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.

Apple abandons NFC mobile payment plans for iPhone 5

It seemed almost a sure thing that Apple would include near-field communication (NFC), a short-range communication technology used for mobile payments and information transfer, in the iPhone 5. But now it looks like we may have to wait until next year.

Sprint’s gadget plans: Nexus S 4G, EVO 3D phone, EVO View tablet

Sprint may be gearing up to take the upcoming CTIA wireless trade show by storm: The company is supposedly planning to launch a 4G version of the Nexus S, a 3D version of the EVO  4G, and a tablet dubbed the EVO View, Engadget reports.

The best and worst in mobile 2010: It’s all about Apple and Android

It’s been a big year for mobile news. Android continued its strong growth in the smartphone market, Apple shook things up with the iPhone 4 and completely rejuvenated the tablet market with the iPad, and former mobile titans like RIM, Palm and Nokia struggled to maintain their relevancy.

Week in review: Why Google needs DRM

Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:

Google’s Andy Rubin explains the Nexus One flop

Give Andy Rubin, the architect of Google’s Android mobile operating system, points for honesty in discussing the failure of the company’s experiment in selling mobile phones directly to consumers.

Google chief shows off Nexus S Android phone with near-field communication (updated)

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt gave gadget fans a rush today when he showed off an unannounced Android phone — which definitely looks like the rumored Samsung Nexus S — with a cool new mobile communications technology. Dubbed near-field communications, the technology lets you wave a cell phone over a reader and use your phone to pay for something.