LG making the next Nexus smartphone?
Each year, Google comes out with a new Nexus smartphone. That’s happened four times already, and there’s really no reason for us not to expect it to happen again in 2013. The big question, though, is this: who will make the Nexus 5 (or whatever else it will end up being called)?
So far, HTC, Samsung (twice), and LG have been chosen by Google to make the hardware for the showcase smartphone for Android. And LG could be in for a double performance, following in the footsteps of fellow Korean company Samsung.
At least that’s what The Korea Times reports today, in an article about Google CEO Larry Page and his recent visit to the country. Apparently LG is destined to make the next Nexus handset. That’s all the info we get right now. Of course, if this pans out, it’s big news as it looks like Google was so satisfied with the Nexus 4 that it demanded a sequel from LG.
LG also wants to cooperate with the Californian search giant in other spaces, most notably Google Glass and Web-connected TVs (running Google TV, naturally). The Korean company wants to work more closely with Google on ‘futuristic’ projects as well. The partnership may also result in a Google-ified OLED TV at some point in the future.
LG struggled to make a mark on the smartphone space for many years, but it’s on the right track now. As of Q1 this year, all its numbers are up and it seems like some healthy growth will follow. This will undoubtedly be helped by the manufacture of the next Nexus smartphone.