Google’s Nexus range of phones have traditionally been made by a single manufacturer, and are upper-range devices aimed at those who either want to experiment with Android — software developers for example — or those who don’t want a third party user interface over the top of the Android OS. The phones have also heralded the arrival of a new version of Google’s mobile software, but this year, the Nexus 7 tablet was the first device to come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so has the smartphone been forgotten?
The answer appears to be no, and what’s more, there may be several new Nexus smartphones about to go on sale, should the rumours prove accurate. The most recent is that LG is handling the latest Nexus build, and that it will be based on the exciting Optimus G. The Optimus G stands out because of the quad-core Snapdragon processor inside, along with 2GB of RAM, plus a 4.7-inch HD touchscreen.
Possibly named the Nexus G or Nexus X, LG’s phone could come with Android 4.2 installed, which has been rumoured to be almost identical to 4.1 Jelly Bean, except with an even smoother interface than before.
LG isn’t the only company said to be producing a new Nexus phone either, leading many to expect a clutch of Nexus phones to be released soon, ready to fill a brand-new online Google store.
HTC may release its much-rumoured 5-inch smartphone/tablet hybrid, often known as the HTC One X5, as the Nexus 5, while accessories for the mysterious Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2 have been spotted in Carphone Warehouses’s computer system. Finally, Google-owned Motorola could have a Nexus version of the Razr too, as a device running Android 4.2 (and codenamed Occam) has appeared in some server logs.
One new Nexus phone is exciting enough, so the prospect of four is especially tantalising. Google, LG, HTC, Samsung and Motorola have yet to confirm any of these devices, or Android 4.2.