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Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean?) Spotted On 2 Possible Motorola Nexus Devices

Eric McBride
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While we can’t 100% confirm that Android 4.2 will stay Android Jelly Bean (in the form of an incremental update), we can now confirm that the newest version of Android is slowly starting to appear on multiple devices. Benchmark results for 2 new Motorola devices (dubbed “Occam” and “Manta”) have recently popped up on the web, which seem to indicate that Motorola is set to unveil 2 Android devices (1 phone, and 1 tablet) running Android 4.2 out of the box. Could these 2 mystery devices be the Googlerola Nexus phone and tablet we’ve patiently been waiting for?

The leaked screenshots are Antutu benchmarks, and while we don’t have confirmation on exactly which hardware the devices are packing, we can see that the Occam is displays a CPU frequency of 1512. It could be a quad core chipset running the device, or it could be the powerful dual core Snapdragon S4 chipset found in the RAZR M. If this is the case, the test would indicate a much higher score on Android 4.2 than the previous benchmarks found on Android 4.1 devices running the same hardware.

The Manta device seems to be a tablet packing a 1.7Ghz processor, with a codename similar to those used for the Xoom tablet (Stingray, Wingray).

Here is a screenshot of the benchmarks, courtesy of Phone Arena:

If Google and Motorola are about to release a possible Nexus phone and tablet, all I can say is: WINNING/Finally! While Motorola is having a tough time due to some restructuring and some angry customers who want their promised Android update, evidence of Nexus devices coming from Google’s new OEM could certainly help generate some positive buzz about Googlerola and their Nexus plans. A Nexus phone or tablet coming from Moto at this point would be an Android first, as Google would finally be able to develop software for their own hardware (ala Apple). Exciting? You betcha.

What do you guys think? Would a Googlerola Nexus phone and tablet be something that could make you hold off on your next Android purchase?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Picture credits: androidauthority.com (screenshots via Phone Arena)

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  • Anna F. Oct 9, 2012 Link

    Google won't be "developing software for their own hardware ála Apple" because even though Google owns Motorola, they're still separate companies (unlike Sony Ericsson etc). So Motorola has different engineers, artists and all that and nothing suggest they'll cooperate with Google's engineers no matter how much we'd love that.

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  • Eric McBride Oct 9, 2012 Link

    @Anna - While that's true, Google HAD to say that in order not to piss off the rest of the Android OEMS. They dont want Samsung or anyone else thinking that Motorola gets special treatment. That being said, I firmly believe that Google will use the company they bought for 12.5 BILLION dollars to create Nexus phones. Google can now safely do this due to the fact that every OEM can now build Nexus devices. That means, every OEM gets the source code for new Android releases, giving everyone the same chances. I think that's more than fair.

    Moto may be a separate company, but as you can see from the current company restructuring going on, Google is now getting their hands deeper into Motorola, and you can better bet that Google will have their own engineers going hands on with Motorola's engineers to do some serious software AND hardware development.

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  • Patrick R. Oct 10, 2012 Link

    @Eric I agree that google will go overboard with trying to project that they are not playing favorites but it will be to the detriment of its users - without us even realizing it. The next step in their development cycle should be software hardware optimization. How many android chipsets are there? Snapdragon, Tegra, Exynos and Intel from the big players and a couple of others. How many does apple have? The A6. The hardware software optimized iOS device running 512RAM (or is it 1GB now) and a dual core underclocked cpu and quad core gpu matches and beats 1.7Ghz quadcore beasts with 2GB RAM in benchmarks. Okay, benchmarks may not be indicative of real world performance but who would argue with the smoothness of the iOS experience? The reality of it is Apple is able to match or come close to Android with less because of these optimizations. In the android or Samsung world the specwise the iPhone 5 would be maybe the Galaxy Ace with a better screen and camera but performance wise it is nearer to the S3 than the Ace. Before I get flamed and bashed I wanna make it clear I am talking about performance and not features here.

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  • Mag J Oct 10, 2012 Link

    @Patrick: I'm completely with you . We can make fun of iPhone for thousand other things, but there is not even single Android phone which beats iPhone performance or speed and looks. Unlike iPhone, Android is multitasking(partial!!!) and we have widgets and thousand other things running in the background, but Android/Google should make Project Butter even better(My Nexus 7 rocks). Customized hardware can also help OEMs in reducing the manufacturing costs instead of upgrading the Processors or chip sets. Let's hope they will hit the right balance between Quality, Price, OEMs and our favorite customization.

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  • Patrick R. Oct 12, 2012 Link

    @Mag good point on finding the right balance. I really hope that in the near future, Google develops for a specific SoC, Tegra, Snapdragon or Exynos (please God not Intel) and let the OEMs adapt if they want to use another chipset. It would really take the fight right at the last bastion where Apple holds its final advantage - software hardware integration. Their jack of all trades master of none approach to kernel and ROM development took them this far, they need to man up and take the next step to finally put the last nail in apple's coffin. It would hopefully wake apple up and they'd be forced to come up with a new revolutionary and noteworthy device. And while they're at it, revive the Chromium project and finally come out with a PC OS and take the fight to windows and OSX. haha

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  • Anna F. Oct 12, 2012 Link

    @Eric hmm... You have a point there. Maybe the RAZR HD is no indication of what Google and Motorola are going to do in the future.. Motorola was probably already designing the phone before the acquisition..

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