Google to tap LG for Nexus tablet?

Following in the footsteps of Google’s Nexus One and Nexus S flagship smartphones, it appears that the company may also be planning for a Nexus tablet device — and this time around, it may be tapping LG to be its manufacturing partner, CrunchGear reports.

Nexus One update runs faster, serves Wi-Fi

Owners of Google Nexus One phones have begun receiving updates to version 2.2 of the Android operating system, Google’s open source platform that is also used by Motorola and HTC. As shown in a Google marketing video meant for Android app developers, Android 2.2. has a faster browser and faster game play speeds.

Android inventor Andy Rubin: Nexus One store "didn't pan out"

Google’s Andy Rubin, one of the Android operating system’s inventors, talked about the pluses and minuses of Google’s experiment with the Nexus One phone on-stage today. The Nexus One was a success in a number of ways, but Rubin acknowledged that initiative to sell phones directly to consumers via the Web “didn’t pan out.”

Google closing Nexus One online store, focusing on retail locations

When Google launched the Nexus One, it aimed to sell the phone primarily via its online store (google.com/phone), and eschewed traditional retail channels. Unfortunately, that led to lower than expected sales, and now the company is having second thoughts. Android engineer and evangelist Andy Rubin announced in a blog post today that Google will shift its Nexus One strategy to focus on retail stores and will eventually close the online store.

Google hints at no Nexus One for Verizon

Verizon users been waiting patiently for Google’s Nexus One smartphone since it announced the device in January. At the time, it said the phone would be headed to Verizon stores sometime in spring. But now it looks like Verizon may be the only provider not to get the device, according to a recent blog post by Google (via GearLog).

Google to offer stripped-down Nexus One phone in India?

Google may be preparing to launch a stripped-down, low-cost version of its Nexus One smartphone in India, and possibly other developing markets, according to speculation on multiple Indian technology sites. The rumors appear to have originated in a tweet from a TV show producer. But irrespective of how it got started, it sure highlights the importance that Google is placing on the developing markets.