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Nexus 5: Who can build the next Google smartphone?

Sterling Keys (translation)

As long as Google can keep up the steady rythm in which it is spitting out Nexus devices, we can always hope and wish for a Nexus 5 to be dropping in October. The big question on everyone's mind, however, is who will be the company that will be cosen to build the newest Google smartphone?

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How we've imagined the Nexus 5 / © AndroidPIT

While LG can boast an undeniable success when it comes to the Nexus 4, it seems like they're not as keen as expected to be the manufacturer of choice for the newest iteration of the Nexus brand. Found on the dutch side of allaboutphones, LG's European boss, Won Kim, has made an announcement that LG will most likely not be company behind the newest Nexus.

Currently there are no plans for us to build the Nexus 5. We do not need this kind of marketing success once again. The Nexus 4 was a great success, apart from the delivery problems and we have a great relationship with Google. But we will not be building the Nexus 5.

 Earlier in May, Korea Times reported on the contrary, indicating that LG would be the manufacturer of the newest Nexus device. However, with the statements issued by Kim, it seems that LG will not pursure the contract despite a good success with dealing with Google and the Nexus 4.

The question then remains: Who will be building the Nexus 5?

  • LG? Despite the comments issued by Kim?
  • Samsung just launched it's Galaxy S4 to the market and the announcement of a Galaxy S4 with pure Android was announced at the Google I/O. Is it possible that the South Korean company will also have the rights to the Nexus 5 device?
  • HTC, with a similar announcement of the HTC One running with pure Android, has the potential as well.
  • Motorola, owned itself by Google, and with the constant speculation of a new Motorola smartphone in the works could be a frontrunner.
  • Huawei joins as the potential Nexus 5 manufacturer as they have the technical know-how to produce such a device. Would Google go out on a limb and use a Chinese company?
  • Sony is also a possible candidate as the Japenese company released their Xpera and Xperia Tablet with stock Android as a trial.



What do think? Who will build the next Nexus smartphone?




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  • Alex Nyko May 29, 2013 Link

    Might want to spell-check that article. "Neus", "smartyphone"...

  • Sterling Keys May 29, 2013 Link

    smartyphone isn't a real word? ;)

    Thanks for the heads-up Alex. Corrected.

  • CJ Brown Jun 7, 2013 Link

    If relations between LG and Google were fine while developing the NEXUS 4 (with the exception of not meeting supplies for the demand), I can see relations continuing with the development of the NEXUS 5 (as long as LG doesn't feel it will compete with their OPTIMA models) ......

    I can not see GOOGLE working with Samsung (they don't need a NEXUS smart phone to compete with their GALAXY), nor HTC (their financial house needs improving so that HTC doesn't go belly up before delivering a NEXUS), nor Sony (who would prefer to market their own XPERA models without competition from a NEXUS), nor Huawei (who made some impressive Android Smart Phones, except obtaining one outside of the Asian market is too difficult) ....

    The only other option for Google is to start making use of its Motorola ownership (if I take LG's European boss, Won Kim comments as accurate? Then Motorola would be the logical choice, because Google doesn't have to worry about a NEXUS 5 competing with the various Motorola Android Smart Phones now available) ....