Is the LG G2 a preview of the Google Nexus 5?

T-Mobile LG G2I suspect many of us watching the LG G2 launch event this morning were less interested in LG’s new offering, and more interested in getting a preview of the Nexus 5. LG is rumored to be building Google’s next Nexus phone.

The LG G2 is pretty much everything the numerous leaks have said to expect. The LG G2 is a monster of a phone with a 5.2-inch 1080p display and an impressively thin bezel all around. This keeps it close to the size of the Samsung Galaxy S4.  The phone has no physical home, back and task switching buttons, with LG adopting the Nexus-like on-screen soft keys. At the back is a 13 MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization. Beside the camera are the rocker volume and power button, which also doubles as a shutter button. No more reaching over the back to turn the screen on.  Tapping the screen twice wakes the phone.

Inside is a 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor with Adreno 330 graphics. The LG G2 also comes with 2 GB of RAM and either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage. You can expand the phone’s memory via a card slot. The phone comes with a 3000 mAh battery.  You will find several first impressions posted all over the web right about now. They will give you a better idea of what the phone is like, especially the new take on the volume and power button placement.

LG has also added new features to its custom version of Android. Raising the phone to your ear answers an incoming call. Plug in a headset and a menu of your multimedia apps pops up. These and other neat tricks can be expected from the LG G2. Notably missing though is any mention of the voice activation feature in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 which allows the phone to listen to the mic while on standby.

Suffice it to say, I think we are all impressed if not overwhelmed by the LG G2. That is exactly what LG wanted to do with its new smartphone. LG knows that before it can seriously compete with Samsung for market share, it has to compete for mindshare.

I suspect the burning question for many of us is– Is this the base of the next Google Nexus phone? I think the answer to that would be a no. Google’s Nexus phones have been getting larger each year, but the past two models have had almost the same size of display. The Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65-inch display and the Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch display. The Google-influenced Moto X also has a 4.7-inch display. This gives me the impression that Google has kind of identified 4.7-inches as the ideal size for its smartphone.

Google will subsidize its next Nexus phone. Offering a Google branded LG G2 at US$299 will wreak havoc on its OEM partners. Last year, in order to prevent its low cost subsidized Nexus 4 from competing with the flagship phones of its OEM partners, Google removed the LTE capability. I do not think removing LTE from the next Nexus phone is going to be feasible this time around. Instead I would think the compromise will be display resolution. At this point, some of you may start thinking that I am pointing to a Moto X based phone as the next Nexus phone. I really doubt that, too.

With native always-on voice command on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, I do not see how Google can ignore this processor. It will be used on a large number of devices, and Google is best served by optimizing Google Now for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor. Google basing its next Nexus phone on proprietary Motorola X8 technology would ruffle too many feathers.

My bet for the next Nexus phone would be a 4.7-inch, 720p, smartphone equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.  I wouldn’t expect to see Optical Image Stabilization for the camera and a MicroSD card slot. Who will build it? I suspect Sony will get the job this time around and bring its expertise in dust and water resistant to the Nexus line-up. Why Sony? Given how friendly Sony has been to the Android Open Source Project, I think giving them the honor of building a Nexus phone is already a bit overdue.


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  1. First of all I currently do own Galaxy Nexus and I knew it was 4.65 sorry about that,didn’t think 0.05 inch makes much of difference,remember that google was still experimenting with buttonless design and I saw some news back then about people justifying 4.65 inch and saying that it just makes sense,I also don’t think that building something in middle of something else defined GNex’s screen size choice,you could name two other phones,like regular S II and S III,really there is no shortage of samsung phone screen size.Also S III’s screen is much brighter,and GNex’s screen is much dimmer compared to S II,showing that GNex’s screen is quite different.:


    Back to the point,it’s true latest nexus phones are based on something else so it’s probable that if LG makes it,it’ll be 5.2 inch.HOWEVER what you say is if it IS made by LG,
    Yes its true,Korea Times said LG would make it,but LG Mobile European VP said the exact opposite and it was more recent(and more official)(then they said it was ‘misinterpreted’)

    And today,androidandme(yeah not the most reputable source,I DO remember project roadrunner and stuff),said Motorola would make the next nexus(which probably isn’t true),I just want to say that no one really knows,its just a guess or at best analyze but there is no fact.
    I will find it quite hypocritical if they choose something other than 4.7 though,to say 4.7 is best in Moto X event and then backtrack is ridiculous.

  2. No, the author is ignorant of Nexus phone history. The Galaxy Nexus is NOT 4.7″ — I own two. It’s 4.65″ 720p. Samsung made it for Google in the middle of the Galaxy SII and Galaxy SIII model years. It was sort of Galaxy S 2.5. 🙂 The 4.65 was in between the T-mobile SII 4.52″ and the SIII’s 4.8″. Nothing more than that.

    The LG Nexus 4 is exactly the same screen as the LG Optimus G it was based on. Nothing more than that.

    The Nexus 5 will have the same display as the LG G2: 1080p, 5.2″

  3. Actually I think Author nailed it,Google released Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 AND more importantly Moto X with a 4.7inch screen,they also showed that they do not increase screen size and tout it as a feature like samsung with the new Nexus 7(and again Moto X)
    So I guess next Nexus phone’s screen size will remain 4.7 inches.

  4. the nexus 4 screen size was the same size as the LG G last year. And the Nexus 5 will be the same size as this year’s G2. Because it will be made by LG.

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