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Google Nexus 6 rumored to be a "lightweight" version of LG G3

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Google’s Sundar Pichai talked about the next-generation Nexus smartphone last week at MWC 2014, telling us that the handset should be released in the second half of the year. That makes perfect sense, since the Nexus 5 (seen on the left) is still a relatively new device. While Pichai didn’t mention the name of the upcoming Google smartphone, it’s probably safe to assume that this will be called Nexus 6. But now the question is: who will manufacture the next Nexus? Will it be Lenovo, as rumored last month? According to Gizmodo Germany, the answer is no.

Reportedly, Gizmodo received some details from a person in the know, who said that the Nexus 6 would be made by LG. According to this mysterious source, the new Nexus will be a "lightweight" version of the unannounced LG G3 - which should be introduced sometime in June (we heard about this before). Previous rumors suggested that the LG G3 would feature a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, a 64-bit processor, and a 16MP rear camera. We’re not exactly sure what lightweight means for the Nexus 6, but we assume the differences between the two upcoming handsets will be mostly about design, not about specs.

As you should already know, LG is the maker of Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 (the former is based on the LG Optimus G, while the latter is based on the LG G2), so the South Korean company is a proven partner to Google.

Gizmodo Germany notes that LG will probably also manufacture Google’s first smartwatch (as we reported not long ago). This could be announced at Google's I/O event this June.

Of course, we should not forget that these are still rumors for now. You know how it goes: nothing is official until it’s official.

source: Gizmodo.de (translated)

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posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:32 1

1. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Down on fancy, even on grit.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:27 25

22. akki20892 (Posts: 3430; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Lg is getting hotter n hotter every year.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:40 14

26. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


I'm sure glad I switched from Samsung to G2.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 00:33 6

41. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Me too. Switching from S3 to G2 is the best choice in my life. No more lags, no more useless huge bezel, no more battery drain as found on S3.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 09:44 1

53. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3989; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes I can't WAIT to see what the Google Nexus 6 looks like... Man I have a feeling that phone will be SUPER INSANE!!!

Can't WAIT!!!

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:32 16

2. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Really excited! The nexus 5 is a fantastic phone! In fact it maybe the best phone available right now after the Xperia Z2! Nexus 6 will be even better. Long live the nexus line!

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:38 4

4. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


What is your definition of "best"? (just curious)

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:42 19

9. vincelongman (Posts: 1139; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I think we can all agree that it has the Best value out of all the flagships

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:44 1

12. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Not arguing about the Nexus 5. I know its one of the best smartphone deals you can get on earth.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:49

15. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Its a wonderful phone and LG does a very good job on their devices. LG proves that you don't need a premium material for premium devices

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 23:47

37. ihavenoname (Posts: 1376; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I think that overall, the best device on market. I wouldn't mind changing my Note 3 to one.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 01:52 3

46. shahrooz (Posts: 137; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


If I had 10000$ to buy a smartphone right now, I would buy a Nexus 5 again.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:40 3

7. iliketech (Posts: 54; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


does the Nexus 5 take good pictures? with the flash?

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:45 12

13. vincelongman (Posts: 1139; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Yep, its has a very very capable camera.
Check out the Nexus 5 subreddit or XDA forums for examples.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 23:45 4

35. ihavenoname (Posts: 1376; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


It's not the best, but it's very, very good, considering price, especially.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:43 1

10. Scott93274 (Posts: 863; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I've been told that the battery life is very disappointing for the Nexus 5 which knocks it out of the top phone spot for me, not to state that everything else about the phone isn't impressive. We just all have our own priorities. I will keep a close eye on Nexus 6 and see if it's worth the purchase.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:19

19. Professor (Posts: 135; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I have the Nexus 4 with Kit Kat 4.4.2. Before Kit Kat (ver 4.2) my phone used to last almost 6 hours with blue tooth and WiFi on. Now with Kit Kat it barely last 1 hour the most 2 hours on stand by (not even using the phone) and that's by turning blue tooth and WiFi off AND by setting the phone to ONLY do background downloads when connected to WiFi... So the people that claim that they have problems with poor battery life with the Nexus 5 maybe due to the vampire appetite of Kit Kat 4.4.2 for battery usage.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 22:18 1

