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Rumor: Google to partner with LG for Nexus Tab

March 28, 2011 | by Michael Heller

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A while back, the rumors were that Google was going to jump back to HTC for a Nexus tablet, but new reports are saying that Google wants to continue expanding its relationships and partner with a new company. This time around it looks like LG will be anointed to build the Google Experience tablet.

The Google experience is a very important part of the Android ecosystem. Google uses these partnerships to push certain hardware choices that it believes should be the future of Android devices, including AMOLED screens (Nexus One & S), larger internal storage (Nexus S). The Google experience devices historically also showcase the pure form of the Android OS, with no restrictions in features, and no custom UI.

The software end isn’t as big a priority for a Nexus tablet, because the Xoom and upcoming G-Slate both feature stock Android. What will be interesting is seeing what hardware features Google wants to see become standard on Android tablets. Personally, I’d like to see higher res front-facing cameras on larger tablets, because I don’t expect a high-res rear camera has a lot of use on a 10″ tab, but better quality for video calls would be very nice. I’d also like to see the weighed edge of the Notion Ink Adam, and the non-standard form factor come to more tablets.

What do you guys want to see?