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Many sources are now indicating that Google may return to HTC to build the next-gen Nexus. Personally I would be very happy if this was the case as after their announcement about unlocking bootloaders I feel I would like to continue supporting HTC by purchasing more of their products. However, I refuse to leave the Nexus line so I will get the next Nexus regardless of who (HTC or LG) gets the bid to make the worlds first ‘hyper-phone’.
This image has also been circulating as a supposed HTC-built N3 prototype though I personally believe it to be fake.