This just in: “no plans” for Google Play edition LG G2
As is the case with most new things, it is only once the dust settles down that we get to see the full picture. In the case of LG's newest flagship, the G2, this means that we already have the first thing that isn't going to be so great about it: no Google Play edition:
”As of right now, LG doesn’t have any plans for a Google Play Edition. The focus for the G2 is penetration through carriers. That however could change down the road.” said Ken Hong with LG PR.
Google Play edition smartphones, along with Google's Nexus line of smartphones and tablets are a special class of Android devices that run a wholly stock experience. You probably guessed that this, apart from the inherent smooth, as-intended experience, also spells out faster updates for such devices, making them a more and more popular choice. Samsung and HTC have already followed suit with Google Play editions of the Galaxy S4 and One, respectively, with Sony rumored to become the third manufacturer to offer one. In fact, the latest Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 4, was assembled under LG's very roof.
So why is the South Korean manufacturer denying a similar treatment for its new bad boy? While this classifies as pure speculation, we see several possible reasons. If the rumor mill has the truth of it, LG may be on track to manufacture the Nexus 5, said to be based on the G2. A Google Play edition G2, then, wouldn't make too much sense as it would simply eat into and cannibalize a portion of the Nexus 5's sales.
On a different note, while this is official, we are rather reluctant to go ahead and despair – the more attentive of you may remember that HTC also denied that a Google Play-flavored edition of the all-aluminum flagship is coming. And see how that turned out!
via: Android Community
1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1616; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Nooooooo...the only thing i really disliked about this beast is the UI :( however there is nova launcher still or even cyanogenmod....
11. Mittal (Posts: 425; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Companies need to pay more attention to the default wallpaper they market the devices with. The one we are seeing above is PATHETIC!! doesnt give a good impression..
and they need to change the icons and fonts BIG TIME!!
Im sure they realize that.. how much does it cost to hire a relevant person for that ... The clock widget we see above is very sad!
HTC is excellent in that respect
20. whysoserious (Posts: 311; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
So much for Samsung's "cartoonish" TouchWiz.
26. promise7 (Posts: 204; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
all of those can be changed. the g2 has other "themes" and icons preset into the phone u can individually change.
wallpaper and clock widgets anyone with minimal experience can change. u can also easily change the ui w/ a launcher (nova, apex, holo, go, etc). that is a little more work, but can still easily be done.
a lot of the ui is customizable and that's what i think sets the g/pro/g2 out from the rest. i think they're going in the right direction.
27. Mittal (Posts: 425; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
yess ppl know all that
but why not give something better by default is my question!
Many un-geeky users do a hands on in the stores to see how a device looks and feels
The default wallpaper, icons, transition effects, fluidity of the interface would make an impact on the buyer
The other day i was checking out the Xperia Z and found the home navigation transitions stuttering and i was like duhhh... i knew this is just an optimisation issue, but something leaving a bad taste in the mouth
12. TheLolGuy (Posts: 463; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Bam! What did I say?
If rumors are true, (which, thanks to the internet, seem to be more accurate than not these days...) then its because a Nexus 4/5 will be based on the design principles of the G2.
That is practically a Google Play edition in itself, except with a Nexus branding will come with a semi-subsidized price. Although if it has matching or similar specs I'm thinking it will probably have a bump up in price to ~400 this time.
21. Shatter (Posts: 1747; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Why would it be $400 the nexus 4 was almost a direct copy of the Optimus G specs wise.
2. GrmanR (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)
This is pretty much the only phone GP edition makes sense on...
4. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Unless, as the article suggests, the Nexus 5 is coming this fall with G2 hardware at a subsidized price.
3. tedkord (Posts: 3779; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
That's what HTC dais about the One a month before the One GP was announced.
5. boosook (Posts: 728; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
This could also mean that the Nexus 5 will be based on the G2... ;-)
16. alila2 (Posts: 116; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
5 inch screen or under, same bezel and at least 32 GB, then yes hopefully.
22. Shatter (Posts: 1747; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Meh, the G2 is barley bigger than the s4 and its 5.2"
138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
Reducing bezel does a lot.
7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5472; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Com LG please your PHONE will be a killer seller if u make a GOOGLE EDITION. no one likes custom manufactures UI.
8. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
No one likes unsubsidized pricing either. A $600 LG Google Edition will in no way be a killer seller. It would likely lag behind the piddly sales of the One and S4 GEs.
9. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
lol :P obviously cause chances are the next nexus phone would be based on the G2!
14. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
At least LG's UI shouldn't have a chance to lag with that S800. Still, only thing LG has done wrong so far IMO.
23. Shatter (Posts: 1747; Member since: 29 May 2013)
If a manufacturer manages to make a laggy phone with a snapdragon 800 they deserve the failure of the year award.
25. jan25 (Posts: 351; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
Actually a laggy OS will mostly need a software treatment. OEMs bloat their skins to the extent the hardware can't keep up with the amount of half baked features. Manufactures need to focus more on building a stable and coherent ui instead of the gimmicks they market.
15. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 415; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Lg has no future in smart phones or tablets....stick to TV only
18. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Yeah! And Apple should stick to laptops. And Motorola should stick to cable boxes and walkie-talkies. And Sony should stick to Playstations.
24. Shatter (Posts: 1747; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Thats usually how it goes, 1 company does a certain product very well and the rest suck.
19. scsa852k (Posts: 251; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
LG will be making Nexus 5.
There's no point for them to release G2 with stock android.