No LG Nexus 5X followup planned for 2016

by: John DyeFebruary 24, 2016
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LG and Google are taking some time off. LG says she needs to work on herself, and Google, well, he’ll be seeing other people. Although the relationship was a happy one, this hiatus between the two means that we won’t be seeing a Nexus 5 or Nexus 5X successor any time soon.

The decision was made by LG. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a spokesperson in true it’s-not-you-it’s-me fashion said that the reasons for this break were because “LG needs to focus on its own brand.” The offspring of the two companies’ past interludes, the Nexus 5, was extremely popular among Android fans, who loved how much bang this device sported for relatively few bucks. Its also-affordable sibling, the Nexus 5X, is a pretty sweet device, but it suffered an experience similar to a movie hitting theaters the same weekend as Star Wars, since Huawei’s far more premium Nexus 6P hit the market around the same time.

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In spite of this time apart, LG and Google are allegedly still friends, with spokespersons saying that the Korean electronics company is “totally happy” with the Nexus phones they’ve worked on and their relationship with the search giant. However, building a Nexus device requires a heavy resource investment, and LG wants to spend those working on products that are recognizably their own.

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Perhaps due in part to this reallocation of resources,  LG’s previously recalled smartwatch, the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, looks like it will be reintroduced to the market in the second or third quarter of this year. Fans may recall that this device went for sale briefly, but was subsequently recalled due to hardware issues. Moreover, LG has stated that they will also be releasing an additional smartwatch during this same time frame. Details of this device are forthcoming.

What do you think of LG taking a break from Nexus design? Good idea from a business perspective, or missed opportunities waiting to happen? Let us know your take on this development in the comments below.

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  • Scott Lowe

    I think the Nexus 4 was the best LG built Nexus phone. I still use it as a backup phone. It still runs smoothly. I never was a big fan of the Nexus 5, or 5X. Having said that, I would definitely consider the rumored HTC Nexus phone, especially with front facing speakers.

    • Phil Good

      By my side, it’s hard for me to put away my Nexus5 … I can’t imagine to find a smartphone that worth the money as well as the N5. But today Xiaomi had smthg for me I think!

      • Karly Johnston

        I find the Mi4c runs smoother than the 5X and much cheaper.

  • gulam

    I purchased a nexus 5 and 5x the later i used for about 5 days, in comparison to the one+two its not good value, its build quality is poor and use of SD808 and 2gb ram was wrong decision, the nexus 6P my current phone is good but i think build quality can be improved. I dont care much about LG not making nexus anymore but i wish google made a ” No Compromise ” phone or make 2 a upper mid range and a Pixel grade high end version and sell it at market price like sony samsung lg high end phones, My phone of choice would be on of the sammys but i am a software guy more than hardware

  • Daggett Beaver

    LG is going to need to focus its manpower on fixing all the snap-in modules people are bound to break.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Meh, the Chinese companies will be happy to take their place in the Nexus program. Your loss LG.

  • Anthony Stewart

    Full time now LG stop making the Nexus

  • Johan

    Sony officially just killed the Xperia Z series all together and seem generally confused about their mobile division.

    So they should really take the hint that THIS is where Sony needs to step in and be the replacement.
    It is the perfect match and the signs given by these recent events could not be any clearer.

    They have far more experience with top preforming phones in the smaller category (Xperia Z Compact) than any other OEM.

    So give us “Xperia Nexus”, please!

    • I always thought Sony would be a perfect match. Their phones look simple but elegant like stock.

  • Jonathon Rios

    Seems like no company can make a proper mobile phone anymore. Still using my note 4 cause everything since then has been in poor taste.

  • bizzygeek

    The Nextbit Robin is more of a spiritual successor to the N5 than the 5X is imo.

  • Zilch

    How about Sony? When are they collaborating with Google to create a Nexus phone?
    It will surely be so exciting. :)

  • sunny

    Easy. Xiaomi Nexus 5 a.k.a Xiaomi Ne5. Called it!!!
    Premium specs, affordable, Google, Hugo Barra, humongous emerging markets, …whats not to like??
    In any case, Xiaomi are already in beast mode in this size category for the past 2 years, so it only makes more sense. Cheers!

  • bass

    This is the best tech-related article I’ve read in a long while.
    Kudos!

  • Lim Ming Quan

    About time for Sony to make a Nexus.

  • Kev

    I hope this time is used to fix the major lag issues on the 5x.

  • boota

    when they say “i want a break” it always means “i found someone else but i don’t want to hurt your feelings” /desillusioned boyfriend