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LG Exec Claims Company is Not Working on the Nexus 5, No “Google Edition” Phones Either

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Even though Larry Page reportedly stopped off at LG HQ in early May to discuss the next Nexus smartphone, LG Mobile’s European VP Kim Won has stated in an interview that his company is not working on what the media has dubbed the “Nexus 5.” While Won and LG consider the Nexus 4 as “a great success despite the production problems,” they do not need another Nexus to remain successful. Over the last year, LG has made a strong climb up the Android ranks, selling personal record numbers of smartphones that include the Optimus G and recently released Optimus G Pro. To be clear, this doesn’t mean that LG is not willing to work with Google again on another Nexus device, this simply means that they aren’t making this oft-rumored Nexus 5. 

Won mentioned in his sitdown that they are not fans of Samsung’s “Nexus experience” edition of the Galaxy S4 that was announced at Google I/O. At this point in time, LG has no plans to release similar “Google Edition” phones, because their skins are what differentiate them from the crowd and this “has no added value for us [LG].”

Last, Won also spoke of a new Android tablet in the works, along with the idea that LG may look to a new smartphone operating system in the future to help sell phones. He isn’t a fan of the “duopoloy” created by Google and Apple in the space, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean they will develop their own OS. This could simply mean that they will look towards Firefox Mobile OS as another outlet.

So, how disappointed are you that LG more than likely isn’t making the next Nexus?

Via:  The Verge | All About Phones [2] [3]

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Moto’s back. {{^_^}}

  • renGek

    I don’t think its up to LG on an N5 lol. Producing a nexus device is PR work but only if google gives you that opportunity. I imagine there is very little money to be made on the device alone and google’s strict requirements is probably not easy for them to meet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

    I love my Nexus 4, best phone I have had so far (Previous was a Galaxy Nexus). Sadly I guess it means its not only my first but my last LG phone.

  • jeff manning
  • danofiveo

    It it means that the next Nexus is not so fragile an dis more widely distributed, I’m all for LG not doing the next Nexus.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Best tech news of 2013! Good Riddance!

  • The Gooch

    Wow LG, had a pretty good year and now they want to be Samsung…. Interesting to see how carriers react.

  • moelsen8

    who cares. take your skin and go to firefox.

  • Bionic

    X phone is 98% stock.

    • Josh C

      Which is why it will be my next phone regardless of CPU.

      • Bionic

        that depends on price. You are telling me that if X phone has mediocre specs and they charge $199 you will buy that over an S4 with top tier specs at $199?

        Those are subsidized prices of course.

        • Josh C

          I hate TW and the physical buttons on the S4. I know root or a launcher can fix the TW, but still. And the moto is sure not to be made of cheap plastic.

          I will be disappointed if it is $199 on a 2-yr, but still probably bite.

          • Bionic

            I agree with all of that, but I want top tier specs. I was the biggest moto fanboy there was until last week when motorola showed us how much they suck.

          • Josh C

            So what would xfon have to be sporting to make you bite?

          • Bionic

            As is with a S4 pro/prime quad core? The answer would be some kind of awesome software feature.

            Redesigned? Simply said, modern tech. A snapdragon 600 or better.

          • Josh C

            I just don’t have faith that Verizon will bring it in below $199, regardless of specs.

          • Bionic

            Exactly, every major motorola release seems to be $300 which is riduculous when Samsung is $200

          • Josh C

            I could never understand how they justified the extra $100 for the battery jump with the maxx.

          • Justin Winker

            Do you have an idea what the off-contract price will be? I just bought a One, but I may or may not be interested in this… Moto’s always been my favorite company for mobile devices.

          • Blue Sun

            Just remember that if you are on Verizon, you will need to pay full retail price to keep unlimited data. So the $200 price point would be a moot point.

          • Bionic

            Its not just the xfon sucking that is turning me off from motorola. Sarge has said that the company isnt doing well at all and google isnt happy with them. Im not going into detail but they are not any better than HTC right now.

