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Rumor and a Half: Larry Page Meets With LG to Talk Next Nexus Phone

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In one line of a report by the Korea Times, the world is now jumping to the idea that Google has already pegged LG as the creator of the next Nexus phone. Since LG produced the Nexus 4, they could easily create the next Nexus. Hell, even Samsung produced two Nexus phones in a row in the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility. The report comes as Larry Page stopped off to meet with LG CEO Koo Bon-joon in Korea to talk business. The report mentions specifically that the two met under low profile circumstances because “LG Group is working with Internet-giant Google to make another Nexus-branded Google Android smartphone.” So are they? 

Other than this report, we have no other leads that point towards LG producing the next Nexus, which many have already dubbed “Nexus 5.” One thing you should keep in mind, is the fact that we likely won’t see another phone made by Google until the end of 2013. Google has released Nexus phones during the holiday quarter for three straight years, so by no means do we expect to see a new Nexus phone at Google I/O in two weeks or at another time this summer.

LG certainly makes sense, though. The Nexus 4 has been a success if you consider that Google underestimated demand for it during the first few months of its release, leading to weeks and weeks of delays and limited availability. LG has also set personal records in terms of the amounts of smartphones it has shipped over the last quarter or so, thanks to innovative features and form factors of devices that match up nicely to what Samsung has been pushing. While we have a ways to go before we’ll know for sure if LG is making the next Nexus, they should stick on the short list of potential companies.

The meeting between Koo and Page reportedly also featured conversations about TVs and Google Glass.

Thoughts on LG producing the next Nexus? We know you’d rather have it be made by Motorola, but who would be your second choice?

Via:  Korea Times

Cheers Brad!

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    As a Verizon customer, it’s not going to make any differences as there will probably never be a Nexus on Verizon again, even if it’s a VZW-handicapped one. In fact, we may not even see a great Android phone on Verizon ever again. In recent months, Verizon seems to make up their minds to only give us less-than-the-greatest Android phones, or delay flagship Android phones that everyone wants.

  • Cuco

    Why LG? Disappointed to no OTG function on Nexus 4. Hope Nexus 5 has OTG to add storage with http://goo.gl/lfEXI

    • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

      If Google insists, I bet there would definitely be OTG on the Nexus 4. After all, they are the one who commissioned it.

  • Elliot Kotis

    I actually like LG as a choice, the N4, with better backing (no so weak glass), would be amazing.

  • Alan Paone

    I would love for it to come from a company who have EVER made a good product in any category (aside from the N4, LG certainly hasn’t). If Motorola isn’t making it, I’d love an HTC or a Sony. I’d even take a chance on an ASUS (love my N7, but they are a little spotty on phones) before Samsung or LG again. It would be so dope if Google just made it themselves

  • LionStone

    If Google is smart, they will hire HTC and you will see another metal clad gem, for the next Nexus. 1) because the glass back on N4 was on the fragile side and 2) because of the recent popularity with the HTC One.

  • joejoe5709

    I’m very cautious of an LG Nexus Not that the N4 is a bad phone, but I think I’d wait for a few reviews and then maybe even a month after that for a killer deal. If it were on VZW, I’d probably buy it no matter what OEM makes it even without an SD Card, LTE, etc. The dev community makes up for a lot of compromises. Well… as long as the glass doesn’t break. smh

  • crankerchick

    I’m sorry, am I the only one who thinks Motorola displays are awful? Of course, the Nexus 4 displays was pretty bad too. The Galaxy Nexus display was ok for AMOLED, except for the banding at low brightness.

    Whoever makes it, just shut up and take my money.

    • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

      They are because many recent Motorola phones use AMOLED — the lower quality kind.

  • lye

    It’s insane that google would buy moto and never use them to make nexus phones.

    • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

      The more I think about it, the more I don’t want a Motorola Nexus. Motorola should just make Android phones that use stock (or at least, close to stock) Android. If every phones from Motorola are using the AOSP Android, we don’t need a Nexus from them — we will need a Nexus from another OEM so that there are AOSP Android phones that are made by companies that have totally different design philosophy from Motorola.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Israel-Fabian/100000820426631 Israel Fabian

    I wouldn’t care who makes the nexus. As long as it has a Tegra 4 (LTE), I’m all in baby!!

