When it comes to Google’s Nexus smartphones, HTC and Samsung were the two hardware partners till now, however the new one to join the league seem to be LG, depending on the list of rumors from several industry sources claiming that the Optimus G smartphone unveiled in September will be the next Nexus smartphone.
Every single day, the rumor mills are churning out new details about the LG Nexus smartphone as the handset is speculated to be announced in this month.
With that being said, here is a collective set of information that we know about the next Nexus smartphone of Google. However, all these details mentioned in the coming pages are only rumors and they need to be officially confirmed by both the companies.
LG Nexus to launch on October 29
Enhancing the Nexus fever, a new report has surfaced online via a French Newspaper Le Figaro, which suggests that the release of the Nexus smartphone will take place on October 29 worldwide. The translated report states “the worldwide release of the Nexus 4 is scheduled for October 29. In France, it will eventually be marketed from early December, contrary to what was stated in first place.”
Going by the records, the first Nexus smartphone – Samsung Galaxy Nexus was launched approximately a year ago, hinting that it is the time for the next handset to splash the market.
Also, taking a look at the strategy of Google, Nexus smartphones are the current flagship smartphones of its hardware partners. Nexus One was based on HTC Desire, Nexus S was based on original Galaxy S and Galaxy Nexus was based on Galaxy S2, in each case, the latter being the flagship smartphones.
Going by these lines, LG’s current flagship smartphone – Optimus G will be the next Nexus smartphone.
Galaxy Nexus Like Design
Recently, Android Central reported that a community dedicated to Android OS received few pictures of the handset that was similar to the Optimus G running on stock Android.
Taking a closer look at the leaked images, its suggested LG Nexus has a back cover very similar to the one on the Optimus G handset, however, at the front it’s almost identical to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Hence, it can be said that on the whole, it looks like a crossover device, which is a combination of the two smartphones.
Also, on the back panel, logos of Google and LG were visible, but not Nexus as on the Nexus 7 tablet. But at the same time, analysts predict , it could be an early prototype and the handset could have a final design change at the time of launch.
An earlier report by Modaco suggested that the LG Nexus smartphone will have a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM, 4.7 inch 1280 x 768 True-High Definition IPS display, 8MP camera, 8GB to 16GB internal storage, in-built wireless charging and a non-removable battery. Further, the handset is claimed to lack a micro SD slot.
However, analysts assume that LG Nexus might borrow a few features from the LG Optimus G including a higher density battery (2,100 mAh), 13MP rear camera and 2MP front facing camera.
LG Nexus with Android 4.2?
A report by Android And Me claims that Google will be announcing its next version of Android – Android 4.2 rumored as Key Lime Pie while unveiling the next Nexus smartphone in the end of October 2012. This could be true as Google has the tradition of announcing new versions of its mobile OS while unveiling the Nexus devices.
However, Android 4.2 could also be an update of Jelly Bean as Google did with Éclair – Android 2.0 and Android 2.1.
Optimus Nexus or Nexus 4?
Codenamed as Mako in the leaked photos, tech experts are still anticipating, what could be the name of the LG Nexus smartphone? Will it be Optimus Nexus (like Galaxy Nexus) or Nexus 4?
Anyways, the answers to all these questions asked so far regarding the LG’s Nexus smartphone will come to the spotlight when the handset is announced in late October at Dive into Mobile conference.