Oct 03 AT 6:32 PM Taylor Wimberly 103 Comments

Rumor: Nexus program to see “huge changes”, LG Optimus G Nexus coming in November

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WARNING: This post contains rumors and speculation from Android Insiders. If you do not want to know about the next Nexus device then do not read this story and unplug from the Internets. You have been warned — the goods are after the jump.

The Rumor

Google will formally introduce Android 4.2 in November at a co-event with LG where they will announce the “LG Optimus G Nexus”. As previously reported, the whole flagship smartphone concept for the Nexus program is a thing of the past. Any manufacturer can release phones as part of the Nexus program, but they must adhere to strict standards.

In order to qualify for the Nexus program handset manufacturers must use stock Android and 64 MB of secure memory for media streaming. Custom UI skins will be allowed as part of a new “customization center”. There are additional hardware requirements that are needed to make sure the devices will support Android 5.0, which is scheduled to arrive by fall 2013.

The Source

This tip came from a regular source who has provided accurate information in the past. As with most people that hand over sensitive information, they wish to remain anonymous.

One Android Insider’s take on the rumor

I enjoy these rumor reports because I am genuinely passionate about the products and services that I am writing about. Some people complained in the past that the actual rumors and my speculation were mixed together, so that’s why we switched to this current format. We know that not all the details provided to us will always be 100% correct, but we still share them so that others can help piece together the puzzle of Google’s next big Android announcement.

For the last several weeks we have been reporting that LG will produce a Nexus smartphone, and now we are confident in those predictions. Four separate sources have confirmed this rumor, with the latest one saying the actual product name is “LG Optimus G Nexus”.

If you want an idea of what the LG Optimus G Nexus specs will look like, check out our previous article 5 reasons your next smartphone might be from LG.

Just this weekend I wrote that the next Nexus and next version of Android would be revealed in the “next 30 days”, and this latest information contradicts some of those details. We are now told that Andy Rubin will likely talk about the Nexus program at the AllThingsD: Dive into Mobile conference at the end of October, but the official product announcement for the LG Optimus G Nexus will be made in early November.

The concept of multiple Nexus devices was first introduced back in May by the Wall St. Journal.

Amir Efrati wrote, “Google plans to give multiple mobile-device makers early access to new releases of Android and to sell those devices directly to consumers. Now Google will work with as many as five manufacturers at a time to create a portfolio of ‘Nexus’ lead devices that include smartphones and tablets. The devices will run on Google’s forthcoming version of Android called Jelly Bean, and it hopes to have the full portfolio of devices ready for sale by Thanksgiving.”

There could still be additional Nexus devices coming soon, like the rumored Galaxy Nexus 2, but the only one I know of first-hand is the LG Optimus G Nexus.

I have also received conflicting information about Android 4.2 being referred to Jelly Bean or Key Lime Pie. We know there is an Android version 4.2 as we have seen it in our server logs, but I don’t think it really matters if the release is called Jelly Bean or Key Lime Pie.

From what we are hearing, Android 4.2 is a rather small update. It includes improved power management, a new version of the Google Play store, some new features geared towards the Nexus program, and lays some groundwork for Android 5.0. We are told the UI is basically the same as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but the homescreens are now shown as tabs.

Probably the most interesting feature of Android 4.2 is this so-called “customization center.” We speculated that Google would introduce some kind of official theme manager back with the Android 4.0 release last year, but it never appeared. If Google implements this feature like we think, it should allow users to choose between the stock Android experience or a more customized skin from the manufacturer.

Hopefully more details will be appearing soon. The last rumor report said Google would reveal a new Nexus phone this month and that could still be true if it was referring to a device other than the LG Optimus G Nexus.

If we dig up any additional details, we will surely update this post. Please contact us if you have something to share.

Update: Someone sent us their hands-on report of the LG Optimus G Nexus.

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I’m stoked about this Customization Center!!! Less stoked about the name “LG Optimus G Nexus” – that’s quite the mouthful. :-P

    • jamal adam

      Maybe they should call it Nexus OG lol

      • Bpear96

        or LG Optimus Nexus, like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

        This sounds sweettt!! thought, every flagship android phone should be a nexus with this program, no need for them not to be. Fast android updates for all may be coming soon!! Really hope this rumor is true, Google needed to do something like this.

