Rumor: Despite what you’ve heard, an LG Nexus 5 prototype is in the works

May 30, 2013

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    Earlier this week, LG’s Kim Wong sat down for an interview where he revealed a bit about LG’s plans for the future. Wong also brought up the Nexus 5 and led most of the web to believe that LG wasn’t interested in making the next Nexus phone. LG later issued a statement saying that they weren’t working on a Nexus 5 right now, but that they wouldn’t turn down the opportunity in the future.

    With everything seemingly cleared up, that should have been the end of LG Nexus 5 talk for a while. But the rumor mill keeps churning, never sleeping. The latest word is that LG is actively working on the Nexus 5, regardless of what we’ve heard.

    The rumor comes from Korean site Daum.net, who has a history for leaking information that later proves correct. Duam reports that the next-gen Nexus has been in testing inside of LG for about a month now, under strict security conditions. Outside of those working closely with the device, apparently Larry Page is the only person to have seen the Nexus 5 prototype.

    So who should we believe here?

    Obviously we should take all LG Nexus 5 rumors with a grain of salt, but at the same time remember that LG hasn’t denied interest in making another Nexus device. All they said was they weren’t working on the Nexus 5 right now– you know, just like HTC said they weren’t planning an HTC One with a Nexus experience.

    Even Wong’s comments never turned down idea of another Nexus, despite what the media might have you believe. Instead, he simply said, “The Nexus 4 was a great success despite the production problems for us and Google. However we do not need such a marketing success again.”

    It’s true that the Nexus 4 really gave LG a strong shove forward when it came to positive marketing and reputation, despite some of the supply issues they ran into. But there are other reasons beyond marketing to get involved with the Nexus project, such as being the first manufacturer to get the next version of Android, (hopefully) Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

    Being the first to the Key Lime Pie party would be a major win for LG, and would make working with Google on another Nexus well worth the trouble.

    At the moment we really don’t know if LG is or isn’t involved with the next Nexus phone, but if it is, would you be interested in it? Or are you ready for Google to give someone else a shot at making a Nexus smartphone?

    Comments

    • http://twitter.com/Czech_Boy Merek Ropet

      I think LG deserves a second crack at another Nexus. As much as I would love to see HTC work on one, I think it’s well deserved. As long as they fix the back with something that doesn’t break as easily. Maybe with something like the current Nexus 7, a soft rubber backing of some kind. This way we could all go naked! lol

    • Matt Attwood

      Lots of proto’s get left never to see the light of day. If Google pull the plug the work LG is doing doesn’t come into it.

      • kem

        THE NEXT NEXUS 5 IS FROM LG BELIEVE ME.

        I KNOW THAT.

        IT WILL BE THE LG NEXUS 5 ……..

        BUT I WANT LG OPTIMUS G2!!!!

    • WarGasm

      It would please me to see LG get another shot at the Nexus line.

      Most people don’t realize, but if it wasn’t for LG, we probably wouldn’t have had the specs the Nexus 4 had….
      Think about it, which other manufacturer would have used their flagship device as the backbone to build a Nexus on?….

      • rk

        Motorola

        • WarGasm

          Indeed, very true as a matter of fact.
          What I’m afraid of is the X Phone
          It just seems lacking and its not even out yet.
          I know, I know….its not meant to join the ‘specs’ war, but when the new standard is 1080p, its hard to deviate from that.

        • Nickan Fayyazi

          Exactly… I wouldn’t want a Nexus 4 with a dual-core S4 processor and 1 GB of RAM (the same specs as Motorola’s 2012 flagship).

    • Peter

      It seems to me that the next LG Nexus device WILL NOT be called the Nexus 5. If true, then it would be absolutely true for someone to say they are not building the Nexus 5. Play on words, yes, but it allows both statements/rumours to remain intact.

      • Nickan Fayyazi

        I personally think Nexus 5 is a perfect name. Not only would it be the 5th Nexus phone, but it’s also highly likely the next Nexus phone would have a 5″ screen, tying in to the N7/N10 idea of screen size naming.

    • MasterMuffin

      Good that they’re now trying to keep it as a secret. Nexus 4, the worst kept tech secret EVER :D

    • http://www.thinkingbrian.com/ ThinkingBrian

      If LG wants another crack at building another Nexus device, how about building a Nexus Phablet using their new LG Optimus G Pro Smartphone that has a 5.5 inch screen?

    • HitokiriX

      I really want to ask my friend, who works with LG’s mobile department, is this true. But I don’t wanna put him on the spot like that.

      • wilkinson macnamara

        do it!

        • http://www.facebook.com/johnphillip.saayman John-Phillip Saayman

          Lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/johnphillip.saayman John-Phillip Saayman

      I think it’s someone else’s turn.

    • bling

      more like Optimus G2 Google Edition…

    • mario

      LG would be nice again..but with CDMA compatibility please

    • Anirudh

      Ohh HTC also said there is no HTC stock version in work. Nowadays company’s instead of keeping mum (accepting,in a way) deny to these often true rumours.

    • TheMimic12

      LG did one thing that HTC and Samsung didn’t: and that was make an TREMENDOUS bargain on the Nexus 4. However, while I have no objections to them making the next Nexus, I believe Google needs to give HTC another crack at it, because while the One Nexus User Experience is nice, a tried-and-true, bona fide Nexus from HTC would be spot-on wonderful. However, I wouldn’t object to a slight bump in price (up to $100) to see more top-of-the-line specs, like LTE support, or a better display and larger battery.

      Nonetheless, while I really don’t care for Verizon, CDMA variants need to be made. Google honestly needs to take a leaf from Apple (as much i don’t like it, but they did it right here) and keep carrier bloatware OFF the Nexus, and push updates directly to the device. i’m aware that support for CDMA takes londer for android, but when it comes, GET IT THERE FAST!!! Google isn’t what it was in 2011, so it can put its foot down against Big Red and keep away bloatware and push updates directly. I don’t see a problem with Sprint letting Google push its updates on-time, though…. so personally, there wouldn’t be a problem putting one out on Verizon, but a Sprint variant is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!!!! Don’t deny the other Open Handset Alliance carrier (the other is T-Mobile) a Nexus!!!!!!!

    • MC Wong

      Lg has created a great phone in the nexus 4, they should continue with the 5.

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