            This puts doubt in things such as future support. What if you buy a X phone and suddenly google decides to shut down motorola? Yanno what that means? No support or updates of any kind.

            Motorola needs to prove a lot of things to me right now in order for me to feel comfortable buying a phone from them.

          • Josh C

            That is pretty disappointing to hear. I will never buy HTC again, so I know how that feels. S4 might have to do for now. My Gnex is killing me with the battery and data drops.

          • Bionic

            Yup, like i said, i was the biggest moto fanboy there was, so imagine my dissapointment.

            That is why I am buying an S4 in the next month UNLESS motorola suddenly impresses me.

          • Silver Veloz

            I’m pretty much with you Bionic. Come on Motorola.

          • lookatmyfunnyusername

            who the hell is this sarge you speak of? you make it sound like he is the invisible guy giving you orders like the leprechaun telling Ralph to burn things.

          • ToddAwesome

            I think I literally just heard your heart break, I’m sorry for your loss.

    • Miguel L.

      Any chance it’s quad core? I don’t care. Just wondering.

      • Bionic

        Sarge has always said quad core S4 PRO.

        • Miguel L.

          But is that the one that just hit the FCC on VZW? Because didn’t people say that it’s dual-core?

          • Bionic

            Correct, Sarge has always said quad core, these news sites are saying dual core. I guess we’ll find out who is correct in the coming weeks.

            Looking at a July 8th release but could be sooner.

          • Miguel L.

            So with a July 8th release, when are we looking at for an announcement? Next two/three weeks?

          • Bionic

            You would THINK SO. I have no information on that however.

          • Miguel L.

            Alrighty, thanks! Is it worth me asking if you (or Sarge) have any info on the VZW HTC One/DNA+?

          • Bionic

            Thats a negative.

          • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

            July 8 release but not even a peep about it with just over a month left? I find that hard to believe. Even if it’s true, it’s evidence that Google/Moto don’t expect to sell many of them, which means availability will be poor. If that’s the case, then it won’t seriously challenge the GS4.

          • Bionic

            Its not going to challenge the S4 given the specs I have forwarded to you guys anyway, so that is a moot point.

          • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

            I hear you. Guess it’s just Apple vs. Samsung then. Thanks for the info.

          • Bionic

            HTC will eventually get bought out by a competitor. If motorola cant prove itself to google soon who knows what google might do with them. That would leave LG, Sony, and the super power Samsung as the main Android warriors.

        • YouSeeLA11

          Incorrect, Sarge has said that the XPhone will come with S4 Prime, and be due around October/November…he also said the Ghost that will come out around July 8th will be dual-core and have 1GB RAM

          • Bionic

            he orignally said ghoast had a quad core Pro. The 5 inch has the Prime

          • YouSeeLA11

            Then why are you saying the Ghost/XFON will suck in the comments below?? An S4 Pro quad-core in that form factor (128.5″ x 65″) is actually a game changer…most phones that size have 4.3″ screens!

            I wonder if the Ghost and the rest of the XPhone line will use the new Sony Exmor RS camera sensor to improve the shoddy camera performance of the RAZRs

    • Miguel L.

      Like where is this big beast from Motorola that’ll be on VERIZON!!!

  • Kerry Fath

    I just hope we see a Nexus phone this year….sooner than later.

  • Ryuuie

    This was corrected actually. They said that they meant that they’re not working on a new Nexus “right now”.

  • Greg Morgan

    This is my Verizon Google Edition S4…thanks to Dan the Man and AOKP!

    • CGull

      Tell us more…

    • r0lct

      Any of Samsung’s camera software work on it?

      • Greg Morgan

        it’s a very early build, no one has tried to add any additional software yet. just trying to get ROM’s functional.

        • r0lct

          I wouldn’t care if there wasn’t such a huge gap between AOSP and TW camera. I don’t need every bell and whistle, but they need to make some improvements.

          • Greg Morgan

            agreed.

