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?