        • R.S

          Sign me up for an LG Optimus Nexus!

          • supercopter

            “Nexus G” would be more than enough for me. “LG Nexus G” would also work but anything with more than 3 strings of characters is stupid IMHO.

        • aranea

          What i’m kind of afraid after reading this article is that it sounds like google will leave the update process to the manufacturers. Though it has to be stock android if it is up to the manufacturers updates will be slow. I mean look at Verizon’s galaxy nexus. It gets updates months after the release of the new version. I think it’s a big mistake from google if this turns out to be the case. Appeal of Nexus will diminish significantly.

      • rpras

        Just don’t call it the Nexus “LOG.” :-)

      • NotRelevent

        Or the OG Nexus :P

      • Hom0ncruse

        final nail in the coffin for nexus

        • kazahani

          I love how that doesn’t even make any sense at all.

          You’ve stopped trying, haven’t you?

    • Ardrid

      I’m the opposite. I’m completely against the Customization Center, unless, and it’s a big unless, the Center simply gives the user the option of using/choosing a skin for their device. What I don’t want to see is stock Android go by the wayside, which is what this article seems to suggest.

      • Bpear96

        It sounds to me like android 4.2 will have somewhat of a theme/skin center, and manufactures can include there skin in there. For example HTC could include a Sense skin in the customization center, and it applies a Sense theme, and maybe there launcher and apps.

        • Defiantbeast

          My god this would be a dream come true. The ability to choose between stock or which Ui skin i want is the only thing that has kept me from jumping on a Galaxy s3. It has great specs but i HATE Touchcrap.

      • Dags -

        My guess is that it will be compulsory to include the stock Android theme in addition to any custom themes in a Nexus device. If it’s successful, then all mid-and-high-end phones might eventually be released as Nexus phones and manufacturers should be able to push out updates much faster by separating the skin from the base OS (which will only need slight tweaking from AOSP). I see it as a solution to the fragmentation problem without Google having to take a big stick to manufacturers.

        • NotRelevent

          It’s already required as of Android 4.0 for device makers to include the stock theme. They just don’t have use it by default.

        • Dave

          The “fragmentation problem” (more accurately called the legacy problem) isn’t something that the manufacturers need help solving. The problem IS the manufacturers. The solution is to take responsibility for updates out of their hands. That is what made the Nexus program worthwhile.

          Samsung proved this over the last year with their non-yakju/takju Galaxy Nexus models. Even though their software had no visible differences at all, their releases still trained Google’s by months. Many people outside the US were fooled into thinking they were buying Google-level support, only to end up stuck on 4.0.1 until just a few weeks ago. Google never should have allowed that — it did serious damage to the Nexus brand.

          Now it’s sounds like they’re ready to make the mistake even bigger. I predict many broken promises, months and months of delays, and millions upon millions of unsatisfied customers.

          I will be watching with sadness from the sidelines. I will never buy an Android phone that doesn’t get its software directly from Google.

      • rpras

        I also tend to think that the Customization Center is unnecessary unless of course that is the carrot Google needed to get the manufacturers to sign up.

      • jamal adam

        I think that the point of the customization center is to give users the options they seek but it all comes down to the fact that at the end of the day, to be considered a Nexus device means that it must be using stock Android. From this perspective, I think that the customization center is a great idea.

      • leganzish

        I’m with you Ardrid. It has me a bit concerned. Especially when you consider all of the stock apps that the manufacturers often tweak or replace all together. Does this customization center mean that we’ll be able to turn touchwiz on and off, but there will be both a stock and manufacturer version of clock, calendar, etc. If that’s the case and Google keeps limiting storage to 16GB with dual apps installed, then no thanks.

        Plus, if I wanted LG’s skin, I’d just buy the LG Optimus G not a Nexus version.

    • dilharo

      Sammy going to another galaxy to find an Alien Nexus

    • Richard Yarrell uses Android

      LG Floptimus Nexus

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse
  • Brian

    If I wanted a SKIN I’d buy the non-nexus device in the first place. Also, in this day and age with JellyBean – I don’t care if its got a 6core processor and 71mp camera. It’s time these manufactures start putting forth effort in making quality, top notch hardware. Nokia WindowsPhones are looking excellent as well as the iPhone 5 design.

