Rumour : LG And Google To Work Together Again For Next Nexus Phone
It looks like LG could be the latest device maker Google is contracting for the next flagship Nexus smartphone.
In an interview with the Korea Times, LG CEO Koo Bon-joon said he met up with Google boss Larry Page, where the two “discussed ways to improve their business partnership”.
Although the Korea Times concedes that native LG is lagging behind Samsung in the smartphone stakes, it later mentions that it is currently working with Google to make the next stock Android smartphone.
The Korean newspaper reported that LG has agreed to work on Google’s next Nexus device, relying on Google to boost its smartphone business. It said the smartphone is likely to launch as the Google Nexus 5, suggesting that it will have a 5in screen. It’s also likely to run Google’s upcoming Android 4.3 mobile operating system and feature a dirt cheap price tag.
About once per year, Google debuts a new smartphone that is meant to be a test bed for its Android operating system. The Nexus line of smartphones run a clean version of Android, meaning there are no manufacturer or carrier applications on board. The stock version of Android appears as Google wants it to on Nexus phones.
HTC made the first Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 1, and Samsung made the following two, the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus. The Nexus 4 is the first such device made by LG.
The original article doesn’t go into any details of what the new device phone might look like, and the earliest official indication we’re likely to get will be around Google I/O in a couple of weeks.
[Engadget, Korea Times, TechEye]