    • Bill

      where can i find the rom at?

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  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Some guy said something = pageviews.

    • r0lct

      “LG Mobile’s European VP Kim Won has stated”

      RTFA

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Well thanks for the click money. Now when this pops up in your email as a reply please come back and supply some more click money. Kthkbye

  • r0lct

    Seems none of the OEMs want to do a Nexus and a Google Edition is Google trying to avoid losing the Nexus program. I bet even Moto does a Google a edition and not a “true” Nexus.

    • EC8CH

      Does kind of seem that way. We’re pretty close to when the N4 replacement should be released and there’s no word at all on who is actually making it.

      Screw it Google… just flip the switch and turn Moto into Nexus and be done with it.

      • r0lct

        Well if they can get Google Editions of a Samsung. HTC and Moto flagship each year, the Nexus program might not be necessary anyway.

        • EC8CH

          Hate to see the Nexus design style die though. It’s been fairly consistent all the way back to the N1, and at least to me it’s the best looking design of any Android phone.

          • r0lct

            Yes, and I like knowing the hardware is designed for where the software is going (like controlling button layout and sensors). So hopefully Google will just start sharing earlier to get the bits in these phones for what’s coming.

      • mike cignarella

        Problem is Google really isn’t a product manufacturer. And just because they took over an actual (failing) product manufacturer does not guarantee success.

    • blix247

      I haven’t seen anything, even rumors that indicate no OEMs are interested in being in the Nexus program. There is a big difference between making a Google Experience device (like the Galaxy S4, and the HTC One, which they have commented on), and making the next Nexus device (which they have not commented on).

      Even LG clarified and said they aren’t currently part of it, not that they wouldn’t be interested in being part of it.

    • mike cignarella

      Remember last year with all the rumors about 5 nexus phones instead of one nexus and them opening up the program so multiple manufacturers could release a Nexus device. Doesn’t this new trend follow those rumors? Google S4, Google One….

  • Jérôme Besnard

    I’m ready for the next HTC Nexus phone!

    • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

      ewww…why?

      • Jérôme Besnard

        I held a One in my hand for the 1st time this weekend and I loved it. Best design, best quality. That’s why.

        • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

          Cool, but small battery, sense, 4mp camera…don’t judge a book by its cover.

          People loved the One X, too. And every other HTC phone. They make crap products that disappoint their users…bottom line.

          • Jérôme Besnard

            I agree with the criticisms. But put HTC and Google in the same room and I think they will evaporate. A nexus phone obviously won’t have Sense. And I would hope the camera will get a Mpixel bump. Maybe I’m still nostalgic of the Nexus One and G1 times though…

          • Tim242

            That’s why after 7 HTC phones, I’m now on my 3rd Samsung device

        • Tim242

          Biggest bezels, no thanks.

    • r0lct

      HTC already came out and said they don’t want to be in the Nexus program.

      • blix247

        Source? Or are you talking about when HTC said they weren’t making a stock version of the HTC One?

  • Warwick

    Hello Moto!

  • http://twitter.com/terry12s Terry

    I’m not disappointed either. I agree, Hello Moto :)

  • Josh C

    Not disappointed at all. Hello Moto.

    • EC8CH

      This

      …and make it happen on ALL carriers (including Verizon).

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        XFON…. This is what’s already happening.

        • Justin Winker

          Not sure why the downvotes… We all saw the FCC Docs for 3/4 major carriers in the US, and if it works on ATT, it will likely work on T-Mo. It’s not the best-spec’d phone based on rumors, but I bet it will suit the masses well.

          • michael arazan

            To think how many people passed on the Nexus 4 because they didn’t have enough to go around. A lot of people depend on their phone and don’t want to wait 4-6 months after it is supposed to be out and for sale to try and get one, and are going to get the next best thing instead of waiting for months on back order. LG’s manufacturing caused more damage than any good from how nice the phone was.

    • LiterofCola

      Exactly, or a pipe dream (Sony)