Oct 04 AT 10:47 AM Taylor Wimberly 104 Comments

First hands-on report of the LG Optimus G Nexus


Multiple sources have told us LG is working on a Nexus phone, and today we received the first hands-on report of the device. The source claims he is not a Google employee, but apparently he has access to one who says the devices were handed out last week for testing. Read his story after the jump.

“I can confirm the next nexus is LG Optimus based. The phone looks surprisingly like the Galaxy Nexus and does not have sharp corners like the LG Optimus we already know. It has a silver’ring like the iPhone 3G around the outer edge of the screen which seemed to be similar to the Galaxy Nexus in size but was much better in brightness.

I couldn’t have said if it was larger in the few minutes that I had the phone. Also, it has Nexus written on the back like the Nexus 7 except there is a color element to it. The ‘X’ is in four colors. There was also the LG logo on the back.

Android 4.2 in its current state looked exactly like the 4.1.1 we love. There were no tabs on that build version for home-screens as you suggested from your other tipster. What I was 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. It still had the hodge-podge mess of multiple communication tools: Messenger, GTalk, Voice and SMS.”

We were also sent a picture taken with the device, but we are unable to share it due to the nature of the photo. When we examined the EXIF data, we found the camera module was 8 megapixels. The LG Optimus G comes in two versions, one with 13 MP camera and another with 8 MP, so the Nexus model could feature the latter.

Googlers don’t traditional leak information on company products, but if these devices are in the wild then we can expect more details to be coming soon. For a better idea of what the LG Optimus G Nexus might include check out our post 5 reasons your next smartphone might be from LG and watch this hands-on video of the Optimus G.

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

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • co.ag.2005

    Can’t wait to give it a go! Also, I kind of like the idea of the X in nexus being the 4 colors in the Jelly Bean AOSP boot animation.

    • co.ag.2005

      I agree! I love the idea of Nexus (especially with a “customization center”) and multiple nexus devices from multiple manufacturers.

      • jamal adam

        When companies listen to us consumers it is a win-win situation. I can’t wait for what lies ahead for us consumers, the more Google listens and implements changes that are for the benefit of everyone.

      • NeoJesus

        Is Google listening? For how many generations have they skipped out on removable microSD storage?

        I care not for cloud storage.

    • Emma

      My new iPhone 5 looks much better. Moreover, i installed the passbook app which is fantastic, starbucks works! My friend Laura told me the android company doesnt have the technology for passbook.
      Im glad i bought the iphone.

      • irishrally

        Thanks for sharing.

      • Darkseider

        I am guessing your friend Laura wears a helmet to bed and licks the car windows on long rides? You might want to check out the term NFC and Google Wallet. Then notice that NFC is missing from the iPhone 5. So umm… no.

      • mike jones

        Lol Iphone 5 doesnt even have NFC. I just used my Nexus to to pay for my groceries, a PS3 game, gas and some stuff at GNC today. Have fun with ummm passport hahaha. Oh yeah and have fun with 640p and 4″ rofl

      • walker

        No one has seen the final products of the new Nexus line. You are judging a book before even seeing its cover. It’s sad to see you locked down to such narrow options based on 2 apps.

        Not everyone is Starbucks obsessed.

      • walker

        No one has seen the final products of the new Nexus line. You are judging a book before even seeing its cover. It’s sad to see you locked down to such narrow options based on 2 apps. Highly suggest everyone else not to.

        Not everyone is Starbucks obsessed.

      • frankenberry

        Go shove your iPhone up your ass and see if your obsolete maps works better.

      • someGuy()

        You’ve done a great job, Troll!

        Come here! Daddy will shove some iDevices up your silly as*!

      • Corey

        No one cares.

      • jamal adam

        Sorry to say but your post is invalid and Laura is feeding you lies because she does not know what in the world she’s talking about. Get back to us, Android fans, when the iPhone gets NFC but by then we’ll be light years ahead of Apple and you’ll still be posting these useless comments to try and make yourself feel better about Apple.

    • Dr.Carpy

      I agree as well! I been prying like I’m sure many others have been as well that Google would create the Nexus into premiere division, that would also offer the Pure Google experience without the bloat of the carriers.

