Rumor: LG working with Google for another Nexus phone

A rumor is claiming that LG is working with Google to create another Nexus phone. The Korean manufacturer launched the current Nexus 4 approximately five months ago.

According to The Korea Times Google and LG are teaming up again for the Nexus program. For those of you less familiar with it, Nexus is a program under which different OEMs launch devices under this brand name. These are flagship devices that run stock Android and they represent the way Google wants an Android phone to look and feel. Nexus devices are also kept up to date via OTA updates directly from Google, and as such they are the preferred brand for techies and Android enthusiasts. 

The Nexus 4, previously launched by LG got received responses from reviews and the market. On the one hand it is a high quality device that goes for as low as $350, at least in the US. On the other hand the phone is not equipped with LTE and there have been numerous supply issues from both Google and LG.

The original article doesn't go into any details of what a new Nexus phone might look like, and the earliest official indication we're likely to get will be around Google I/O in a couple of weeks.

Via: Engadget  Source: The Korea Times

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They need to fix the nexus 4 first. Bluetooth is completely nerfed, I can hook it up to my car but it won't transfer contacts and I have to start/stop calls via the handset which renders my car Bluetooth useless. I've never had this issue with ANY phone before. I have a lot of calls for work whilst I drive and I'm really sorry I tried to switch to android as the quality control just isn't there.

I guess this might also have something to do with your bluetooth device.

I can initiate and end calls with mine.

Not saying it's completely your bluetooth device's fault, they definitely need to improve on the bluetooth stack.

I got the Nexus 4 back in February and I've been satisfied with the device so far.

I don't really like the storage capacity which is somewhat limited at 16GB, so I hope they'll make 32GB the minimum on the next device. The glass back is somewhat fragile, but I've put a protector and use the bumper and so far it's still intact.

m-p{3} said,
I got the Nexus 4 back in February and I've been satisfied with the device so far.

I don't really like the storage capacity which is somewhat limited at 16GB, so I hope they'll make 32GB the minimum on the next device. The glass back is somewhat fragile, but I've put a protector and use the bumper and so far it's still intact.


I thought 16GB would have been plenty, but installing many big games eats that up quick.
Graphics and gameplay on those games are absolutely amazing. I don't even play my XBOX now.
As for glass back, I still don't understand what Gorilla Glass is really made of. But I have dropped my Nexus 4 many times, and there's not a mark on it. Very strong phone I find.

Right on. Will definitely be the next phone I get, but may keep my Nexus 4 for quite awhile first.
Nexus 4 is incredible in every aspect. Build quality is excellent. Solid and tough.
But like mentioned, would be nice to have more storage space. Preferably built in though.

Excited to see the new Nexus. I'm waiting for iOS 7 too. If it disappoints me Ill probay end up going to the Nexus 5. I just hope it has a better camera. I'm also interested to see what Nokia offers with the EOS phone.

Only issue I don't like about the N4 was the decision for a glass back, other than that, best mobile I've owned. Interested to see the next Nexus handset though

Great news, i love my Nexus 4 and i think LG did a great job.

I just hope that they will at least do a 32/64GB device if they are not planing to add an SD card option.

This is good news, I like it. BUT....... this phone BETTER come out on Sprint!!
I am eagerly awaiting the announcement (which is hopefully very soon) that the Nexus 4 is going to be released for Sprint........ Please, PLEASE bring this phone to Sprint, I want it to be my next phone

I was kind of hoping HTC or Samsung would have gotten the rights to the next Nexus phone. I like my N4, but there are a couple issues that I have with the hardware, and I don't see LG fixing them any time soon.

Chicane-UK said,
Great. Was pondering buying a Nexus 4 but I think i'll wait if there's a new one in the pipeline.

There's always a new one. Luckily Nexus have a good resell value. I bought my Galaxy Nexus GSM last year. I sold it in January to buy a Nexus 4. I always want a Nexus in my hand.

If they don't put an SD card slot in the next one, or at least increase the onboard storage to more than 16GB then I won't be getting it. I had the Nexus S until yesterday (got the S4) and found the lack of storage extremely limiting.

Other than the this important exclusion though, the Nexus phones have been great.

M4x1mus said,
If they don't put an SD card slot in the next one, or at least increase the onboard storage to more than 16GB then I won't be getting it. I had the Nexus S until yesterday (got the S4) and found the lack of storage extremely limiting.

Other than the this important exclusion though, the Nexus phones have been great.

Google has already said in the past that they're moving away from expandable storage. Remember, the Nexus is targeted more for developers rather than end-user consumers.

Meh, why LG again? I just feel they have subpar build quality to the likes of HTC or Sony.

mr_sock_00 said,
HTC has good build quality? lmao
Absolutely - every HTC Android device I've used has excellent build quality. Look at the HTC One, it's getting praised in practically every review for build quality. I can definitely say I much prefer HTC's build quality to LG or Samsung.

Well I could name several build issues with HTC One. They should be getting repeat customers if that's the case cause their SW is received on par or better than LG/Samsung in most reviews.

Darrian said,
Where are you located? Because most people probably buy it from the Google Play Store.

Taiwan. It's not available in the Google Play Store in Taiwan. And LG decided to not sell it here, as well. So....

Same here, in Italy. Device on Google Play is not "availlable" in our region and LG decided non to sell the phone directly. It's appearing in the stores since 2 days ago but the price is too high (469 euro vs 350).

puma1 said,
Doubt you will see it on Sprint or Verizon.

That would be a poor decision. I could only see it selling very well if they did. People prefer Android phones with crappy skins over a pure Android experience? Granted most people don't know better but I certainly would not want that.