30. Scott93274 (Posts: 863; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Hmm... Well I have 4.4.2 on my Moto X. And it has an all day (And then some) battery life. Though I am a moderate user so I can't say other should expect the same from their Moto Xs. I don't think it's the OS version you have but possibly the battery just starting to go bad. Just a thought.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 06:44

50. Professor (Posts: 135; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Another thing that I noticed with the phone is that now runs super hot in the upper part (in top of the Nexus logo and to the side of camera lens). To the point that sometimes I have to turn it off to let him cool down. Due to that I also was thinking that maybe was the battery (although the battery is located in the lower part of the phone). So I bought a new battery. But still no improvement. Seems somehow "Android System" is always doing something in the background and using more data than any other application. I just wish the new Nexus has either a bigger battery or at least a user removable one... (Currently the battery is way too difficult to replace).

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:36 12

3. fzacek (Posts: 1617; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I think that both the LG G3 and the Nexus 6 will be amazing phones.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:39

5. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


If its manufactured by LG; undoubtedly ;)

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:39 1

6. HASHTAG (Posts: 151; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)


Since the past two Nexus phones have been manufactured by LG, I think LG should be the maker for the next version.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:42 8

8. shead202 (Posts: 43; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Just had a boner reading this.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:43 1

11. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Things they need to improve over Nexus 5

Battery - the one in the Nexus 5 did OK but only just.
Camera - again same as the battery.
Quality Control - This one is big, lots of Nexus 5 I saw had a problem with the LCD either bleeding or stuck pixels and even dust.

Other than that the phone was excellent, super smooth and fast. Also I think they should go with a more solid build, something like ceramic and fiber...

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:46

14. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


the things you pointed out make the phone cheap, and at the same time its still excellent.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:05

17. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


I understand those things lower the overall cost of the device but this is 2014 :P

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:25

21. Professor (Posts: 135; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I am happy if just Google make sure it has a 3,000+ battery... Even if the camera, the processor, the amount of RAM and even the display still the same as on the Nexus 5.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:59

28. Taters (Posts: 2889; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Are you sure you aren't talking about HTC? I did have to RMA my first Nexus 5 because of a rattling power button. But at least I got a perfect one on my second shot.

Never EVER happened to me when I bought an HTC phone. Usually my third HTC handset still has a deal breaking issue.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 20:50

16. loccoc402 (Posts: 21; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


May lg nexus 6 has 3k battery, 13mpx cam and all other features of g3

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:19

18. scsa852k (Posts: 288; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


If Nexus 6 can improve battery life which is the only downside IMO about Nexus 5,
I'll be sold again for 3 straight Nexus phones.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 06:50

51. Professor (Posts: 135; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I agree with the need for a bigger battery or at least a user removable one so we can carry and install a new battery when the battery phone die.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:21

20. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1000; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Wow a $460.00 flagship!!.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:30 3

23. shamatuu (Posts: 130; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


please have the 805 snapdragon, 1080p screen at least bigger battery meaning 2800 or 3000. camera doesn't have to the the best. new solid build equality 4.8 inches at least.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:34

24. antonioli (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


LG has been very competent doing the Nexus line. I expect that this time they tip a +3000mAh battery in the beast.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:40

25. NoFanboy (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


Same thing was said about the Nexus 5.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 21:46 2

27. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 748; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


I was really enamored by the Nexus line... But after buying the Nexus 5, I have to say I am not too impressed. The build quality of the LG made Nexus 5 is better than Samsung - but not better than Nokia! Most of my issues are with the OS (seem's like pure Android in 2009 was a good idea, but now in 2014 it is a hindrance.) Nexus is losing out on OEM made special features and software suites! I like the ability to uninstall everything and no bloatware, but there are drawbacks as well (double tap to wake, included in OS flashlight, step counter, some widgets, etc.)