    • Fexus Naggot

      This phone looks hideous.


    • Ray

      “from your mouth to gods ears”

  • uzunoff

    Wow, that didn’t take long at all

    • Southrncomfortjm

      That’s what she said.

  • Paul

    Very nice hope is not as massive as the S3, I dont care about the megapixel but I do hope it can take photos as good or better then the One X & S 3 in low light????

  • Foo Joon Sunn

    Would love to know if the curved glass display is passed on to this new Nexus.

    • J3R3MY_H

      Also what material and texture is on the back of the phone.

  • pharmacoholic

    Now this feels like a pretty Nexus launch season. The radio silence before this week was deafening

    • vforvortex

      I was just going to buy the next nexus phone this year. Now I will have to decide which Nexus device is the best between oems. more decisions. :)

  • nmoline

    Topless Duck Face taken in a bathroom mirror

    • Ismael Rodriguez

      Sounds fine to me. That seems to be the norm for cell phone pics these days. Besides, I can always use a new one to blowup for target practice.

    • Tangent

      Lol, perfect!

  • hector

    How was the pic’s quality?

  • elooie

    Like I mentioned last week. I saw what this guy was talking about on the bus a week ago here in SF. It looks dope and all black with the Silver ring around the edges.

    • Bob

      Apparently what you told me is true the device and everything confirms with the quick app switching and even similarity between the optimus nexus and the galaxy nexus.

      • elooie

        yeah, I dont normally comment about that kind of stuff unless its true. I’d understand why everyone would be doubtful. It is the internet but.. yeah.. its a dope phone.

        • DrTom

          I was about to mention that “elooie” probably saw the exact same device earlier, but of course you are watching this site closely and did it before me ;-)
          Nice spot, you were probably the first non-googler to saw it ^^

  • jdog25

    Well that escalated quickly

  • h0ruza

    Excellent! Hopefully this will bring the other Nexus phones out of the wood work. Woo Hoo!!!

  • Bob

    Was the screen edge to edge with software keys?

    • Nate B.

      I would cradle this phone if it does

  • Mix

    Awesome news!

    I hope the other specs of the phone closely mimic the LG Optimus G, quad core and 2g ram would make for sexy times!

    • Nate B.

      Forget closely. It should mimic exact if not better.

      • Mix

        Yeah, that would be the best case scenario for sure!

    • vforvortex

      I hope so too. although, Nexus phones sometimes tend to go with more modest specs to be priced around the $350 unlocked range. so we will have to wait and see.

  • Nate B.

    Taylor, your probably not getting any sleep with news popping up like this. The ink isn’t even dry yet.

    • Taylor

      My name is Taylor and this post really confused me for a minute

  • Ardrid

    I’m intrigued by what this device will ultimately look like. I was envisioning the exact design of the LG Optimus G, just with Nexus & Google branding on the back. It’s interesting that LG might be making a custom design for the Nexus. Can’t wait for this to all be revealed.

    • RX-78-7

      Same here, though I really wanted the Optimus g design. I’ve read that it’s got a great quality build with the glass finish on the back.

  • Bob

    I wonder what the price of this would be on the play store?

  • Jmo

    This is pretty exciting stuff. I can’t wait to see what it looks like!

  • heat361

    If it the optimus nexus is in the testing stage look for it to be unveiled soon with it shipping in nivember

    • heat361


  • auronblue

    I’ll be happy if this has the same form factor as the Galaxy Nexus as mentioned. I really like how clean that design is.

  • yankeesusa

    I can’t wait to see it. Only problem is that I have my eye set on the note 2 and since I have to upgrade by end of december or I loose my upgrade I doubt it this phone will be released before then. If it is then I have an even tougher choice although the note 2 and its features really have me drooling over it. Since the nexus phone won’t have those ui features I will most likely choose the note 2.

  • phyb33r

    i can’t wait to see it!!! i need a new phone desperately and i’m waiting for the new nexus

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    I want to are a picture, that nexus colored x sounds really cool

    • Alexander drzfr3shboialex


  • RX-78-7

    I was hoping for an Optimus G design with nexus branding. Not a fan of the rounded look of the Gnex.