    • Ardrid

      Well said. There’s not a single point I disagree with. While it’s true that hardware should keep evolving, I fail to believe we’re not at the point where every top end device released today isn’t capable of running Android 5.0, 6.0, etc, much like the majority of PCs released in the last 3 years have no issue running Vista, Win7, and Win8. I’d much rather the focus be on high quality industrial design rather than chasing specs a la the MHz/GHz race of the late 90s.

    • Neejay

      But a SKIN is just that, a skin. Non-nexus devices include different frameworks, and usually proprietary crap as well. I honestly don’t see anything wrong with offering different SKINS (assuming the user can switch at will) as long as that’s ALL they are, with no underlying manufacturer/carrier crap placed in there.

  • teecruz

    to be quite honest, this all seems like a big headache. how do they plan on marketing this?

    multiple devices announced on their manufacturers timing? seems more like FAIL and less like Nexus.

    that being said, each manufacturer’s device will of course have different specs. unless they each release top of their [own] line hardware, I see this still only being seen as a good thing for one out of the five nexus devices. the superior being the winner.

    that so takes away from Nexus line as a brand. this free for all better at least be well managed by Google’s Android team and engineers. otherwise, what are we cooking here? potluck.

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      Yeah, this screams “diluted” to me. I really hope we don’t start seeing *every* flagship manufacturer phone marketed as a Nexus-something.

  • jamal adam

    Oh Mother of all things Delicious!! I would like to know what those strict standards for the Nexus are and I think that a customization center is a brilliant idea, that way we can all have what we want whether it is pure Android or a little custom UI. This looks to be a nice move forward. This is quite a lot to take in and digest but my stomach is ready for it.

  • redraider133

    I will be interested to see how this actually pans out. Def going to keep an eye out.

  • AndroidFan

    Ugh…ALLOWING custom skins on the Nexus line? I really hope that isn’t true. Google needs to stop bending over and letting the carriers/manufacturers do whatever they want to Android.

    • noneabove

      not skins, themes, it’s different, they’ll be purely cosmetic and not famework so that you can change between vanilla and skinned :) i like the idea!

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      The theming is no different than installing Go Launcher and applying a different theme. It’s a Good Thing (TM) overall, hopefully. The biggest reason for lack of software updates in the past has been due to manufacturer skins, and with any luck, this will finally solve that problem.

      Sorry, I got a little optimistic there. It won’t happen again.

  • Mix

    I am all over this if it is true!

    It almost sounds like users will be able to choose if they want to rock vanilla Android or other custom skins….which would be pretty darn cool!

    • Neejay

      I agree. I know a lot of people actually like the UI of some OE companies, but hate all the extra BS that comes with it. So allowing just the skin would be just fine and appease the masses

      • Ardrid

        I would agree with you assuming that were the case. The problem is we’re not given much information with this rumor. The way I read it seems to suggest that carriers will now be able to slap custom Uis on to Nexus devices, but there’s no clarification on whether the user will be able to opt out of that customization.

        Having a Customization Center would seem to suggest that there will be a collection of manufacturer skins for a user to choose from, which would be a nice feature to have for those who like the look of Sense, TouchWiz, etc. over stock Android. If that’s the case, that is that these devices will ship with stock Android and give users the option to overlay the skin of their choice via the Customization Center, without impacting the update process or core OS functionality, then I think that’s a great idea to enable mass appeal. Again, the problem is the lack of information at this point.

        • jamal adam

          I think this might help to clarify your the issue about carriers placing custom UI’s:

          “In order to qualify for the Nexus program handset manufacturers must use stock Android and 64 MB of secure memory for media streaming.”

          • Ardrid

            Thanks. Somehow I missed that piece when I first read it. I recall the 64MB of secure memory but completely missed that stock Android was a requirement. That certainly clears up my concerns with the Customization Center. All in all, I’m for this rumor at this point and can’t wait to get my hands on the Optimus G Nexus.

  • seven2k

    WOW…mind blown!!

    • 7th guest

      Indeed, this could be the downfall for Android. Its so confusing. We dont want more bugs and fragmentation.

