LG won't be making a Nexus smartphone this year

LG won't be making a Nexus smartphone this year
After launching three Nexus smartphones in collaboration with Google over the past four years, it looks like LG is going to pass on developing a new Nexus smartphone this year.

According to an LG executive recently quoted by CNET, the company maintains a "totally happy" relationship with Google. However, developing a Nexus smartphone takes a lot of work, and LG's resources will be better spent on making smartphones that build the LG brand, not the Nexus one. 

Although LG has just launched the modular and metal-built LG G5, the company has previously announced that it will launch two flagship devices in 2016, meaning that the focus is likely to fall on a second-generation LG V10.

The original LG-made Nexus smartphone was the 2012 Google Nexus 4, the handset that brought the Nexus line-up to the mainstream market through a combination of high-end specs and affordable price tag.

The Nexus 5 followed in 2013, bringing a much better camera and a fullHD display. When it launched, the Google Nexus 5 was priced only slightly higher than its predecessor, and is largely considered one of the classic Android smartphones of the modern era.

After taking a break from the Nexus program in 2014, the company came back last year with the Google Nexus 5X, an upper mid-range phone. When it initially came out, the Nexus 5X was a bit overpriced compared to its direct competition, and although Google slashed the price of the phone on a couple of occasions, all signs point that the Nexus 5X has failed to strike a cord with Nexus fans.

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What do you guys think? Are you sad to hear that LG will probably skip on making a Nexus smartphone this year?

source: CNET

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Nexus 5X
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  • Camera 12.3 MP (Single camera)
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  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo



28. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Sony Nexus this time.

24. 2faraway

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Another bad step! so I guess Huawei could take advantage of this! right after the freaking successful 6p.

21. JMartin22

Posts: 2426; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I never liked Nexus devices, the hardware components are never sourced from top shelf, stock Android looks boring and lacks the functionality of some of the custom proprietary software and the speedy updates always feel like betas being pushed to Guinea pigs. But I digress, it mainly is a reference tool for developers to code their applications on anyway.

22. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

The 6p is top shelf....

23. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

name one android phone that runs on both CDMA and GSM that is not a nexus or moto x.

18. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

I think HTC will be making it this year. I wish Samsung would make a Galaxy Nexus 2 with S7 internals. That would be the perfect phone IMO.

17. .KRATOS.

Posts: 444; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Hope Samsung would lunch a nexus phone anytime sooner

15. det_bradlee

Posts: 164; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

Lack of Qi lost my purchase(s).

10. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

HTC will be the next nexus maker :)

9. newbey123

Posts: 707; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Pretty sure that HTC has been given the go ahead to make the Nexus devices as they have done the most in the past, and it would be a good partnership for both.

8. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Huawei and other Chinese manufacturer make better and affordable nexus than other. The rest of OEMs just too overpriced to make one. Nexus is meant for cheap, online Chinese can achieve it no other

19. Teeeyoo

Posts: 99; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

Wut? Nexus 6p arent cheap in my country the price is equivalent to flagship devices..

26. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

In the UK the 6P is by no means cheap, but still a bit cheaper than other flagship phones.

31. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

It's cheaper than its competition.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Then who will? SAMSUNG??? Unlikely... HUAWEI??? Maybe... FOXCONN??? What? How about... GOOGLE itself??? Remember the rumors that were circulating the web a while back about Google interested in manufacturing the Nexus line by itself? Whatever happens, just don't over-price it!

7. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

did you break your Caps?

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Nope, not for the moment... But if I keep using them "LIKE THIS" then they might soon...! G'Day!

16. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

lol have a G'day!

3. AshishN.

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

I hope Sony develops the next nexus, this may give Sony a little bump in its sales...

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Sony should develop the next 5" Nexus. Something like A Nexus 6c.

25. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

If you pay 750+ for a phone she might, you asking japanese doing thing for less money, labor in Japan is more expensive than America just that in mind.

2. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2126; Member since: May 29, 2014

I expected as much. While the 5X is a beautiful device, the 6P absolutely stole the show. LG is better served putting all of its attention on its own product like the G5 and still amazing V10, as well as it's X series and K series line up. Put some serious marketing muscle behind them.

4. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Their Midrange devices need to be designed well unlike X series. V10 is absolutely awesome albeit its crappy battery life. Their skin needs to be smoother and they have to open up a theme store like Samsung has done for the customization to reach the system apps. When the Nexus 5 came out it was one of the best bang for the buck device but now there are many awesome budget options and Nexus 5x isn't grabbing all that attention because of the 6P

14. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

but none allows you run both CDMA and GSM network. nexus is still the best bang for your buck

29. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I don't like none of them. I loved the Nexus4. Perfect 5inch.

1. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

It's alright. There are others eager to develop quality Nexus phones.

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I really hope Apple will make the upcoming Nexus this time.

12. WPX00

Posts: 513; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Apple Nexus 6s. Now with ugly antenna lines.

30. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Ugly? Or are you just a fanboy? Seriously, they're not 'ugly'... unless you think the HTC One is ugly.

20. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Nexus phones SUCK because of no removable memory or battery. Vanilla android is AWESOME, but not on a crippled phone.

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