Though Google has made Android available to everyone who wishes to implement it (at least the smartphone version), it has always wanted to create its own devices with hardware partners which would allow users to experience Android the way Google intended it.
On the mobile front, Google first launched the Nexus One which though made by HTC, ran the “pure” version of Android. It was one of the best Android phones when it launched, but failed due to lack of carrier support and a high price point. After that, it partnered with Samsung to launch the Nexus S which ran Android 2.3 Gingerbread without any customizations, which was a moderate success.
The Motorola Xoom was touted to be a Google experience tablet, but Google didn’t give it the Nexus branding. Now we know why! Today, rumors have started circulating that Google is working on its own Nexus tablet which would be made by LG. It will run the “pure” Android 3.0 Honeycomb without any embellishments (though we are confused because the Motorola Xoom does the same). The rumor comes from a very credible source with a good track record – Mobile Review – so it’s very likely that we will see the Nexus tablet soon.