LG "heavily in discussions" with Google over next Nexus flagship

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Google’s Nexus lineup stands out in the Android world - it’s the first to get Google’s new versions of Android, the first to get updated and often the last to go out of support. So far, Google has picked HTC for its first Nexus One, and later it worked with Samsung on the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus. Now, LG wants to have the privilege to make Google’s 2012 Nexus.

Ramchan Woo, head of LG’s smartphone division told CNET: "We're heavily in discussions." Now, Woo does clarify that there are no firm commitments just yet.

The actual process of making a Nexus device is a long one, and that’s why we’re hearing about this now, despite expectations for the next Nexus to get released in late 2012. The company Google picks is said to work jointly with the search giant. Engineers travel to be in the same place physically and then work for up to a year on the new device.

Now, this would be a clear statement by Google that it doesn’t favor Motorola, which it’s about to acquire. But how would you like the thought of the next Nexus being made by LG?

source: CNET via TheVerge

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34 Comments

1. Stuticus

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

PR Move. Give all the Major US manufacturers a go at it before they go Motosclusive with their purchase.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

LG is Korean. In fact, Motorola is the only major US manufacturer of Android phones that I can think of.

21. Stuticus

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

Meaning companies that release phones in the US. There are only a few major manufacturers

3. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Google should just have Motorola develop the next installment in the Google Nexus series instead of LG.

4. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

After owning a G2x, I'm not sure LG is up to the task of making a truly reliable device. I wanna see how the 4x HD pans out...

5. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Never equated LG with quality or durability. The Korean company may simply really want it more than any other producer. HTC was a favorite of many fans. I'd personally like to see Sony or Asus work on it. Fujitsu or Panasonic have limited presence otherwise they'd be a good choice. Once most of the major players have taken a round, Motorola will finally get a turn. If they were in better shape and had completed a Nexus phone before they got into a situation for Google to acquire them, we'd have a better story.

16. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

No HTC please...you saw how HTC crapped on brilliant specs of OneX with non-removable 1800mAh battery...WTF is wrong with them

26. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

How is that crapping out? Motorola's Razr also had a not removable battery....that was even smaller, 1760MAh. What is the big deal anyways with having removable batteries?

28. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

when i had phones with removable batteries i could always carry a spare in my back pocket when i go out. my phone dies, no problem, takes under five minutes to swap a battery and keep going. it's literally like having double the battery life.

30. nickjjay

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

@KingKurogii i do the same thing with my phones. i have 3 extra batteries for my Droid2 just because it has such a small battery (1390mAh)

29. nickjjay

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

@jove39 i agree with you 100%. I was thinking the same thing. HTC has always struggled with battery life and this would have been a good opportunity to change that image. This phone will stuggle in the battery department just like their others.

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i think a lot of us have been craving a Motorola Nexus for too long now. forget LG.

8. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I can see a moto nexus with the maxx batery inside. But what would be amazing would be too see all android manufactures work together to make one phone. Sammy supply the screen and proccesor moto the battery and calling quality and htc to build a unibody with a great camera. It would be a super phone.

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

If Motorola could release ROM updates in under 12 months, and without stuffing around blaming others and giving every excuse under the sun to their delays, I'd say go Moto.. We all know this isn't going to happen, so keep the Nexus line with Samsung please.

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Moto is not that bad and besides that's why we want a Moto Nexus, so Google will be in control of the updates. :P

13. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

That could easily be changed with Google's involvement.

9. mrGeeZedd

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

LG is great about the hardware but a bit clumsy and lame about the software... But being a Nexus device means no LG-powered software ...just pure Google... Go for it LG !

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What happened to the prediction that all future Android handsets would have onscreen buttons in lieu of physical ones? Was that a Galaxy Nexus only thing?

14. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Give it a bit more time.

17. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Seems like

27. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

I dont think that will be happening. some companies might adopt but they might also be influenced by HTC, Huawei and LG with their phones still keeping the off-screen buttons

33. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

i hope you're right.

12. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

For now...its better to stick with Samsung...or go with Motorola...Nexus Razr...with big battery and s4 cpu :)

15. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I wont mind seeing intel atom in next nexus device either (heard rumors of moto working on x86 based android phone)

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

um..no. it better have an OMAP5 or in the best case scenario an Exynos5xxx.

18. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and I want Motorola to make the next one and make it LTE.

19. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

My favorite is samsung over lg well the 4 nexus s is tick with samsung

20. capurso34

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

lg's os sucks!!!!!

31. nickjjay

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

its a nexus so lg wouldnt make the OS. Thats the point of the nexus.

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

ewww LG hell no what are their merits? Better Samsung HTC Moto or Sony Before LG.....

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