There won't be a Nexus 6 from LG, says a company exec
According to LG's Communications Director Ken Hong, Google should have approached LG by now, if it wanted this year's Nexus phone to be made by the company, just like was the case with the Nexus 5. "I know at least not yet. Normally, we were informed," said Ken Hong in an interview. "That can mean two things. Either I got ignored, or we simply won't be making [the Nexus 6]," he joked.
LG's Communications Director isn't saying, however, that there won't be a Nexus 6 or Project Silver handset from Google this year, just that all indications show it might not be LG making it. He is actually fine with another manufacturer picking up the slack of manufacturing Google's subsidized Nexus line: "If you can develop a Google phone that gives credibility. But money you earn is not easy, and you become too dependent on Google." He also chimed in on the Nexus 5 initial supply issues, stemming from the unexpectedly high interest in the handset: "Google determines how many phones are to be made, and we do that. If it is stated that LG produces too few Nexus phones, the media then is simply incorrect. We get asked, we deliver."
If LG isn't the one making the new Nexus phone, or whatever Google chooses for the naming this time, we are wondering who might be crafting it this time around. HTC is rumored to produce a high-end Nexus 8 tablet for Google this year, which might be unveiled as soon as Google's I/O conference next week, so HTC might also be the one tasked with the Nexus 6. Google, however, has kept tablet and phone suppliers separate for the Nexus line so far, so anything is possible, we'll just have to wait for more info to trickle down the rumor mill.