LG denies plans for a Google Play Edition of the LG G2

by: Andrew GrushAugust 8, 2013


Once upon a time (a few months ago), pretty much the only way to avoid skinned Android was to pick yourself up a Nexus device. This all changed starting with the Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, which took Samsung’s flagship device and stripped away all the carrier customizations in favor of stock Android.

Since then, we’ve also seen HTC One jump on the bandwagon, and Motorola has indicated plans to do the same. With the LG G2 now official, we have to wonder if LG follow suite. The answer is “no”, at least according to LG PR spokesperson Ken Hong.

“As of right now, LG doesn’t have any plans for a Google Play Edition. The focus for the G2 is penetration through carriers. That however could change down the road,” states Hong.

If I were a betting man, I’d say it is probable that we will see the LG G2 running in full stock Android glory sometime in the future, either as a GPe device or as the next Nexus.

So what exactly does this mean? One obvious answer is that LG isn’t interested in releasing a GPe model because the G2 could be the basis for the Nexus 5, which would make a GPe model redundant. The obvious answer isn’t always the right one, however.

The LG G2 has a lot of cool features and killer hardware, and I personally hope it is the inspiration for the Nexus 5, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. There are other possible explanations for why LG isn’t planning on a GPe model.

First, they could truly have more interest in pushing their devices onto carriers, as they claim. After all, this is one of the few LG flagships that will arrive on all four major U.S. carriers, so they clearly are upping their game here.

Another possibility is that LG is pulling an HTC move. Remember HTC’s official response when asked if they’d release a GPe version of the HTC One? And yet here we are.

Ultimately, we just don’t know what the future hold. If I were a betting man, I’d say it is probable that we will see the LG G2 running in full stock Android glory sometime in the future, either as a GPe device or as the next Nexus.

What do you think, do you hope to see a GPe G2 or a G2-based Nexus 5? Or would you rather pick up the LG G2 in its current form?

Source: Android Community

  • Tamadrummer94

    Didn’t someone high up at LG say they weren’t interested in doing another Nexus because they don’t need that kind of marketing anymore? And this is a big mistake in my eyes.

    • Holmes

      Yes but then rumors came out shortly after that they WERE going to do another Nexus 5 despite the public statement. When you think about it, there is no reason for LG to admit involvement with the Nexus 5 ahead of time. Zero. They want all the focus to be on the G2 for as long as possible.

      • OMGgary

        Spot on. It would be foolish of them to reveal anything regarding either the G2 as a base for the next Nexus, or the possibility of a GPe version of G2 itself. Doing so could cause them to miss out on potential customers who might then ignore the existing, “normal”, G2 in favour of waiting for its stock Android brothers.
        Just like Samsung with Touchwiz, HTC with Sense, Huawei’s Emotion UI etc., LG would also probably rather that people got familiar with their distinctive UI and brand. But if stock Android is what a certain percentage of people want, and will buy nothing else, then I’m sure LG sees sales of such devices as money coming in, which they can’t afford to ignore, even if it isn’t doing quite as much to establish their own brand.
        So anyone, even if it is the CEO, who says LG isn’t interested in doing another Nexus is not really telling the truth.

      • Tamadrummer94

        Good point.

    • Nathan Borup

      It was the CEO of the company that said that at the unveiling of the G2

    • kamikaze

      Isn’t that what happened with Asus and the Nexus 7 2 (as AA calls it :-) ). Senior Asus personnel denied wanting to make the next Nexus 7 and yet…..

  • Dean Hassan

    They will just go for a GPe G5 instead! So I think they’re pulling the HTC move!

  • Alain Lafond

    For me, one thing is sure…. From the specs I saw… I won’t change my Nexus 4 for an Moto X. But for a LG G2, it’s more ossible… Especially if it’s a Nexus phone. Not a Google phone, but a Nexus phone… I don’t wanna wait for upgrades…

  • Noah Stelte

    The whole, buying a Google Play edition on a phone has always had me asking, why? If you want the stock android version of a phone, why not just root it?