  • Bionicman

    make it available on Verizon with same $299 price and it would be very appealing. EDIT: appealing to me haha

  • Dr0me

    I feel like at the time, the Nexus 4 was a great phone, but it had a few weak points like the storage, lack of LTE and overall aesthetic (glass back, rubber sides, cheap buttons, SPARKLES!!). I feel like these were all as a result of Google’s design and not because LG is a bad OEM. If LG does make another Nexus, I hope google offers at LEAST a 32gb version even if it is $50 more in price. If it doesn’t have LTE then it is completely DOA. After having the HTC One, I get the feeling that while the Nexus line is the best for running the latest AOSP builds, that unless google changes their strategy, Nexus will also be the affordable option and not the greatest phone you can get. I wish that were not the case as AOSP is the best, but Sense 5 is not far off.

    1) HTC
    2) LG
    3) Moto
    4) Samsung

  • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

    what dont they understand. MOTO….NEXUS

  • tyguy829

    Is there any possibility that this “next LG nexus” is just the Nexus 4 LTE 32GB we’ve been hearing about?

    • Rabid Rotty

      doubt it

  • John Burke

    I was hoping it’d be HTC, Sony or Motorola … but LG making it won’t stop me from getting it, just hope it won’t be all glass again.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Not LG again….. What a disappointment…..

  • brkshr

    My only real gripe is the glass back. Fix that & I’m fine with LG. LTE would definitely be necessary for the next one as well.

  • Justin Kos

    Just in time for my vzw contract to expire..hmm

  • Bionic

    X phone mid to late quarter 3. Per sarge.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667432104 Albert Kilger

      VZW? Unlock(ed)(able) bootloader?

      • Bionic

        It’ll be on verizon but im almost positive that verizon will lock it, because………they are verizon

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667432104 Albert Kilger

          Do you think it will be available on the Play Store?
          *Also hopefully the bootloader can be cracked like on the razr devices*

          • Bionic

            No the play store idea was killed long ago, too many people bitched about it.

            It may be purchasable from the motorola website but no confirmation or info on that yet.

          • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

            Google shouldn’t be worried about OEMs or people. It’s their company! They can sell wherever they want!

          • S2556

            Sounds like apples business model

          • hkklife

            Awesome, thanks for the update. Any idea if it’ll still have removable storage? How about the internal storage? I am so tired of HTC and Samsung with their gimped internal storage amounts.

          • Bionic

            sarge said 16/32 GB variants and they decided to axe the SD card slot for some stupid reason.

            Im getting the 32 GB version

          • LionStone

            Sign of the times…

    • brkshr

      Hopefully it’s not another Bionic let down…

      Trollolol :-)

  • Meister_Li

    I’d still like to see a Sony-Made Nexus phone. They seem like the perfect partner. They do great devices with great build quality, they are just a little behind on top-of-the-line specs and their price is a little slanted (too high for what you get). And getting that one unlockable on a contract… That’d be awesome.

    Of course, the high prices of Sony Hardware may be exactly why a Sony Nexus phone is unlikely at this point.

    • Dain Laguna

      as long as the screen is good I’m on board.

    • RW-1

      Agreed, Sony is too full of themselves price point wise to make a Nexus…

  • jamie stevens

    NOKIA needs to make a nexus….

    • Rabid Rotty

      Nokia will never make a Nexus, they are MicroCraps bitch

      • jamie stevens

        Your right. i really wish they would have gone droid route instead of ms. i loved my n95 build and my n9. the body was fantastic. i had android running on the n9 but it had its flaws. but the nice weight and soild body was a plus. I would love to see a 4.7″ / 5.0″ pure droid phone made by nokia.

  • Dustin Wen

    X Phone isn’t the Nexus phone?

    • John

      Nope.

    • Bionic

      No

    • Rabid Rotty

      Nada

  • Riz Virani

    Just bring me a new Nexus with LTE to Sprint, and I’ll be happy. And I’ll be extremely happy if it’s Motorola build quality.. :)

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Skittlez

      :newsflash: it’s sprint, you won’t be happy.

  • http://twitter.com/nedrudrelytmai Tyler Durden

    If they work on camera software and make it much better. I’ll buy it no matter who produces it.

    • Riz Virani

      Don’t expect it to be 300-350, then.

      • http://twitter.com/nedrudrelytmai Tyler Durden

        Not sure how camera software would make it cost more.

