New Nexus devices coming from LG, Samsung, Sony and HTC?

Rumors are circulating the web that Google will introduce Android 4.2 (likely Key Lime Pie) this November at an event where they will also announce new Nexus devices, among them the LG Optimus G. The Optimus G features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor with a 1.5GHz Quad-Core CPU, a 4.7-inch display, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera.

Interestingly Google is also changing the Nexus program so that any flagship smartphone maker can release smartphones as part of the program as long as they adhere to strict standards. Manufacturers must use stock Android, 64MB of secure memory for media streams and specific specifications so that devices will support Android 5.0, which is said to be arriving by fall of 2013. Any Custom UI skins will only be allowed via a new customisation center. I assume this will give owners the option to use stock Android or add customisations made by manufacturers.

Adding to these rumours, Digitimes reports that Google also plans to launch smartphones with Samsung, LG, Sony, and HTC, calling them "potential partners". This will give users a choice of what Nexus smartphone they want, and will also allow Google to push updates to users rather than allowing those pesky networks and manufacturers getting in the way.

Source: Android and Me, Digitimes

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I think 4.2 will prepare the ground for 5.0 next year for software and manufacturers.
Also will be more polished than 4.1.
I hate to tell that i used all versions of android to 4.0. Im looking forward to try JB...
Next year will really be exciting with WP8, iOS and Android all being streamlined OS. And with all the powerhouses phones are becoming, it will be no issue if Android is still a resource hog. No one will be able to notice anymore.
Now they only have to raise the design bar for the handsets, like sony has been doing for some time now.

Drossel said,
White HTC One X+ with vanilla android, please.

LOL, It won't be amazing. Don't believe me? Root your HTC One X and instal CyanogenMod. Use the camera. Which do you like more?

You see, even though the camera sensor is really nice, it is HTCs software that allows for the really great pictures. Google is not going to invest in these amazing photography patents, the manufacturers will. This is why the Galaxy Nexus phone doesn't take amazing pictures.

Why would Google invest in the patents when in the end, manufacturers use their own frameworks?

This is exactly the news I've been waiting for. Love the GNex, and am eager to see what the future of nexus will bring.

pes2013 said,
Here's hoping to a Nexus with QWERTY keyboard.

Slide out would be nice. Can't see it happening though.

deadonthefloor said,

LG like their sliders... who knows....

True. I do wonder what the other specifications Google will put on them however.

Having not kept up with Android releases for a while, I'm suddenly craving sweets after reading all these OS update names...

:-/ I want key lime pie.

This is AWESOME news! Finally all those OEM's can get forced to start innovating on their hardware and features, and not on new and horrid ways of destroying the OS, which with 4.1, is next to perfect already!

deadonthefloor said,
Nexus vanilla Android from multiple OEMs is a good strategy. I can't believe Google didn't do this from the outset.

This should push the amount of users using the most up to date version, which is nice.

xstex said,

This should push the amount of users using the most up to date version, which is nice.


Except I suspect these multiple new Nexus devices will only be available unsubsidized direct from Google and the U.S. at least has shown very little interest in top tier unsubsidized phones. The subsidized carrier versions will likely have updates delayed, locked boot loaders, etc with very little difference from non-Nexus phones.

Asmodai said,

Except I suspect these multiple new Nexus devices will only be available unsubsidized direct from Google and the U.S. at least has shown very little interest in top tier unsubsidized phones. The subsidized carrier versions will likely have updates delayed, locked boot loaders, etc with very little difference from non-Nexus phones.

Why do you suspect this? It hasn't been the case with any other Nexus devices.

M4x1mus said,

Why do you suspect this? It hasn't been the case with any other Nexus devices.