Also my Lumia 925 had a better screen, better battery life, louder speaker phone, better camera, better microphone, and was more stable.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 22:02 8

29. Taters (Posts: 2889; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Lol no chance in hell does the 925 have a better screen than the Nexus 5. Are you on crack? Lol

And Samsung build quality is spot on. Yes its plastic but its perfectly cut and seamless.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 15:42

59. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 748; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


I am sorry you think I am on crack. To answer your question: No, I am not. Drug free is the way to be.

I have also used both for an extensive period (hell I even use both simultaneously most times!)

So unless you have had both, you have no valid position. I know PA has rated the PPI to be higher (really stupid rating for anyone that has a clue on what it means, at least to base screen quality off of.)

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 22:39

31. kanagadeepan (Posts: 667; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Let us hope lighter version doesn't means giving half the size of G3's battery. Nexus5 is excellent phone except battery life, imho...

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 23:14

32. splus (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


So basically, Nexus 6 will be LG G2 with the same processor as G3...
Happy I got G2 instead of Nexus 5 after having a Nexus for 2 years before this. Larger display in just slightly larger body, crazy good battery life, better camera and useful OS addons make it a great phone. The only thing I miss is the multitasking button in navbar.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 23:31 1

33. eman99 (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


Please let HTC make the next one please

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 23:35 3

34. Taters (Posts: 2889; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Please no. Nexus devices already cut enough corners. No need to bring the legendary crap quality control of HTC to the already bad qc of the Nexus line. I don't want to RMA a 100 times. They are worse than Asus and the first Nexus 7 (2012) was garbage.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 14:48

54. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I actually bought the first nexus 7 in 2012 ...September... I run 3 profiles on it and it is still going strong..it is def not garbage... Lol

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 23:45

36. eman99 (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


The company which started this should revive itself to something unique

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 23:51

38. roscuthiii (Posts: 1789; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Has anyone cleared it with whomever owns the copyrights to the works of Philip K. D_i_c_k to have an "Android" called a "Nexus 6" yet???

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 23:52

39. roscuthiii (Posts: 1789; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


C'mon PA, get a better word filter.

It's also a friggin' name.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 23:54

40. av911 (Posts: 134; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


So, what's it gonna be called after Nexus 6? Will they cutoff the Nexus line after?

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 00:56

44. Taters (Posts: 2889; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Nexus whatever the screen size is. Probably Nexus 5 2014 or Nexus 5 QHD.

Ever since the Nexus 7, they have been going by screen sizes. Sure the Nexus 4 screen size was closer to 5 but it is still 4. 4.7 but still 4.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 00:37

42. mdroid (Posts: 27; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


wow, nexus rumor has started making waves.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 00:58

45. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I could have got the nexus 5. I dont care about smartphone cameras. Its that horrible battery life and less than stellar contrast(amoled fan here) that turned me off. I spend 10 hours browsing (non uniform) a day so nexus 5's 5 hour mark wasn't particularly exciting.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 02:11 1

47. Einstein333 (Posts: 29; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Lightweight most probably means that it will have the same terrible battery life as all the Nexus phones before! And that's why I never even considered a Nexus to become my next smartphone. I really don't understand the hype about these phones. To me they are completely useless...

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 03:22

48. superduper (Posts: 149; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


But nobody wants lighter or thinner phones. Everyone wants more battery!!

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 06:33 2

49. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


We still want a Sony Nexus

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 14:49

55. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Yessiree...bob

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 09:15

52. helalovic (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


LG has become Google's favorite.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 06:16

58. robocopvn (Posts: 179; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


lightweight means lightweight, in this case Nexus 6 will be lighter, due to the smaller battery capacity

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 09:29

60. jckc92 (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


Was disappointed in the N5 so hoping Nexus brings something amazing to the next platform. Stay under 5" with the screen, Something newer with the camera ( zenon flash, OIS,etc), call quality on par with the 5s, wireless charging, Hate when they hype something up for months and it is just OK....I know it is cheap and affordable but raise the cost a little and give us a little more. When the N5 came out it was cool but still below Iphone 5s, LGG2, and S4...Also, make it on all carriers!!!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 04:08

61. hiteshjaina (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


It is rumor that Nexus 6 is going to have same hardware as LG G3 as discussed on newnexus6.com

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