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

October 5, 2012
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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.

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