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Next Nexus Dubbed LG Optimus G Nexus, Program Changing to Allow for Any Manufacturer to Participate?

Ready to learn all about the next Nexus? According to our pal Taylor from Android and Me, the next in the program will indeed be made by LG and will be dubbed the Optimus G Nexus. For a couple of weeks now, rumors surrounding the next Nexus included LG, but Taylor claims to have essentially confirmed it with a handful of sources. We know him personally and tend to take him for his word, especially in Nexus talks.

As you all know, the Optimus G is already a favorite of ours because of its more-than-impressive set of specs which include a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP (8MP in some cases) camera, a brilliant 4.7″ IPS+ HD display, and a slim body. The skinned version will arrive on AT&T and Sprint at some point in the near future, but according to today’s rumors, the Nexus version could arrive in November.  

We would assume that the phone will be an unlocked GSM phone, sold directly through the Play store, and not tied to a carrier.

Along with the arrival of this phone, we should see Android 4.2. While the numbers may seem like it will be a small upgrade, it could bring with it better power management, a new version of the Google Play store, new features geared towards a new Nexus program (which we’ll talk about in a minute), and lay the groundwork for Android 5.0. There could be one major UI tweak though – a change from multi-page home screens to a more tabbed approach. Lastly, there is a chance that we see some sort of a “customization center” that allows you to choose from a stock Android experience or a custom skin from the manufacturer of the phone (Sense from HTC, Blur from Motorola, TouchWiz from Samsung, etc.).

And finally, Andy Rubin may take the stage at the end of this month at AllThingsD’s Dive conference to talk about everything a new Nexus program that would include the device from LG. This new Nexus program will employ a more open approach that allows almost any manufacturer to join in on the fun, as long as they adhere to some strict guidelines. They must include a stock Android experience and 64MB of secure memory for media streaming. They can toss in their custom skin as part of the previously mentioned “customization center” to give consumers choice, but the base must be able to easily support Android 5.0, the next big release following 4.2.

Let all of that soak in for a second.

Excited? You should be. If true, this would give you choices in a Nexus device and would make it less of a competition for OEMs. Rather than being disappointed each year with the winner of the Nexus battle, you may have a device from a variety of manufacturers to choose from – maybe even one from Motorola.

Via:  Android and Me

  • Trueblue711

    The physical build quality on their phones are outstanding. The hardware is very high quality. Also, their radios are known to be among the best with receiving a signal.

  • zUFC

    A little late but i just remembered. I had a blue Samsung phone that was blackberry style(I-770 i think). Back then i didn’t really undertand “skins” but i remember you could turn it on or turn it off. I found this by mistake. One day i was palying with the settings and clicked a button and all of a sudden I had the cartoonish theme all over my phone (touchwiz or whatever it was called years ago). so the skin on/off thing is do-able. I wish they all did that. Like HTC has the best widgets but the rest sucks. How nice would it be to turn it on or off?

  • BradKnepper

    Gee I hope they make it thinner than the razor so we can get like 30min use out of it. I just think it can be a bit thicker. I love my GNEX but wish for better battery life I’m not strapping the Seidio monster on the back when they just need to stop this whole thin war. Sorry for the rant Whew I feel better !!

  • Robbie Gerling

    Does anyone else see the light at the end of the tunnel with what Google is rumored to be doing here? Creating a Nexus device or Nexus template that fully diminishes sole reliance on Manufacturer and/or Carrier for Android software updates by moving the skins and software to an optional selection. I have a hard time not believing that this will allow Google to push updates to Android over the air without compromising these skins in a debilitating way.

  • Nathan Thomas

    I truly believe that Google should stick with Samsung. The best partnership in the mobile market in a long time. HTC did a good job with the Nexus one. If the next Nexus comes from LG or Moto it would be a complete an utter disappointment. Samsung has a better understanding of what the consumer needs and want in a top tier device, where others seem to fall short. Seems they are trying are trying harder and harder to copy the iPhone’s look or they are just giving up, Im not sure. Either way the need to step up their game. Samsung is clearly the device manufacturer of the year. I the others don’t step up their game they will get lost in the dark.

  • Adam Pereyra

    No sir, I don’t like it! Nexus program was all about being open for developers to hack and do what ever they wanted to do to their phones. If OEMs do this “dual boot”, then it won’t be a real Nexus phone. Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll take a straight up Nexus phone by Google, thank you.

  • Analex

    The Optimus G got perfect specs, however for me it looks like a 5$ toy, very cheap and not like a high-quality phone…

    • Bob G

      and your thoughts on the GS3?

  • FrankBoston

    Another gigantic phone…wtf.

  • It all sounds kind of too fantastic to be true! If that’s what the next step in the Nexus program is, bring it on!
    Btw, I must admit, that LG up there, doesn’t look half bad (the specs are more than top-flight already) and if it turns up being a Nexus, I’d definitely take a long look at it.

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  • jonathan

    Too bad there will not be a cmda LTE verison of any of them. I have been off contract for a while now and managed to get a galaxy s3 (which i cannot stand due to being unusable in or around my house because of service and everywhere else i just get constant data drops)..but if this really happens with the nexus phones i will probably go to att or something..maybe even with the lg nexus once i get to mess with it in person

  • br_hermon

    OK so I want to be excited about this, I really do. But unfortunately, I do have some concerns.