First let me underscore the "I suspect" however that said there has never been multiple simultaneous Nexus phones before either, this is a change to the Nexus program.
The original Nexus phone was in fact sold unlocked and unsubsidized direct from Google until the online store was closed in July 2010 because (at least in part) Americans weren't willing to pay hundreds dollars more for unsubsidized phones.
The Galaxy Nexus when sold subsidized through carriers is SIM-locked unlike prior Nexus phones and just ask Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners how timely they get OS updates direct from Google.

Asmodai said,

First let me underscore the "I suspect" however that said there has never been multiple simultaneous Nexus phones before either, this is a change to the Nexus program.
The original Nexus phone was in fact sold unlocked and unsubsidized direct from Google until the online store was closed in July 2010 because (at least in part) Americans weren't willing to pay hundreds dollars more for unsubsidized phones.
The Galaxy Nexus when sold subsidized through carriers is SIM-locked unlike prior Nexus phones and just ask Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners how timely they get OS updates direct from Google.

Just because the Nexus program changed, doesn't mean you can just say something about it is going to change without any reason to think its true

Sure, Verizon customers might not have got the OTA updates quickly, but anyone with a Nexus device can just go and download the update immediately from google and install it manually. That's what I did when I was waiting for my update from Orange.

Also, if Google have already tried selling the phones unsubsidised without success then why would they try again? And what hardware manufacturer would want to Nexus brand their phone if they knew that it was only going to be sold unsubsidised, and therefore sell poorly. Think things through man.

the420kid said,
"Manufacturers must use stock Android" YAYYYYY

Nice to see they will allow customisation if people actually want it, put it was to be an option rather than forced on users. Believe it or not I know people who prefer the TouchWiz look.

i love android but there is no reason to release key lime pie already. my gs3 doesn't even have jellybean yet. and PLEASE no more sammy nexus devices. the gnexus was a utter disaster.

smooth3006 said,
i love android but there is no reason to release key lime pie already. my gs3 doesn't even have jellybean yet. and PLEASE no more sammy nexus devices. the gnexus was a utter disaster.

What didn't you like about the Galaxy Nexus? I love it. The only thing I dislike is the camera.

xstex said,

What didn't you like about the Galaxy Nexus? I love it. The only thing I dislike is the camera.

the pure fact i couldn't use it as a phone. the signal was horrid. thankfully the gs3 fixed all of that and then some.

smooth3006 said,

the pure fact i couldn't use it as a phone. the signal was horrid. thankfully the gs3 fixed all of that and then some.

You sure that was a phone issue? Never had a problem with mine.

xstex said,

You sure that was a phone issue? Never had a problem with mine.

yes as if you research it's a known issue with the entire line.

smooth3006 said,

yes as if you research it's a known issue with the entire line.

Thanks for letting me know, I wasn't aware as I only recently got one. I must of been lucky.

smooth3006 said,

the pure fact i couldn't use it as a phone. the signal was horrid. thankfully the gs3 fixed all of that and then some.

No it wasn't, I've been using it since its release and I've never had any signal problems, and why no more Samsung Nexus devices? you're using a Samsung device at the moment =__=...

I see no reason why there shouldn't be a new firmware, Google has been releasing updates within the time frame of 4-9 months.

smooth3006 said,

yes as if you research it's a known issue with the entire line.

Umm, no it's not a known issue. What are you smoking? Maybe the radio you were using was out of date or you messed it up somehow, because clearly there are no common issues with reception on the Galaxy Nexus (that goes for all models).

But, I do agree with no more Samsung Nexus devices. For the love of God Google, give the other phone manufacturers attention and sales. Samsung makes subpar hardware anyways. I'd much rather have an HTC Nexus device.

tsupersonic said,
Umm, no it's not a known issue. What are you smoking? Maybe the radio you were using was out of date or you messed it up somehow, because clearly there are no common issues with reception on the Galaxy Nexus (that goes for all models).