  • seven2k

    OMG!! You guess are making week!! What else can you say about the picture? Give us something PLEEEEEASE!!

  • Orion78

    A colored Nexus logo on the back? Awesome! Looking forward to the other Nexus devices.

  • Mahesh

    Why our Android forum is suddenly looking like a iPhone forum…hoo haaaa.. awwwwwwwwww.. wow..nice.. etc.. come on guys it is just a mobile from Google.. that was my Techie side conscience.. Bring it on Google ,, dreaming to play with this little beast soon..

  • g_patrick15

    News will start rolling in as the days go by. Can’t wait to hear (and hopefully SEE) more news in the coming days. My Galaxy Nexus is great, but I’ve just got that “new phone” itch that only a new Nexus could scratch.

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    My thoughts exactly. We all know it was a picture of the tipster’s junk.

    • josh

      me thinks Tobias Funke may have had something to do with the leaked photo :)

      • jonathan

        I just blue myself.

        hey is that arrested development movie ever coming out? I keep hearing rumors like every year, but still no movie… and uh, I think it would be great if the arrested development movie features several Nexus devices (on topic!).

  • MoSDeeb

    I’m hoping for a new design and not a look a like of the Galaxy Nexus. I still enjoy the galaxy nexus, but a more symmetrically flat design would work for me. I love minimal design.,

  • Bandoba

    I would like to know if this new Nexus is going to have some kind of indicator for e-mail/text/whatever – like the one on Galaxy Nexus. I think having some indicator helps.

  • Sigyn

    Anyone know when the unlocked version will appear in the google play store?

    On a tmobile value plan so i won’t be getting the phone subsidized. How long after the release did the previous nexus appear on the google play store and does anyone know if it will support tmobile “4g” band?

  • irishrally

    Hopefully this and the other upcoming Nexus phones go on sale immediately in the Play Store as unlocked phones, and no carrier exclusive mess like the last Nexus.

  • Nathan D.

    More stories I see about this the more I think I might get this phone. It starting to sound better and better with each new post.

  • Guero

    Any news about the redesigned Play Store, Taylor?

  • Lord Hassan

    My friend Pete said his Iphone has better resolution than android. He also said Steve Jobs before he died programmed in a failsafe on Iphone so that if it bricks there is a code you can type to get it back. Lets see android do that! Anyone verify this? if so i want an Iphone. There is no I in phone. Unless it’s an Iphone..Android there is an I but its at the end so Iphone must be better.

    • Saqib

      @Lord Hassan, the iPhone 5 has a display resolution of nearly 720p, Android devices have had true 720p for a while now. It is also technologically impossible to program a code to fix a bricked phone. If you can do that the phone wasnt bricked in the first place.

    • walker

      Have you ever gotten the information yourself, other than your friend? Can your friend verify that what he claims is true?
      By your judgement of whether an iphone or Android phone is better, based from the alphabet, A is at the start of the line, whereas I is 9th. According to me.

    • jamal adam

      On what god forsaken planet do live?

      • jamal adam


    • ari-free

      Idiot also starts with ‘i’

  • aranea

    If this is true i can’t wait to put my hands on it!

  • Nate

    How do iPhoneys even find these threads? Hasn’t Apple censored the word “Android” from it’s stupid Siri app yet? GS3 here, and I would say I wouldn’t take an iPhone5 if you gave me one, but I’d be lying because I’d sell it to some idiot for $500, and get me a Nexus… Android for life!

    • Ken Marshall

      Google has selected you for anal profiling. in exchange u will have free Nexus. Do u accept android?

      • Nate

        The profile of my anus is a sight to behold, so sure whatever. Either way, It’s gotta be more prestigious than a Verizon soak test… yeah I said it!

  • Thorpeland

    “We were also sent a picture taken with the device, but we are unable to share it due to the nature of the photo.” That is pure genius! Need to show the media a sample photo but want to make sure they don’t post it. Just take a pic of some boobies. lol

  • Lox

    LG? No thanks, it seems like time to say goodbye to the Nexus brand.

    Let’s hope HTC will quickly release an S4 pro device.

