It’s looking more and more likely that the next Nexus smartphone will be manufactured by LG. The latest report that supports this prediction emerged today on the Korean tech site Daum.
If the report is accurate, the successor to the Nexus 4 is currently being developed based on the hardware platform of the LG G2, the follow up to the Optimus G.
The device is reportedly going to be launched in early October and will come with a new version of Android on board – Android 5 Key Lime Pie. Moreover, Daum specifies that the name of the smartphone co-developed by Google and LG will be Nexus 5.
In the same report, Daum clarifies a few of the remaining unknown details about the LG G2. In addition to the Snapdragon 800 processor, which is the only officially confirmed spec, the device will feature either 2GB or 3GB of RAM (the site claims that the decision isn’t final), a 13MP camera with OIS, which is supposed to snap greatly improved images, a 2700 mAh battery, a 5.2-inch display Full HD IPS display, and LTE-A support.
The LG G2 is said to come with Android 4.2.2 out of the box, which is a bit questionable, considering that the release of Android 4.3 is widely believed to be imminent.
Getting back to the upcoming Nexus, the report claims that the LG G2 and the Nexus 5 are being developed in parallel, and that the two phones will share specifications. Last year, the Nexus 4 and the Optimus G shared the same specifications, and the two companies may be following the same strategy.
We can't be sure this isn't some speculation presented as fact. With that said, the report seems plausible.
How credible is this report? To be clear, this might be a piece of speculation presented as fact or simply an inaccurate rumor. With that said, the report is quite plausible, given the previous rumors we’ve heard, the fact that the Nexus 4 was developed in the same way, and the fact that we haven’t heard any reports so far about a Nexus device from another manufacturer.
In May, an executive apparently denied that LG wants to make the successor to the Nexus 4, but the Korean company’s PR department was quick to issue a clarification to the statement, saying that LG is open to continue the collaboration with Google. Just days later, Korean media reported that LG already presented Larry Page, the CEO of Google, with a prototype of the Nexus 5. The WSJ has recently confirmed that the “K release” of Android is coming this fall, which seems to corroborate with today’s report from Daum.
We expect to see more details about the LG G2 emerging in the next weeks, and, if what happened last year is any indication, perhaps even some early leaks on the upcoming Nexus.