But, I do agree with no more Samsung Nexus devices. For the love of God Google, give the other phone manufacturers attention and sales. Samsung makes subpar hardware anyways. I'd much rather have an HTC Nexus device.

this is why i don't come here much anymore. if you would do some reading on any of the tech sites such as xda the gnexus has been plagued by signal issues since day 1.

smooth3006 said,

this is why i don't come here much anymore. if you would do some reading on any of the tech sites such as xda the gnexus has been plagued by signal issues since day 1.

Yeah, and why do people go to forums? 2 reasons: 1) to see if everyone else is having the problem and find a workaround 2) to help other people. Clearly it is not a widespread problem. Otherwise Samsung/carriers would have acknowledged this and released updates. It's not anything like iPhone's antenna gate which was a design flaw. I have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus and have experienced no problems, and I know tons of people with Maguro/Toro/Toro+ (read: multiple carriers) versions of this device without any problems. You are clearly doing something wrong or have a defective device.

smooth3006 said,

this is why i don't come here much anymore. if you would do some reading on any of the tech sites such as xda the gnexus has been plagued by signal issues since day 1.

Yeah, and why do people go to forums? 2 reasons: 1) to see if everyone else is having the problem and find a workaround 2) to help other people. Clearly it is not a widespread problem. Otherwise Samsung/carriers would have acknowledged this and released updates. It's not anything like iPhone's antenna gate which was a design flaw. I have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus and have experienced no problems, and I know tons of people with Maguro/Toro/Toro+ (read: multiple carriers) versions of this device without any problems. You are clearly doing something wrong or have a defective device.

I dislike the Android OS and the hardware! Touche!

xstex said,

What didn't you like about the Galaxy Nexus? I love it. The only thing I dislike is the camera.

tsupersonic said,
It's not anything like iPhone's antenna gate which was a design flaw

Agree with everything you said apart from this. The thing is I and nobody I know had any problems with the iPhone 4 signal over here in the UK. I didn't seem to find that problem on any iPhone 4 device I tried. Pretty sure it wasn't a widespread problem either even if tech sites did explode with the news

NeoPogo said,
I dislike the Android OS and the hardware! Touche!

That would of sense if I was actually replying to you, but thanks for letting me know.

smooth3006 said,

the pure fact i couldn't use it as a phone. the signal was horrid. thankfully the gs3 fixed all of that and then some.

I fail to see why you dislike Samsung Gnex's... then go on to say your Samsung S3 was better? am I missing something or was the nexus a poor fail rather than the fact it was samsung in your eyes?

Key Lime Pie Already?

Wasn't JB released like 3 months ago?

I fail to see what 4.2 can bring besides an overhal of the UI

Brandon said,
Key Lime Pie Already?
Wasn't JB released like 3 months ago?
I fail to see what 4.2 can bring besides an overhal of the UI

It is supposed to be just a minor update as a point release should be. New Play Store, the new Customization Center that allows you to switch between Stock and custom skins as the article mentions, and other minor tweaks. It's even rumored that 4.2 may still be called Jelly Bean and 5.0 might be Key Lime Pie since the changes are so minor (like how 3.1 and 3.2 are both Honeycomb)

The next big release (5.0) will almost certainly come at next years Google I/O which happens around May/June.

Brandon said,
Key Lime Pie Already?

Wasn't JB released like 3 months ago?

I fail to see what 4.2 can bring besides an overhal of the UI

Yeah we aren't really sure which version it will be. It may be 5.0 that is key lime pie.

Brandon said,
Key Lime Pie Already?

Wasn't JB released like 3 months ago?

I fail to see what 4.2 can bring besides an overhal of the UI

The overhaul of the UI happened in 4.0, it's fast, fluid and looks awesome.

thealexweb said,

The overhaul of the UI happened in 4.0, it's fast, fluid and looks awesome.

Oh, I'm aware. Small things -- the messaging app for instance could use an update

Brandon said,

Oh, I'm aware. Small things -- the messaging app for instance could use an update

they should but the makers of Handcent and fold it into Android