  • itsteetimechaps

    I would love to get one of these bad boys but I REALLY NEED a new phone soon as my good ol motorola backflip can never pick up phone calls and is difficult to send text messages might get a gs3 though

  • Scott

    if it doesnt look like the LG Optimus G and has the curved feeling to it ill be happy. even if its LG

  • Scott

    looks exactly like galaxy nexus

  • DfromMTC

    Does is have LTE?
    I love Nexus phones but not willing to goo back to HSPA+!

    • Barsack Ivanowitsch

      Yes, it has ;)

  • BigCiX

    at&t version is the one with the 8mp camera rather then the 13. They probabk stripped it down so that it won’t send a bigger via text message.

  • mko

    I really hope it has at least 32GB of internal memory or a microSD slot. Also, a white version would be nice. And I hope it has exactly the specs that have been reported for the Optimus G…

    I need a new phone, I want it to be high-end and a Nexus phone! Make it happen Google :-).

  • blankit

    i have a feeling this phone will have mediocre specs.

    • spacebar2012

      Sorry, but did you not read the specs on the Optimus G? Its the same device with slightly different design apparently.

  • United States of Mexico

    LG sucks, Meandroid sucks

  • spacebar2012

    This is first LG phone to have got my attention. Although I still have absolutely zero faith in LG as a phone OEM, I’ll give this one a chance. It looks good, classy and has the best specs on the market. If it indeed turns out to be the next Nexus (as being reported today that someone already got their hands on a test unit), I’d grab it with two hands. Let that new 13 MP Sony camera module be on the Nexus please! Someone just confirm it already!

  • iamtpb

    I can’t WAIT for it … it will be absolutely amazing . Hoping to see pics soon !!

  • jamboree1111

    for me its like wetting and drooling together…………superxited……..

  • STL77

    Any idea on the display? AMOLED or LCD-based?

  • Romu
    • Ambuj Sinha

      If that link is believe to be true. We have very good news and some bad news
      Very Good News:
      The Optimus Nexus features wireless charging
      Technology: IPS LCD

      Bad News:
      Internal Memory – 8GB Only (I don’t believe it)

  • Tuffcheez

    “and it looks like the galaxy nexus.” That’s a pity.

  • sykkro

    It will be my next device for sure, but I do hope that this time it doesn’t take so long to arrive in international stores..

    I know it’s not Googles fault, but the Nexus 7 was released about 3+ months ago and I still can’t buy one in Portugal (although I could get one from UK or Spain, but I’d probably not get the same customer support,etc..) :(

    Would love to get one by Christmas :D

  • Jayq330

    I think that LG’s phone build is second to Motorola & i think ill buy this phone simply because there screen has been said to be as good as the superamoled, if sasumg releases and arm15 soc that’s as good as the S4 ill buy, I won’t buy the note 2 until I see all the nexus phones. Another thing about LG that dissapoints me is that they seem to copy Samsung’s software without shame & now even the rumors they’re copying the galaxy nexus… It’d be bad for business & might cost them my business since all it says is we follow Samsung’s step & even suck them. But like I said the end product is sounding good, even the Optimus G form with on screen buttons would be nice along with the crystal glass backing. Don’t copy samsung we need variety plus I already has the GS3.

  • Samuel

    I can’t see what’s the difference between the Lg Optimus G and the Optimus G Nexus ? Will it be the same if I buy the Lg Optimus G and upgrade it to lime pie after ?

    • Michael N.

      LG Optimus G will have a skin on top of the stock Android UI programmed by LG so it may be a little clunkier. Nexus phones are pure Android (more streamlined) and gets better support from Google, e.g. every time a new version of Android comes out, you shouldn’t have to wait longer than a month for Google to prompt the update on your Nexus phone whereas other Android phones may not update at all.

  • GeoRage

    I’m just guessing, but I would think that Google would want a similar design/feel for their phones. At least for continuity. I’m thinking they told LG that they wanted their phone in this shape.

    Also, the Gnex had a beautiful design, maybe flawed in building materials, by great on design.

  • GeoRage

    Any reports on battery life?

  • Michael N.

    I don’t like the customization center idea since I think it would tarnish the Google/Android purity which is linked to the Nexus brand. Also, I hope they go with the 13 MP camera. Can’t wait!