The Korea Times: LG is currently working with Google on the next Nexus smartphone

If you’re really hardcore about Android, then chances are you own a Nexus device. For those unfamiliar with the term, it’s a brand that signifies the hardware in your hand runs pure unadulterated Google software, and that it’ll be supported by Google for the foreseeable future.

The first Nexus device, the Nexus One, was made by HTC. The next two Nexus phones, the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus, were made by Samsung. The Nexus that’s currently out on the market, the Nexus 4, is made by LG.

I’m not going to sugar coat this, it’s a highly controversial product that tends to make emotions rise whenever it’s brought up. LG has repeatedly failed to meet demand for the Nexus 4, Google’s servers couldn’t handle the orders for the phone when it initially went on sale, and the prices were and still are all over the place depending on which country you call home. Americans can buy a Nexus 4 for $350, but if you live in Italy then that number goes up to 600 EUR or $785.

With all that context, I’m not sure whether LG making the next Nexus is a good idea or not. According to The Korea Times however, it looks like Google doesn’t have any qualms about buddying up with South Korea’s other large technology company again.

Circling back to this rumored device, what’s it going to bring to the able? I image the “Nexus 5″ will be a variant of either the LG Optimus G or G Pro. I’d love it was a G Pro variant because I’m a huge fan of large screens, but it would still be a great phone even it it shipped with a 5 inch 1080p display.

Now let’s hope LG can make more than 10 of them every 24 hours.

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  • Robert Caldecott

    At least it’s not Samsung. The LG Nexus 4 is a superb device, only let down by a mediocre camera, which I’d love them to address with the next version. But I can see it now … forums full of people complaining about how the next Nexus should be a HTC One running stock Android in 1, 2, 3…

    Regarding the supply issues, yes, it was embarrassing for both Google and LG and I’m a little surprised Google didn’t say “never again”. They said at the time that supplies from LG were “sporadic” and I imagined a great gnashing of teeth at Mountain View over their choice of 2012 Nexus partner.

    I’d love to have inside knowledge of how the Nexus program works and to see some of the phones rejected by Google. I once read that Sony were in line for the third Nexus device but blew it and Samsung got called in at the last minute.

    (I’m actually on my second Nexus 4. I woke up to a very strange issue on Wednesday which necessitated calling Google for an RMA at 10:30AM. By 10:00AM Thursday I had a brand new device in my hand, complete with those little nubs and a better build quality all round.)

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      Like you said, regardless of what happens, there will be people who are upset. It’s just a sad fact of (Android) life.

  • misternobg

    I paid mine 8GB 370 eur 30 days ago in Belgrade. If I knew that LG will refresh model with two nubs I would wait because lack of nubs dampens loudspeaker. I hope that the new Nexus will have at least 5 inch screen or even better 5.5 inch because current 4.7 inch screen is almost one centimeter smaller because of back,home and multitasking buttons!

  • Qbancelli

    They earned it by making the best Nexus ever.
    Cheap and awesome.
    It can only get better. My next phone.