  • Neejay

    I’d guesstimate the name “LG Optimus Nexus” / “Optimus Nexus”

  • diordna

    Can’t understand why people are complaining about Google giving you a “choice” to use a skin if you want to. You can still use stock android if you want. Google has always been an experimental group, every idea they come up with won’t be gold. Maybe the custom skin center may be an experiment that may be implemented with all Android devices, at a later time, to help with fragmentation. As long as it is optional for the user choice is always good.

    • Kimbo

      This is how I read it as well – that it’s an optional thing. More options are never a bad thing, so long as it’s a choice. I’m pretty excited to see what comes along.

      • diordna

        I’m excited to see how this turns out as well. Being part of the open source community means keeping an open mind to change.

  • t0dbld

    1. If this is true than they are diluting the Nexus name a little in order to shift everyone to using stock android and than the customization center. If they managed this than updates to latest android version will be a much clearer path.

    2. If this is true I would assume that a requirement ESP after the Vz GN fiasco will be binaries made open. This would also be a great bonus for community as it would give devs a plethora of easy to work on easy to fix devices.

    • Elvis Presley

      Ohohoh another round of added fragmentation (fiasco)…..android sheeps still will call it ‘choice’

      • walker

        We would rather have choice than restrictions.

        In consideration that every generation of iphones, ipads and itouchs doesn’t.

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

        As opposed to your hidden iOS fragmentation? http://www.bgr.com/2012/06/12/apple-ios-fragmentation-iphone/

        Just because every device is running the same version number doesn’t mean you have all the same features. That’s even worse fragmentation. At least with Android, we have a good idea of what is missing or added based on OS version number and manufacturer skin.

  • rpras

    There are two things I don’t like about this new Nexus program if indeed it turns out the way this article reports. Release of Nexus devices will be staggered with resulting uncertainty in trying to decide which one you want. Also, while getting updates, we’ll have to deal with two – Google (for core Android) and the Manufacturers’ (for the UI) with no guarantee that the second will arrive timely.

    That said, I won’t even look at the UIs, so maybe this won’t be an issue. Perhaps, as always, the devil is in the details.

    I don’t think there’s much chance of dilution of the Nexus brand though. Ones that are not popular/well executed should die quietly.

    • hector

      Opening to any manufacturer means Google won’t be able to build roms for every and each device, so be ready for random update delays and device-specific bugs.

      Definitely, NOT welcome.

    • hector

      oh, sorry, didn’t mean to reply :(

  • AMorel

    My question is how much longer will a customized center DELAY receiving the latest android update??? Will updates still come directly from Google or do manufacturers’ have to dig in there to update skins which would further delay the point of having a Nexus.

    • Elvis Presley

      Since LG is part of this, updates will arrive ‘very soon’, which ultimately means they never come!

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

        It’s not LG’s fault. They’re a South Korean company, and it’s probably a translation issue. What they *meant* to say was “updates will arrive after the heat death of the universe”. Language subtleties, you know.

      • Graham Steffaniak

        But thats the thing, historically google controls nexus device updates.

  • Kimbo

    I think this all sounds pretty good – with the caveat that updates come from Google, and not from the manufacturers or carriers.

  • Bob

    Taylor where do you get these information from? Is it from manufacturers or inside Google sources?

  • Mike

    I’m not sure why people are down about this…I would assume its the usual “ZOMG NO CUSTOM SKINS” crowd. This sounds awesome if Google is able to execute this. First things first, you have to accept that custom skins aren’t going anywhere. Manufacturers want some way to distinguish their product. Vanilla Android doesn’t allow for that.

    It seems like Google is going to use expansion of the Nexus program to get greater control over Android as a whole. If every manufacturer is able to release Nexus phones on their own schedule, with the option for the manufacturer to use their own customizations, that would also allow Google to take over phone software updates on a much larger scale–one of the major sticking points to the ecosystem.

    Could there be a day where most phones sold are a Nexus?

  • BigCiX

    I rather see LG makeing the Nexus then Samsug

  • jian9007

    Let’s all take a breath here. None of us know for sure exactly how the customization center will work. Will it be up to us to install it if we desire, or will it be included on the phone with no way to disable/uninstall it? Will it be a download like a theme, game, or app would be? No idea. The one thing that we do assume (based on the previous Nexii and this latest rumor) is that each phone will still have to meet certain requirements to be a Nexus phone.

