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More Google Nexus Smartphones Expected Shortly

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Google is looking to expand its own Nexus brand of smartphones, not through its newly acquired Motorola Mobility subsidiary, but through partnerships with more outside handset manufacturers.

Citing leaked documents from Japan's NTT DoCoMo, Android Noodles says that LG and Sony Mobile will join Samsung in launching new Android based smartphones that fit with Google's Nexus format.

The handsets are also be co-branded, as Samsung Galaxy Nexus II, LG Optimus Nexus and Sony Xperia Nexus. There are no details about specifications for the new phones, although all are expected to support NFC based mobile payments - for use with Google Wallet.

Android will mark its 5th birthday on the 5th November 2012, which looks like an ideal time to show off the new range of handsets.

The move will help assuage concerns that Google would push Motorola products ahead of other vendors, although it will also boost the Nexus brandname in the long term, which could benefit Motorola if Google were to pull the plug later on.

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