LG won't be making the Nexus 5

According to a recent interview with LG Mobile's European VP, Kim Wong, LG won't be making the next Nexus phone, claiming that while the device was a "great success" for the company, they don't need to repeat that success again. LG is also weary of releasing a new phone without their own custom skin, with Won saying there is "no added value for us" in going with vanilla Android.

When a senior LG official clarified this statement to The Verge, it seems that the partnership with Google has not abruptly ended: LG hasn't got a Nexus 5 in production, but they would still work with the company in the future if given the opportunity.

Only Samsung has made consecutive Nexus devices, producing the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, with LG taking the reigns for the last model (the Nexus 4) and HTC producing the original Nexus One. While the Nexus 4 was widely praised for including an up-to-date chipset and being very cheap to purchase outright, the camera was heavily criticized, while availability problems plagued many users wanting to buy the device.

LG also has a new Android tablet in the works, according to Wong, although the tablet market is "fairly segmented" at the moment. The last Google-powered tablet the Korean company produced was the Optimus Pad LTE, an 8.9-inch Android 3.2 tablet released in early 2012, with Windows tablets also largely ignored outside Korea.

Finally, Wong stated that LG is looking to producing smartphones using an OS other than Android, as the "current duopoly of Google and Apple is not healthy for the market." If you thought this might mean LG will return to making Windows Phones, think again, as Wong said that Microsoft's mobile OS is a "low priority" at this stage; this means we'll likely see a Firefox OS device or an entirely different OS on an LG phone sometime in the future.

Source: All About Phones (1), (2), (3), The Verge | Image via Tested

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Back in November - January, I received and returned 3 Nexus 4 devices. First one wouldn't boot after the first day, the back of the second one spontaneously cracked after a day and had never been dropped, and the third one had a nonfunctional front facing camera.

I'd say LG reaffirmed my love for Apple and iPhone. So Google not using them for anything ever again in the future would be a smart move IMO.

I love my Nexus 4 and think the build quality is just fine. My only gripes are no LTE and no SD storage. Maybe there won't be a Nexus 5? With Samsung coming out with a "Nexus Experience" S4, I wonder if the S4 will become the flagship Google phone.

I think it's been one of Google's goal to build relationships with different manufacturers, so it makes sense to let different ones make each Nexus.

Hopefully we'll see Google do something with Motorola Mobility at some point! Their own Nexus would be awesome fore sure.

Bah, success. Who needs it?
Why would any company turn away an opportunity for success? I'm guessing they didn't make money on venture, otherwise why would he be so glib when asked if LG would do it again?

/sigh. It's not LG's fault - Google has forwardly said they prefer not to see it in Nexus devices. Remember Galaxy Nexus?

Anyways, thank God. LG makes crap phones, and I wasn't impressed with the Nexus 4. All it had going was the price point, other than that, just a big old meh.

No value? Guess making money isnt a good thing for them. And adding a custom skin really has not worked for a lot of companies. More and more people I see are wanting the vanilla experience. Faster updates and less garbage to deal with.

And hope they dont plan on developing their own OS as I doubt that will do well. They should start making WP devices.

techbeck said,
No value? Guess making money isnt a good thing for them. And adding a custom skin really has not worked for a lot of companies. More and more people I see are wanting the vanilla experience. Faster updates and less garbage to deal with.

And hope they dont plan on developing their own OS as I doubt that will do well. They should start making WP devices.


They didn't gain much at all from the Nexus 4, it was priced way too low for that. The success they had were the marketing of the company. So, yes, there is no more value in this for them.

The customized experience can be quite good. It often includes features that should have been in the vanilla experience. For example, I had to buy a keyboard from the market because the vanilla keyboard just isn't good enough, lacking major features like using multiple dictionaries simultaneously. My friend had that feature built into the Xperia keyboard.

As for the OS, I assume they'll use something that is already in development. While they did buy webOS, they stated they'd use that for their smart TV platform, so I guess that might not be used for their phones. But there are plenty of alternatives, like Ubuntu Phone, Sailfish, Firefox OS etc.

Good, the Nexus 4 had a great price point and great software but was let down by a terrible build quality not seen on previous models. LG should never have been trusted with such an important product.

thealexweb said,
Good, the Nexus 4 had a great price point and great software but was let down by a terrible build quality not seen on previous models. LG should never have been trusted with such an important product.

Well, the poor build quality is what made it an LG... LOL

But Ingramator makes a very good point. Who else could do it for that price?

thealexweb said,
Good, the Nexus 4 had a great price point and great software but was let down by a terrible build quality not seen on previous models. LG should never have been trusted with such an important product.

Not true. I've never been as happy with a phone as I am with the N4. I've had all the iPhones, several other Android phones including the Galaxy S series, and Windows Phone 7 & 7.5 phones. I've had my N4 for over half a year now, and there isn't a scratch or any other fault on it and I don't even have a case for it.