    I like the idea of having multiple Nexus phones to choose from. It allows OEM’s like LG, that may want to sell their higher-end phones to more people, to make a Nexus phone to sell unlocked. It also allows other manufacturers to release a mildly incrementally updated Nexus (I’m staring at you Samsung, and your rumored i9260 phone) for others, which may be offered at a lower price. I highly doubt after the success of the Nexus 7, that Google wants to water down the Nexus brand as far as updates and quality goes.

    I also believe that Google will make sure that any custom UI’s have to be updated to support each new version of Android so that updates are not delayed. They know that Nexus means updates first and from Google, and to do away with that would be a bad business decision for them. Keep the updates coming Taylor. We’re all ready for more Nexus news, speculation, opinion, and rumors.

  • Gsizzle

    Not buying a LG nexus phone.

    /rant

  • Orion78

    BS. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Nathan D.

    Can’t wait to see this years nexuses devices (hopefully there more then one) and the 4.2 update and how will it look, even the little things. I’m so stoked for this years nexus pprogram

  • TheDave

    Really like the idea of devices being Nexus certified. THIS will cause all flagship devices to seek that certification from Google (S3, OneX, etc) and may actually give Google the ability get updates out faster. Skinned UIs in the form of a customization center might not get updates the same as the core vanilla Android.

    Can’t wait to see what Rubin has to tel, us about it. Sounds exciting.

  • peekay5000

    The way I see this is that the custom UI skin would sit on top of the core Android OS allowing Google to push updates to the core OS and, assuming there are no major changes to the UI, the existing skin would just ‘fit’ without the need to change them, thus effectively cutting out the manufacturers’ role in the Android update process. (At least for Incremental updates )

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    So Htc (preferably) with latest android updates, amazing specs, and sense 4 without altering update sequence? Sign me up Googleand htc/lg, I’m down. Google finally stepped up and took control (based on rumors lol), telling them requirements and no skins forced upon the user. I love sense, but prefer getting updates first. If I could have both, plus those rumored HTC specs, I’ll die.

  • Nate B.

    I have to say I love the reading rumors on Androidandme. Definitely one of my favorite sites to come to period. Also, I love this rumor story here. This can be what Android needs to be honest. I know the software can be taken care of, but I hope the design is really really unique. Premium material and something iconic to stick to. I mean even if they keep the same design with the curve look, they can still use different material. Bring edge to edge or something. Well, we all will see soon. Excited :-)

  • IVAN BENJUMEA

    I think this is great. My interpretation is that there will be perhaps a pre-loaded “customization-center” or maybe we download it through the Play Store. From there, we can download the manufacturer’s separate UI skin. I think Google will always keep their UI up to date with the latest Android release, hence the Nexus name. While the other manufacturer will still take long at updating their UI to the latest Android release. I don’t however think, this will affect the timing in which we receive the latest Android release from Google and their UI. I don’t understand why people are reacting negatively over this. This is giving us nothing more than OPTIONS. Which is what Android is all about. As for some of you being upset that LG is the rumored manufacturer, I don’t see why not. I’m sure Google will make sure its a wonderful device that will please us all. And if it doesn’t, there’s rumored multiple Nexus devices coming from different manufacturers. OPTIONS PEOPLE. Don’t worry. Google knows what they’re doing.

  • Lemon

    “Probably the most interesting feature of Android 4.2 is this so-called “customization center.” We speculated that Google would introduce some kind of official theme manager back with the Android 4.0 release last year, but it never appeared. If Google implements this feature like we think, it should allow users to choose between the stock Android experience or a more customized skin from the manufacturer.”

    Google should have done this in the beginning, but better late than never. I am happy that will be happening and hopefully soon : )

    No more custom UI to create more fragmentation :-)

  • sunrise

    Sorry Taylor Wimberly, but I take your rumors and your supposed knowledge from “insiders” who wish to remain anonymous, with a grain of salt.

    Do these anonymous “insiders” even exist, or do you make up the rumors to draw traffic?

    Back in February you wrote about another rumor, as you stated, “from a number of trusted sources who wish to remain anonymous.” Those rumors were related to an updated HTC One X coming to T-Mobile by summer with a quad-core Tegra-3, STOCK Android 4.0 and branded as the T-Mobile G4x.

