For the past couple years, LG has been the creator of Googles acclaimed Nexus series of devices. The Nexus 4 and 5 were solid entries that offered great cutting edge technology at an affordable price. But, this year things might be different with LG stating that they dont have a Nexus device planned for an upcoming release.
According to Android Police, which asked LG’s Global Communications Director, Ken Hong about the future of upcoming LG Nexus devices, he responded:
We’re not really sure what the status of the Nexus program is. We’ve been hearing a lot of speculation about its future but that’s a Google decision, not LG’s. As of today, there are no Nexus devices in our immediate pipeline.
This statement could possibly hint at two different things that might be occurring at Google. First, is that Google might be dissolving the Nexus program. This is a rumor that we have been following for quite some time and the information from LG could signify that Google is indeed abandoning the Nexus program, effectively killing the Nexus 6.
Second, is the possibility that LG is no longer creating the Nexus device. This would indicate that Google has approached another company to produce its developer-focused handset. This isnt uncommon, as HTC and Samsung have both had the opportunity to create Nexus devices in the past. Since this is a possibility, it could mean that Google is handing the reins over to Motorola, Sony, or another company.
Lastly, this could all just be a front, it was almost a year ago when we heard a similar response from LG Mobile’s European VP stating, hat they would not be making the next Nexus. Later, LG would release the Nexus 5, becoming the latest entry in the Nexus series.
With only a week left until Google I/O 2014, we will have to wait and see whether LG will indeed be producing the Nexus 6, or if what Hong said is actually the truth. Google I/O takes place over two days starting June 25th, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
Source: Android Police