We talked today about Google potentially expanding the Nexus pool to include any OEM that meets the minimum criteria for such a project. But it looks like that there still might be one Nexus device released this year, and that the hardware partner will be another newbie to the line, LG.
There’s been lots of talk about a LG Optimus G Nexus and that it would look like the Optimus G but run stock Android. Turns out that isn’t entirely accurate. A user who has apparently tested a prototype of the device describes it “surprisingly like the Galaxy Nexus… a silver ring like the iPhone 3G.” One of the Galaxy Nexus’ best qualities is its all-screen design and contoured edges that make it incredibly comfortable to hold despite its size.
“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.”
If the information described above is correct, it’s describing a very iterative Nexus, one with a 8MP camera (not the 13MP module found in the Optimus G), running a new-but-familiar version of Android.
This whole thing sounds a bit fishy to me, and there are a lot of people very skeptical about LG’s ability to make a great Nexus phone. But judging from the Optimus 4X HD and Optimus G, the company has done an incredible job improving its design and manufacturing proficiency, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see LG’s logo underneath the Nexus insignia this fall.
The LG Optimus G Nexus is expected to be announced, and released, in November. Stay tuned for more details.
Source: Android and Me