Google is talking to manufacturers about the next Nexus phone, like many things in this industry, that’s just fact. With a general October/November timeframe for announcement/release, the new Nexus phone is always hotly anticipated and a report out of Korea is pegging LG as the manufacturer they’re talking to.
The report is based on a 16 day visit by Google Engineers to the LG Electronics headquarters in Korea, which also included a factory tour. LG has seemingly brushed off the speculation saying ‘Google Phone Reference matter production and engineering teams are unable to go check. LG has visited workplaces and factories often include customers and partners. – which roughly translated could be taken for: LG has visitors all the time, this is nothing much.
But if there is anything to this, the etoday report goes on to talk about LG and Google working on Project ‘N000’, which is apparently a ‘Nexus 7’. Whether this is a phone or tablet isn’t clear, Google already has a Nexus 7, two in fact and they’re tablets, so whether Google would want to muddy the naming convention for Nexus devices further with a Nexus 7 phone isn’t terribly logical.
We’ve already heard rumours of a Huawei Nexus – a Nexus 7 in fact – but why not throw LG back into the mix? The Nexus 4/Nexus 5 were quite highly regarded by Nexus fans in terms of design (if not battery life).
This is very much just speculation and quite a stretch at the moment. But it does raise the question: Will Motorola make the next Nexus phone or will another manufacturer get a shot? Who should be making a Nexus phone?