        • Dain Laguna

          i feel like the sensor is a bigger issue…but yeah, stock android needs some work here in a software sense too…not functunality…just image processing quality

  • Jack Hoffman

    I just can’t trust Samsung to make a decent “phone”. They make very good “devices”, but they suck as phones…poor call quality, dropped calls, garbled transmissions, poor tower handoffs…etc.

    LG isn’t terrible, but it’s not Motorola when it comes to radios.

    • S2556

      While I am aware that the gnex has those issues I don’t recall them being present in other Samsung devices. My gs3 in particular does quite well with calls and connection to network. Granted they aren’t quite up to moto standards but they are better than many phones out there.

  • Ken Bosse

    really want my next phone to be a Nexus, though I’m not a huge fan of LG.
    I would like to see HTC make it

  • Steven Rothermel

    I dont even care who makes the phone any more. i have learned that a nexus is worth 4 phones to me. i went through 4 phones on my first 2 year contract….this contract has been on my Gnex for the entire time. no more messing with carrier bloat or skins.

    this thing can be made by huwei (or whatever it is called) and i would be all over it as long as the specs were current and the Price point doesn’t change much.

    • Jérôme Besnard

      I agree 100%. I would add that I want it to look beautiful but so far I have not been disappointed. And now I have a Nexus 4 wireless charger, I want to make sure it will not be obsolete with my next purchase.

    • Riz Virani

      I just want a new one because I got into the Nexus game late, and it’s been out for almost two years now.. C’mon Nexus 4 LTE on Sprint!

  • http://twitter.com/AMiller31 A.Miller

    I actually don’t care that much about who manufactures it. I want removable battery, long battery life, and for it to be on VZW.

    • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

      and SD Card Support

      • Sqube

        Y’all gotta let it go. You’re not likely to see a Nexus device with a SD slot any time soon.

        • Rabid Rotty

          Or ever as Goog, said they don’t like SD cards when they have the cloud

        • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

          why every one (user – i mean) hates SD Card Support.I’m nnoob plz elaborate me. thanks in advance

          • Sqube

            Put (very) simply. your file system is more complicated when you have to account for SD cards. So they’d rather simplify the whole process by cutting SD cards out of it.

          • Dylan Patel

            to add on the what Sqube said, SD cards are terrible. Their Nand is terrible.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      If Samsung makes another Nexus, you’ll get a removable battery. If anyone else does, you probably won’t. That seems to be the trend. Also, no Nexus will have SD card support again. Android team isn’t fans of them.

      • Derin Richardson

        Kellex, you forgot to mention that no Nexus will ever be on Verizon again either to desecrate Google’s artifact again….

        Hopefully.

      • Jérôme Besnard

        We’ll see if the Nexus 11 (if it exists) will have an SD card, as rumored. I agree with Google (and with Apple for that matter), having an SD card increases complexity. And with 100 gb of Google drive (free for 2 year with the purchase of my Samsung Chromebook), I don’t need an SD card.

        • Tim242

          Nexus 11? Nexus tablets are named by screen size. I doubt it will go to 11″.

          • Dave_E

            LOL he said it as if there were other rumors floating around about a “Nexus 11″. HA!!

          • Alan Paone

            They’re named by generation on phones, the nexus 4 is the 4th nexus phone. 4.7 is closer to 5 than 4 anyway

          • Tim242

            I know that the phones are named by generation. I never said anything about phones. I said that tablets are named by screen size.

      • bobbyg

        Thats why we need Moto and their massive batteries

    • http://twitter.com/nedrudrelytmai Tyler Durden

      They need to work on the camera as well.

      • j

        Camera is pusposefully not top end to lower cost in the nexus line, and to avoid supply line shortages (which is a big LOL since N4 was widely unavailable due to production shortages).

  • Jeff Tycz

    Lets hope the next nexus phone whoever makes it does not have a glass back to it..dumbest design idea ever

    • Chris Hannan

      I disagree. I love the look and feel of glass on the back. And after dropping my phones the first few times, I’ve learned to be a lot more careful when handling it. I haven’t dropped a phone in a couple years so the glass doesn’t worry me at all. Plus it’s cheap and extremely easy to replace the back glass anyway so it’s really not a big deal.

      • Korey Page

        Yeah I thought glass back looked and felt nice until it cracked falling from 2 feet off of a chair and to the carpet. Didn’t think much of it. Looked on the back and boom, chipped and splintered glass.