    Well summer came and went. T-Mobile didn’t get a HTC One X branded as the G4X with stock Android by that time frame, despite your stated claim, “a third unnamed source who told me the quad-core HTC One X was surely coming to T-Mobile.” I know rumors are just rumors, but I think it’s either time to find more reliable unnamed annoymous sources, or be more careful when you throw out random rumors into the Android world.

    That rumor was stated way back in February
    http://androidandme.com/2012/02/smartphones-2/rumor-htc-one-x-to-sprint-with-lte-t-mobile-to-get-stock-android-4-0-and-quad-core-cpu/

    We may surely end up seeing an updated HTC One X, but nearly a year later now, wouldn’t that be expected?

    Anyway, maybe you should just come out and say your rumor from February was wrong and it might give credit to future rumors from this site.

    • Wunako

      well not that im dick riding or anything but the HTC One X+ pretty much lined up with what his sources said QuadCore 4+1 on a phone that was a beefed up HTC One X. also a few days ago a picture leaked showing the One X+ with a TMo branding, now theres no way of telling if it had stock or sense+ but its there. Trust me im disappointed as hell with HTC going with AT&T with the exclusivity (Nothing wrong with my One S but maaan i had my eye on the X from day 1) because it would be a hell of a jump from G1 and G2. it just so happens that T-Mobile scratched the plans for it :( whether it was because of battery/software issues, or the windows phone for what ever reason.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      As mentioned above, everything in that report was true at the time I wrote it. Based on recent evidence it appears Tmobile pulled the plug on it. Blame AT&T for paying for an exclusive.

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      I’m sorry, but you’re out of line. I don’t think Android and Me needs to falsify rumors to drum up traffic, and that accusation is incredulous and insulting to journalistic integrity.

      Rumors aren’t always 100% correct – Taylor says so in each report. Just because one detail was wrong doesn’t invalidate the whole thing.

  • Wunako

    i wasnt sold on the Optimus G until i saw those videos they put up a few wks ago. This would be pretty cool to see in action and i can only imagine how project butter would fly and feel on that screen. im glad they’re going for someone other then samsung too, nothing against them since i’ve put those behold2 days behind me but i feel like someone else should take a shot

  • Andrew

    AOSP may be taking a leaf out of Cyanogenmod’s book with that customization center/theme manager.

  • Romney a$$hole (hates 47% of all americans + Obama)

    Taylor has been pranked!

  • hector

    Opening to any manufacturer means Google won’t be able to build roms for every and each device, so be ready for random update delays and device-specific bugs.

    Definitely, NOT welcome.

    • DSaif

      Theme (Skin) & OS will be separate so it won’t interfere with updates

      • hector

        It will if the ones building the rom are the manufacturers. That’s my concern.

  • Hershell Tidwell

    I’m happy as long as the headphone jack is on the bottom.

  • nateDoggy

    I just want the nexus that’s going to be upgraded to Key lime on day one

  • Hadoob024

    I know my next phone will be a Nexus which is the only way to guarantee timely updates. However, I got burned by the LG G2x, so there’s NO WAY I will be buying an LG phone anytime soon. Guess I’ll have to wait for another Nexus device .

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      Agreed. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. And my G2x has already shamed me enough after I recommended it to several friends shortly after release.

  • yankeesusa

    So, my question is, should i get the next nexus phone or the galaxy note 2? I hate it when such great phones come out around the same time.

  • walker

    It’s a great opportunity to attract more people into using Android, especially people who acknowledge the importance of software as there stats say that 60% of iphone users have iOS6 in contrast to a combined percentage of roughly 25% of ICS and JB users. Just hope the manufacturers don’t get reckless with the hardware.

    Otherwise, it’s not a bad decision. Custom themes don’t matter to me just as long they don’t ruin the vanilla experience.

    Looking forward to getting a Nexus. :)

  • SoCoolCurt

    If it gives us more Nexus, I’m all for it. I prefer stock, especially since ICS, to any skin and if they can give us more of that on more devices, I say it’s about time. I just hope these devices would be just as easy to root and rom as past Nexus’. and as someone who frequents sites like mycolorscreen.com, the customization center would be nice too if it’s exploitable to run custom themes more easily without all the tedious set up required now.

