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The next Google Nexus Phone could be made by LG, Samsung or others

Google Galaxy NexusI’ve seen a lot of rumours lately about Google next Nexus smartphone. Some say it will be built by Samsung, others say by LG and others say that anyone can build a Nexus smartphone as long as they stick with Google strict standards.

The most recent rumour that came up right before the weekend was about LG. As we are speaking some of you know that LG is already planning to release a “superphone” called Optimus G. LG already released a bunch of information about Optimus G, probably wanting us to die after their phone. Optimus G will feature a 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor, 4G LTE, WXGA True HD IPS+ display, 2GB of RAM and an 8 or 13 megapixel camera. Awesome, but unfortunately it should weight 145grams, so it’s quite heavy.

MoDaCo founder, Paul O’Brien is giving us details about how this will look like from a source trusts “101 percent”. The next Google Nexus phone is actually similar with LG Optimus G, except for the design, the source says:

  • 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor
  • 1280×768 “True-HD” IPS screen
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8GB or 16GB internal storage
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • No MicroSD slot
  • Non-removable battery

Besides these specs, Google Nexus phone should also feature wireless charging out of the box, a feature that will be found on Nokia’s next phones – Lumia 820 and Lumia 920.

The guys have two sources that gave them information about Google/LG Nexus devices. It’s funny, one of the source touched the Nexus device and said more about this experience. It appears that the design is different than LG Optimus G and it’s very close to Galaxy Nexus. The screen seems to have the same dimension but a better brightness, which should be great. Right now people might not be attracted by an LG Nexus phone, but that’s understandable – I can’t remember a recent LG smartphone that was popular and it will be hard to compete with Samsung, HTC and even Sony.

Google Nexus rumoured device was running Android 4.2 and the tipster said it’s “amazed by is how fluid everything seemed to be from exiting apps, switching, etc. It seems like they’ve increased the number of transitions and their types”. That’s nice because it seams that it could be one of the last version of Android 4 and next year we could see Android 5 with a lot of new features, maybe a new interface who knows. For me Jelly Bean is already one of the coolest mobile operating system. I’ve never say an OS working so fast, smooth and being that responsive in any way you’d use it.

Back in May, the WSJ said that Google have “plans to give multiple mobile-device makers early access to new releases of Android and to sell those devices directly to consumers, said people familiar with the matter”. So if you were expecting just a Galaxy Nexus made by Samsung, just like me, well it appears we could end up having a suite of Nexus smartphones made also by HTC, LG, Sony and even Google’s friend – Motorola.

It’s hard to estimate whether or not these devices can achieve what Google wants. I think Google wants to show OEMs that a pure Android phone could make consumers actually decide to choose a Nexus phone, rather than the ones OEMs ruined by adding their interfaces. In my opinion the first most important feature a Google Nexus Phone should have would be faster update cycles.

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