LG Optimus G Nexus with Android 4.2 – first hands-on report

by: Chris SmithOctober 5, 2012

The Nexus buzz is increasing day after day, with new reports providing more unconfirmed details about this year’s new Google Nexus smartphones. An article stirred the waters yesterday suggesting that the Search giant is planning to expand the Nexus program and allow anyone interested in creating such devices to make them, under certain conditions.

At the same time, we heard again that LG could create the flagship Nexus handset of the year. The device will be largely based on the recently released LG Optimus G. In fact, there’s even a new product name to suggest that: LG Optimus G Nexus instead of the previous name version that we heard for such a product (LG Optimus Nexus).

Now, Android and Me has been given access to the first LG Optimus G Nexus hands on, albeit it can’t provide any images or videos of the device. Apparently the handset has been tested by a source that has access to it, without being a Google employee. Here’s what he told the publication:

“I can confirm the next nexus is LG Optimus based. The phone looks surprisingly like the Galaxy Nexus and does not have sharp corners like the LG Optimus we already know. It has a silver’ring like the iPhone 3G around the outer edge of the screen which seemed to be similar to the Galaxy Nexus in size but was much better in brightness.

I couldn’t have said if it was larger in the few minutes that I had the phone. Also, it has Nexus written on the back like the Nexus 7 except there is a color element to it. The ‘X’ is in four colors. There was also the LG logo on the back.

Android 4.2 in its current state looked exactly like the 4.1.1 we love. There were no tabs on that build version for home-screens as you suggested from your other tipster. What I was amazed by is how fluid everything seemed to be from exiting apps, switching, etc. It seems like they’ve increased the number of transitions and their types. It still had the hodge-podge mess of multiple communication tools: Messenger, GTalk, Voice and SMS.”

Android and Me says the photo it was sent, and which can’t be published due to its nature, reveals that the LG Optimus G Nexus will feature an 8-megapixel shooter. Its LG Optimus G brother will come in two flavors when it comes to camera, 13- and 8-megapixel, so it looks like the Nexus version will not necessarily pack the best of camera choices.

We’ll be back with more news as they become available. In the mean time let us know whether you’re interested in the LG Optimus G Nexus already or you’d rather wait for a different Nexus instead.

  • spectremANDROID

    I’m VERY excited about the rumored direction that the NEXUS program is taking ( with the possibility of multiple OEMs creating their own NEXUS phones ) but not at all interested in an LG device. At least, not based on whatIve read here anyway.

  • FreeBrainTrauma

    we wait for HTC nexus or why not nokia nexus who knows …no way LG…

    • mrband


    • Micmaster

      Troll level: over 9000

  • amugofjava

    There seems to be very little love for LG handsets – are they really that bad?! I love my LG – no problems with it so far :)

  • arcwindz

    Hmm, LG got problem with software updates right? i mean, the specs are WOW! and it comes in nexus version. Though there is no removable battery or sd card slot which i hope were there…

  • tBs_Battousai

    if it’s true am a little p*ssed it’s not getting the 13MP camera, why are Nexus phones never shipped with the best spec’s?

    • Hermanator

      That’s because Nexus devices are only created to show manufacturers what Android is intended to be.

      • DefaultUser

        Seems like none of them are paying attention then.

    • Kyle Gustafson

      more megapixels does not mean better quality. Its all about the lenses. 13MP seems a little ridiculous for a phone, unless it has at least 10X optical zoom and not digital zoom what is the point?

    • DefaultUser

      Better specs would mean better lenses and filters, not throwing more megapixels on it.

  • Will

    As much as I want this phone, I can’t bring myself to buy a non-Cortex A15 powered device this close to the new year.

    • Mak D’Uniq

      this one will pack s4 pro most probably

      • Will

        Yea but the Krait processors in the S4 Pro’s aren’t at the same level as A15’s. They’re better than an A9, but something like an Exynos 5 or OMAP 5430 will wipe the floor with it.

  • Ivan Budiutama

    I really wonder, if the open Nexus built by OEM has direct support from Google like the previous Nexus? or at least the Galaxy Nexus? I mean, all phone will come in different specs. How Google will generalize the OS Versioning? If the case is that OS installation will be as easy as they are on Windows for different range of desktop PCs and laptops, then this is a wonderful news and will truly reduce the fragmentation.

  • Sam

    Next smartphone war between LG vs Samsung no iphone…

  • Perry Ahern

    I love the (rumored) direction that the Nexus program is taking. Adding competition to the pure Android mix should produce some nice devices.

    And as small of a thing as it is, I really do hope Nexus with the colored “X” becomes the standard logo. Besides adding brand recognition I just love the way it looks. I was disappointed that the N7 didn’t have it.

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  • Walkop

    If you think about it, Google could still easily expand the Nexus program to 5 devices even if this is the flagship Nexus device.

    Think about it. “Flagship” does NOT mean “only”. They could easily have 1 main, flagship Nexus device while expanding the entire premise of the program (and the benefits therein) to 4 other devices.

    THAT would be the perfect blend, IMO (only if the Flagship device didn’t get extreme preferential treatment, that is).

  • or how about a apple nexus…………. jeeeeeeeesus kid