  • SGB101

    The only issue is see is, the whole reason of buying a nexus is that that is Google test bed device, so as soon as an update is avaliable it can be pushed to said nexus devices.

    I was planing on getting the next nexus, not sure now, I wonder if Google will openly talk about the nexus they have adopted.

  • hxandroid

    Would this not be the perfect time to call it the Optimus Prime Nexus?!?!?! Seriously.

  • AnthonyRyan

    im kinda different i kinda dont want LG to make the next nexus but just maybe if its up to its expectations i’ll just have to pick that up or the Galaxy Note 2 those are my only two options a nexus or note 2 …

  • skyflakes

    Happy if Samsung wont be making the next Nexus – they have underpowered it in the past so it would not compete with their flagship. Still hoping for HTC though.

  • Kyle Miller

    “There are additional hardware requirements that are needed to make sure the devices will support Android 5.0, which is scheduled to arrive by fall 2013.”

    What does this mean? Every phone released today and most of 2013 won’t be able to get Android 5.0 because of inadequate hardware?! What are they working on that current phones, which are very powerful, and handle Android 5? Holographic phone calls?

    I hope multi-user profiles shows up in 4.2.

  • jei

    I stick to my idea allowing multiple manufactures to produce Nexus devices.

    I think they should all be branded Nexus *** this will show of the Nexus brand (i.e. Google) and then the manufacturer brands, like Nexus Optimus, Nexus Galaxy :O, Nexus X, Nexus Experia, Nexus Atrix (ok just making fun here) and so forth. I think that will create a clear difference between the Nexus brand and the manufacturer brand and it will be a little less confusing. Also i think that putting the manufacturer in front of the name just becomes silly, let the brand become recognize don’t change it every 3 months, allow people to recognize your brand, example now every one know that the Galaxy brand is from LG err… i mean Samsung :) and i am pretty sure everyone knows Xperia, well at least everyone in this site :D

    In any case i think a 2 word name is the most the phone should have.

  • OnIn2

    What in the World Wide Name of Android has LG done to impress Google that they should manufacture a Nexas device.

    I’m guessing LG doesn’t know that it’s not supposed to be a GingerBread device upon release.

    I’m vanilla Android G2x waiting on a ICS update. Hmm. I guess past performance doesn’t count

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      “I’m guessing LG doesn’t know that it’s not supposed to be a GingerBread device upon release.”

      ^^ This.

      Has LG even updated their AOSP checkout recently? I mean, they DO know that Android has released a few versions since Gingerbread, yes?

      • OnIn2

        If you’re listening for a LG update, expect to only hear **crickets**

  • Julius C

    I am literally depressed that the rumours about the possible Xperia Nexus faded – could’ve been a great phone. LG is such a turn-off for me. :(

  • asrifaris

    Last time only one Nexus per year and Nexus lineup was an exclusive Android device at that time..but in the future (if Google allow the multiple Nexus programme) Nexus will be everywhere like the Galaxy lineup that make me so sick…let the manufacturer take turns every year to announce the great Nexus…

  • Rick

    Intriguing idea..google can finally rectify the nonsense of these skins..i welcome anything nexus

  • disassembler

    If the rumors about Android 4.2 turn out to be true, it’ll be interesting to see what “tabbed” homescreens look like. If it ends up looking ugly, then it would probably be the only time I would use an alternate launcher on top of vanilla Android.

  • smacsteve

    I love the Nexus devices and I currently own the Galaxy Nexus for HSPA+. I would welcome a Motorola Nexus or another HTC Nexus, but I have no interest in an LG device. They make crap and would not consider it.

  • RobBull75

    The customization center is long overdue. This is the way OEMs SHOULD have been doing it from the beginning. The only drawback I see is that updates could be delayed because of the garbage in the customization center needing to be updated to be compatible with newer versions of Android.

  • theandroidmaniac
  • andresgalvan98

    This might be good. I’ve wanted a Galaxy Nexus forever because of the Nexus & JB features, but I can’t live without HTC Sense. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Nexus 7′s stock experience, but I couldn’t live with it on my phone. I just wouldn’t want the Nexus line to get like this…

  • joe

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    THIS PHONE IS MADE WITH CHEMICALS TO CAUSE CANCER, WASH YOUR HANDS AND YOUR EARS AFTER USED.

    THANK YOU