        • Chris Hannan

          It’s not that it has a glass back that’s the problem. It’s that they didn’t use Gorilla Glass because of the sparkles. If it was just plain glass, they could have gone with Gorilla Glass and made it a lot stronger.

          But like I said, it’s cheap and easy to replace. Buy a new back panel, unscrew the screws on the bottom, pop the cracked glass off, put the new one on, and screw the screws back in. Then be a little more careful with it next time. :P

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  • Manny

    HTC. The pure Android experience with a great looking phone would be an insta-buy for me.

    • Steven Rothermel

      HTC FIRST!!!!!!! haha.
      you ask, you shall receive :)

      • trwb

        I bet Facebook will be tracking your uid all over that phone, even if you return it to aosp.

      • michael arazan

        I Tried toTip DL back in February About LG Being In Negotiations With Google For Another Nexus Phone

    • http://twitter.com/GRZLA Grizzly Atoms

      They need to not use LG for any nexus device. LG has a track record that is just filled with duds. I don’t even see why they still make phones, who is buying their junk?

      • brkshr

        I haven’t heard too many gripes with the N4… besides the back being glass. I would say that counts for something.

        • Tim242

          Or the terrible display…and camera.

          • brkshr

            I prefer the N4s screen over an AMOLED screen (like my S3) & the camera is definitely better than my GNex’s, maybe not the S3s. Over all, I wouldn’t say that those have been complained about very much, aside from a select few power users. Some people like AMOLED, some people like LCD. We’re definitely not talking about the GNex, that has been widely agreed on having a subpar screen. Almost every Android phone has been said to have a bad camera.
            TL;DR – I’m happy with the screen & camera.

          • Dylan Patel

            The N4 has one of the worst LCD screens though. Even out of the 720p screens, it was TERRIBLY calibrated.

          • Chris Hannan

            Yeah what? The camera on the Nexus 4 is fine. Android’s image processing software just isn’t very great. If Google could hire proper people to work on the camera software, Nexus phones could take much better pictures.

            And how is the screen terrible? Maybe you got a lemon with a messed up screen but the resolution, pixel density, and brightness are fantastic. I love this phone and would happily buy another LG Nexus if it’s even better than this one.

          • Tim242

            The display sensitivity is way off. Scrolling is wonky. When you pinch out to zoom, nothing happens until your fingers are 2″ apart. I tried three units, and it is a widely reported issue. I’ve heard Devs came up with a kernel that corrects it to an extent.

          • Chris Hannan

            The only issue I have out of those are the pinch to zoom one and I wouldn’t even call that an issue. Maybe if it was an iPhone-sized screen but even then I double tap to zoom I’d say at least 95% of the time.

          • zurginator

            Fixed with a kernel? Sounds like a software issue, so that’s Google’s fault.

          • Tim242

            It isn’t an issue on any other phone with 4.2

          • Chris Hannan

            That doesn’t mean it’s not a software issue. Different devices use different hardware so one device might have a bug while another doesn’t.

          • zurginator

            Because it’s impossible for a bug to only effect one phone?

    • brkshr

      HTC Nexus 5.one would be perfect! (read 5point1… cuz it can’t just be a Nexus one)

    • joejoe5709

      I’m much more interested in an HTC Nexus than I was a couple months ago. They’ve come a long way. HTC plus a teensy bit bigger battery and stock Android you’d have a hell of a great phone. Then again, Sammy has proven themselves up to the task and Moto is about to have a revolution so it’s anyone’s game.

  • Captain_Doug

    Motorola, Sony, or HTC. LG? meh.

    • http://twitter.com/RavnosCC RavnosCC

      Sony is the antithesis to Nexus… sorry. :(

      • Dain Laguna

        actually theyve been pretty good about leaving their devices open for asop development

        • http://twitter.com/RavnosCC RavnosCC

          Glad to hear, they must have a rogue element with their Android dev team… ;-)

        • brkshr

          This is true. J.B. Queru (maintainer of AOSP for Google) was even working on an AOSP Sony XPeria Z with Sony. It just didn’t work out because there was some proprietary hardware in them that they couldn’t publish. I would say that makes Sony pretty darn Nexus friendly. They also seem to be pretty good at publishing their sources. Their build quality also seems to be pretty nice.

      • Captain_Doug

        /s?

    • joejoe5709

      I think I would take an LG Nexus over a Sony Nexus.