    Now if you want to buy a phone contract phone free, then sure… but i’d rather try the companies software first and see if I like it.

    Can’t wait to buy this phone, my Galaxy S2 will soon be retired to just a home media device!

    • SkylaC90

      my thoughts exactly.

    • Cole Raney

      Because rooting your phone voids your warranty.

      • Cole Raney

        And custom roms aren’t as stable.

      • Nathan Borup

        rooting a play edition also voids the warranty

        • Cole Raney

          You don’t need to root a google play edition to get vanilla android though.

      • Noah Stelte

        True, but you can always unroot it if you need to bring it in to warranty, I’ve done it twice, no issues.

        • Cole Raney

          I always worry that i am going to brick my device though. I have heard that you have to be really stupid to hard brick your device, but i am still paranoid.

          • Noah Stelte

            tutorials are everywhere… from youtube to forums that are exactly for your device and carrier. If you’re hesitant, try it on an older device that’s not your primary….. and the forums are extremely helpful… they’re literally communities with people there to answer your questions. Try it on an older device, it’s fun to get rid of all the bloatware, turn off the camera sound, underclock the cpu if you want to…. it’s a lot of fun. You can do as little or as much as you want to do.

          • Cole Raney

            I only wish i had an older device to try it on. I used to be an iOS fanboy, and my first android device is my current galaxy s3. I am thinking of maybe buying an old nexus phone to root and get custom roms for. As long as i can find it really cheap.

    • NexusKoolaid

      Also consider that it’s not always a dislike of the OEM’s software that would drive people to a GP Edition of the phone. It could just be a dislike of the carrier’s OS modifications and the [email protected] they shovel onto the versions they sell.

      • Noah Stelte

        ….which you can get rid of by rooting…

  • AndroidBrian

    Nexus 5! If G2 gets the Nexus treatment, this phone will sell out faster than its predecessor. This phone running key-lime pie would be pretty epic. I hope Google keeps the exact same specs too. Worried Google may put a smaller battery and lower pixel camera to cut cost. I will actually be surprised (pleasantly) if Nexus 5 came with a 13 mp camera. Fingers crossed. Also hoping they stay at the same price point. $300-$350.

    If they make this phone the Nexus 5 I may actually keep a phone longer than 1 year. Maybe…..

    • Piyush

      keep dreaming that kind of highend for that price.

      • Cole Raney

        The nexus 4 was just as high end by last years standards.

        • Piyush

          it had mediocre camera , screen quality was not at all great , only 16gb storage and worst of all battery didn’t last all day , so how is it highend phone and only good point about nexus 4 device has 2gb ram and stock android.

          • Cole Raney

            The camera wasn’t bad. I fail to see how that helps determine whether it is high end or not though. The screen quality. Looked fine to me. I would say it looked better than the galaxy s3 in many cases, and I thought the galaxy S3 had a nice display.

            16 GB isn’t bad. Although 16 should be the base, not the higher end one, so I will give you that one.

            Hopefully the nexus 5 doesn’t t skimp on the battery, and have same ram and processor as the g2 and a 1080p display. I think that could be done for $300 with the same low profit margins as the nexus 4.

          • Piyush

            You havent compared camera to lumia 920 and iphone 5 and htc one X all were good compared to nexus4 and s3 had pentile display you should have compared it with htc one X you would have seen the difference and camera like 13mp some new hardware like lte , sd card storage , 3000mah battery and see how price rises and cost of 1080p display is double the cost of 720p there is article on the net.

          • Cole Raney

            I could not find comparisons to those, and i don’t have any of those devices to compare it to. However, the galaxy s3 was a high end phone, and the nexus 4 compares well to the gs3 in all those, plus it comes with a better processor.

          • Piyush

            thats my point , nexus comes with better processor and ram thats it other hardware are mediocre to keep the low price.

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  • oli72

    G2 im all over it. nexus 5 bring it on.

  • 26

    N5 all over over over and over GPe!