Is LG Making the Next Nexus Phone?


Earlier this year we saw rumors that Huawei might be making the next Nexus phone, presumably scheduled to launch in the fall sometime.  This news was received with a decidedly mixed reaction from most Android fans.  On one hand, Huawei would certainly bring a fresh perspective to the Nexus line, but many of us still think of Huawei as making exclusively mid-range devices.  The good news is that it seems Google will continue the Nexus line, something that was in doubt before Android Silver took an unexpected turn for the worst late last year.  Yesterday a report surfaced that LG, not Huawei, might be the manufacturer Google is working with for the coming Nexus phone.  The article (originally written in Korean) speculates that the new Nexus would be called the “Nexus 7”, a name that would be ridiculously confusing considering we already had a tablet by that name from Google.  Speculation that Google has chosen LG for the next Nexus project stems from the fact that Google engineers are visiting the LG facilities in Korea. The article also mentions LG’s history of past Nexus projects and Google Play devices to strengthen their case.

It would certainly be confusing if Google and LG release a phone called the Nexus 7.  It would even be confusing if LG was working on a new Nexus tablet and named that the Nexus 7 considering we have had two Nexus 7 tablets from Google, neither by LG.  The article mentions the device, which they claim is a phone, carries the codename “N000.”  While I certainly buy that LG could make the next Nexus phone, I am not sure the name or codename seem like more than pure speculation at this point.  We still have 7-8 months before we’re likely to see another Nexus phone, at this point Google could very well be scouting the potential manufacturers and not yet have a final decision.  I certainly hope that if we follow the past naming convention that Google and LG are not planning to release a 7 inch phone, the Nexus 6 is already pushing the boundaries of size for a smartphone, and I personally love big phones.

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"