Google to pick LG for next Nexus tablet, says analyst. Hold your horses, says this tech blogger

July 29, 2013
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In the 24 hours news cycle, the pressure is on for tech sites to deliver as much news as possible as fast as possible. Sadly though, good old common sense often becomes a collateral victim.

Let’s take this latest piece of “news” for example: a Korean industry analyst (a reputable one for what it’s worth) has issued a research note where he makes some predictions about Google’s Nexus program. Mingchi Kuo of KGI Securities thinks that for the next Nexus 7 tablet, Google will drop Asus and partner with LG instead. The reasons offered by Kuo are:

  • Google has traditionally rotated its Nexus partners, and Asus has already had enough time in the spotlight.
  • Google has cooperated with LG for a smartphone, but not a tablet.
  • Teaming up with LG would give Google access to the display technologies of LG Display at competitive prices.

Ok, let’s back up a little. These all seem plausible reasons why Google would want to drop Asus as a partner and work with LG instead. The problem is I could come up with many plausible reasons why Google would want to work with HTC, Sony, Motorola, or other Android manufacturer for the next Nexus tablet. Or they could just keep working with Asus – there’s no rule preventing a company from scoring more than two Nexus generations. Just look at Samsung, which, according to Sundar Pichai, will release its fourth Nexus device this fall.

Mingchi Kuo’s guess might be an educated one, but it’s just that – a guess. Kuo made a few good predictions in the past, but that doesn’t mean we should take his words as gospel. Especially since the Nexus 7 (2013) has just launched, and it’s very possible that not even Google’s executives know yet the 2014 Nexus partners.

Let me be clear, I am not accusing Mingchi Kuo of anything. He’s just doing his job; analysts are paid to make educated guesses for their clients after all. LG might get to make the next Nexus, who knows? I am just saying that we should all be a little more critical about what we write and what we read.

Comments

  • 2gerry

    See, this the kind of thing I hope your site don’t do. That is to write articles like this. No lne would have known what that guy predicted or what not had you not written it here. I hope you jus ignore things like that. This is not even a article in my opinion. This exact thing you wrote applies to the first part of what you just said above….that is, in a hurry to write something, even though I cannot think of anything worthwhile.Sorry for the crticism. However, hope that commentas like mine would make you guys think twice about what you write too.

    • http://AndroidAuthority.com/ Bogdan Petrovan

      Except the story got picked up by at least three major tech sites already (the one’s I’ve seen), so AA readers might see it anyway. I was just trying to make a little sense of it.

      • Mayoo

        You are right, the news is there and it makes perfect sense to report it. The article is to be taken as food for thought. We like that. Rumors is powering a lot of Android news so we want them! Rumors lead to questions that leads to answers. This is great stuff.

        Having that said, Jackie Chan’s death have also been picked up by major sites before and proved wrong. lawlz! ;-)

  • Misti curia

    Lg makes shite tablets, I don’t like to judge them for there previous mistakes but I will anyway. I don’t want an lg nexus 7 or 10

  • OMGgary

    If the 2013 Nexus 7 builds on the success of the 2012 model, perhaps doing much better, then I can’t really see Google dropping Asus for the third generation model. I think we are going to see the same 3 Nexus manufacturers as last year, Samsung is pretty much confirmed for the 2013 Nexus 10, and I suspect we’ll see the Nexus 4 successor, based off the LG G2, by November.

  • Luka Mlinar

    It’s simple. It falls down to price. Nexus 7 is a high end tablet offered at a lower price. If it wasn’t for the Nexus all tablets on the market would cost anywhere from 30-50% more. If not even more. Take Sony for example. They got their premium looking tablet that can go under water and what have you. So consider a typical Sony user; he could buy a tablet for 530€ (using Croatia’s prices) that can go under water or he could buy the same damn thing for more than half the price but he can’t use it under water. And here’s the kicker. You can put a tablet under water but can’t use the touch screen. U can make a similar argument with Samsung comparing the prices. The main thing is this: I am a costumer, I don’t give a f*** who makes it, just as long as they keep the same old cheep price. That is all i really need. Not an overpriced underwater brick.

    • Luka Mlinar

      So you can’t make an argument about Google no letting others make it since by how i see it; it is more likely that other manufacturers don’t want to have anything to do with it.

    • MasterMuffin

      Costumer? :PPPPPPP

  • Albin

    Now that they’ve finally come out with the Motorola phone I’d be guessing any big next move would be to a Motorola tablet, question being when would that product be ready and would they want an interim change before that?

  • MasterMuffin

    I don’t believe that LG will be the next one to build Nexus 7 and I hope that Sony will get a chance to make it!