Jub Fequois said,

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I'm baffled by that, I watched one fall 20cm, completely wrote the device off. I've dropped my Desire HD three times that distance into a road and it came off without a scratch.

Jub Fequois said,

Not true. I've never been as happy with a phone as I am with the N4. I've had all the iPhones, several other Android phones including the Galaxy S series, and Windows Phone 7 & 7.5 phones. I've had my N4 for over half a year now, and there isn't a scratch or any other fault on it and I don't even have a case for it.


I've dropped mine at the floor a few times, and I have a crack in the back panel. And I've had it for less than 6 months. But then again I have seen the same happen with the iPhone 4; I guess it's not ideal to have glass panel at the back of the device.

But overall I wouldn't say the build quality is that bad.

I've never dropped mine, so perhaps that's it!

I agree that glass isn't the ideal for mobile phones though. So many people have had their iPhones cracked …

thealexweb said,

I'm baffled by that, I watched one fall 20cm, completely wrote the device off. I've dropped my Desire HD three times that distance into a road and it came off without a scratch.


I dropped mine on concrete twice this weekend and once in the bathroom. It's banged up a little on the corners that it hit, but it survived. It does scratch very easily though. Also, I'm not this clumsy and I have no idea why so many drops this weekend. Lol.

thealexweb said,
Good, the Nexus 4 had a great price point and great software but was let down by a terrible build quality not seen on previous models. LG should never have been trusted with such an important product.
True. My power button almost died until I replaced it myself but I feel that my volume up button is dieing next soon...


Also I have a problem with LG Singapore's service....

Singapore is not one of the countries that can order a Nexus 4 from Google Play Store for your info.

Before I bought the Nexus 4, LG Singapore posted on their official Facebook page saying that Nexus 4 that are purchased from Google Play Store will receive warranty and service from LG Singapore. So thinking of there is warranty included, I purchased the Nexus 4.

After purchasing, LG Singapore posted on their Facebook again to people who purchased theirs before 25th December 2012 (the date the post was made) will be handle case by case basis and people purchased after 25th December 2012 will not get warranty. I purchased mine before 25th December 2012 so I guess I still have warranty....

However, I was wrong. I tried to service my power button which starts to get less responsive as time pass but the customer service centre told me there will be not warranty. If I service I have to spend an additional of about 40SGD(31USD) excluding all the servicing charges and replacement parts.

So basically LG Singapore did not keep their promise at all. So in the end, I just go to eBay and buy the replacement parts and tools myself and it just cost 10.20SGD (8.03USD) and fix it myself.

Good that the LG no longer make any Nexus device because I won't buy from them ever again.

That makes no sense, if the Nexus 4 was a success, then why do they want out? As a company, you want success after sucess, there's something they're not telling us.

I think that either the relationship with Google cost them a lot of money, or someone lied about the Nexus 4 sucess.

Seketh said,
That makes no sense, if the Nexus 4 was a success, then why do they want out? As a company, you want success after sucess, there's something they're not telling us.

I think that either the relationship with Google cost them a lot of money, or someone lied about the Nexus 4 sucess.


Agreed. What other successes has LG had lately? Bizarre.

I think, as can be seen by their financial results, the nexus deal wasn't helping them at all. Google probably said they had to keep at this price point amongst all sorts of regulation and in the end they made practically no profit so don't see why they should continue. There is always more to the story.

It may have been a success as far as drawing attention to LG as an Android manufacturer, but the financial gains of now adding their own custom content/skin/launcher could outweigh the benefits by repeating the same.

nik louch said,
It may have been a success as far as drawing attention to LG as an Android manufacturer, but the financial gains of now adding their own custom content/skin/launcher could outweigh the benefits by repeating the same.

This.

A great success doesn't always mean a financial profit. And if you keep repeating the same over and over, you will reach a point where you cannot gain more from that. Most likely, one successful device gave them most of what they could gain from such a deal, and hence they are pulling out now to pursue more beneficial opportunities.

Will be interesting to see what OS they are gonna target, it's great to hear that we'll see something else than the Apple, Google and Microsoft for once.

john.smith_2084 said,
Hard to believe, most likely neowin changed the guy statement as usual the article makes you believe the guy said "hey I am not interested in making money"

I guess you didnt read the source posted at the end of the OP.

techbeck said,

I guess you didnt read the source posted at the end of the OP.

I did read the source, and I searched the internet, and as usual neowin changed the facts, the same like last time when they announced that Google is removing Checkout instead of saying that they are rebranding it with Google Wallet

Anyway, must stop visit this site, it can be informative, but it also has tons of errors, usually what happens when kids do journalism