    Google is going to create a stock experience with a “customizations center.” This could be cool but more-so a bad thing. Currently we can enjoy pure, vanilla, stock android 4.1.1. There’s absolutely zero traces of manufacturer’s bloat. For vanilla ppl like me, we can take what Google gives us and be happy. Alternatively, OEM’s can take it for what it is, slap their extras on top then users can wait for the OTA. The problem with the new nexus program is that they are totally ridding themselves of the vanilla experience. Sure there’s going to be stock BUT it’ll also be combined with customizations. Sure I can have the vanilla ice cream with toppings (customizations) on the side (disabled), but I can’t get it until the toppings are finished (customizations are present in the build). If I’m understanding the rumors correctly, we will never see a barebones, vanilla experience that we can just install and be done with it. I like having vanilla android, no customizations – just download, install and go. Will we ever have this same experience again? Even if we have no desire for customizations and plan on turning them off, we’ll still have to wait until some OEM has finished their customizations, then get the update. This also leads to the question, how long will we have to wait for updates now? Will Google no longer be able to just put it out there for almost immidiate consumption? With there being a new piece to the puzzle added, won’t we have to wait that much longer on updates? Not only that but won’t it take some of the power out of Google’s hands?

    This is where I’m hoping Google surprises us and says something like, “yeah it sounds like that but we’re going to host the updates directly so you can get the latest version straight from Google. If it breaks your OEM customizations, that’s their problem. Blame them.” Sure Google would never come accross that brash about it, but hopefully this is their approach as to not slow down the upgrade process.

    That’s where this issue really could be two sided. If done right, Google could essentially hold OEMs at arms’ length with this strategy. They’d give OEM’s a smaller section of Android to maintain. If they can’t fiddle and customize every little element of Android it would create for faster updates. The stock experience and customizations may go hand in hand now, but it could streamline the OEMs’ “skinning” process resulting in faster turn around times.

    But that also leads to some other questions. “Customizations” aren’t just simply skinning anymore. It’s not as simple as a custom skinned launcher and widgets. OEMs change a lot more than that with Android. Color icons in phone settings, reorganized & customized phone settings, added functionality (Motorola’s profiles, Samsung’s s-voice, s-share, slide screen brightness, etc, etc, etc). Additional apps or revised behavior of stock apps (dialer, lockscreen, etc) There’s a lot of integration that goes into these customizations. Will OEMs be allowed to do all these things? Will the customizations center *really* be able to turn all these things with just the flip of a switch?

    Not to mention, what does this do for the dreaded “Android fragmentation” issue? It’s a double edge sword. Every Nexus will include stock, but every nexus will also include a different customization. There’s the risk that consumer confusion will only be increased. “I have a nexus phone, why don’t I have that feature? (comparing LG’s Nexus customizations to Samsung’s Nexus customizations, both Nexus’ yet different.)” And how about troubleshooting someone; do they have stock or customizations enabled? A person could go from a customized LG Nexus to a customized Samsung Nexus, then switch to stock. Talk about confusion, trying to allow someone to get acclimated and used to knowing how their phone operates.

    With all that said, I have to wonder, what about the Nexus program really entices OEMs in the first place? Is the Nexus brand so popular that OEMs are lining up to align themselves with it? One, I don’t think the Nexus brand carries enough weight as it stands right now. Two, sure we read rumors about different OEMs making submissions to make the next Nexus, but I have to doubt their enthusiasm. So what is it? Why are OEMs going to want to jump on board? They could make a Nexus phone and have all their “differential, industry-leading innovations and features” disabled. It seems to me that OEMs would rather continue doing what they have been; take android and implement customizations through out to create a one of a kind experience. I just have trouble seeing an incentive for them to create a Nexus phone. There’s only two things that I can see would be incentive for OEMs: Google promises to put even more marketing dollars behind the Nexus brand and grow it into this huge household name and secondly, the Nexus program will allow OEMs such early access to android that if not taken advantage of and OEMs just wait until source is released, it may cripple them for being up to date with consumers.

    There is a hint of positive potential here with customizations though… What if ROM Developers got a hold of this? We could have a 100% stock device, with a CyanogenMod “customization” That could be cool! Every rom could be stock with a developer customization. That has serious potential.
    In conclusion there are some serious issues here that I think need to be considered. But with the concerns also comes potential for good too. Hopefully Google can handle this right keeping OEMs and more importantly pure Nexus fans such as myself happy.

  • chaosrv

    I’m not sure if I like where this is going. Allowing manufacturer customization is one step away from allowing carrier customization. This will also slow down the development time as manufacturers will have to code & test two “themes” – the stock experience and their own. Then it becomes a slippery slope with manufacturers claiming they had to sacrifice part of the stock experience to make theirs work. Yes, I know..strict guidelines those tend to bend over time. I just have a fear the Nexus brand is going to go the way of the Droid brand….basically, meaningless

  • mrz1125

    I thought Sprint was a CDMA network…How can it be a unlocked GSM??