Google has been recently rumored to plan making some changes to its approach to the release of new Nexus handsets, through having more such phones launched at once from multiple vendors.
Nothing has been officially confirmed on the matter for the time being, but additional details on the this have emerged. Apparently, there will be five new Nexus smartphones launched this year, and all of them might arrive on November 5th. According to a recent article on talkandroid, November 5th marks the fifth anniversary of Android, and the new devices should arrive on shelves all at once to celebrate that. The info comes from a “trusted source,” but no specific info on these devices has been provided until now. However, since Google usually releases new Nexus phones with a new flavor of Android on board, we might expect it to make a similar move this year as well.
Most probably, these five handsets will be powered by the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean platform, which has been already rumored a few times to arrive in 2012. What is unclear at the moment is whether these devices will be unveiled to the world on that day or announced before November 5th, with plans to have them on shelves on this date. Previously, Google had Nexus smartphones coming from two mobile phone makers, namely HTC Corporation and Samsung Electronics. Since it has just completed the acquisition of Motorola, we could expect for one of the aforementioned five phones to be made by this vendor (technically, they would come from Google itself).
What remains to be seen is what other phone makers will join the Nexus party, though we might expect for LG to be one of them, as well as Chinese makers such as ZTE. All previous Nexus smartphones were launched with top-of-the-line hardware and features packed inside, and this might not change with the upcoming release, but no details on the matter are yet available.