LG Nexus devices have reportedly been handed out for testing

LG Nexus devices have reportedly been handed out for testing

It’s time for the daily Nexus news bulletin! This time the rumoured LG Optimus G Nexus is the headline; release candidate handsets have been handed out for testing, according an anonymous source.


Android specialist site, androidandme.com, have received a report of the device from someone who has “access” to a Google employee who says the devices were handed out last week for testing. He is quoted as saying:

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.

They were apparently also sent a picture taken with the device, but we are unable to share it due “to the nature of the photo”, but were able to ascertain from the EXIF data that it was taken with an 8 mega-pixel shooter.

*UPDATE*
The legend that is Paul O’Brien from Modaco has just tweeted:

Oh man, LG really are making the next Nexus! Just had it confirmed by someone I trust 101%. :-o

Paul’s is a very credible source, so I’m pretty much convinced!

*ANOTHER UPDATE!*

Paul has published more details:

  • The device is based on the Optimus G but doesn’t look the same
  • Quad Core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 1280×768 True-HD IPS screen
  • On screen soft keys (of course)
  • 8 Megapixel Camera
  • No microSD slot
  • 8GB and 16GB versions only (at least initially)
  • Non-removable battery
  • Wireless charging built in
  • The retail name of the device is yet to be decided.
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  • Simon

    No SD, no removable battery, ‘only’ 8 mp camera and only 8 or 16gb. I am waiting to upgrade my galaxy SII but it won’t be to this :-(

    • Anonymous

      Each to their own. I’m totally happy with 8MP if it’s actually a good camera. Also happy enough with 16GB, although more is always welcome.

      I just want a great quality device that doesn’t feel like it’s made by Fisher Price.

    • Ronnie Whelan

      I’m now thinking that there are going to be more Nexus devices. I’m holding out for a version of the HTC DIx to be announced as one, although I’m not sure I’ll get my wish…

      • Victor

        Indeed, much rather have the Rumored 5″ HTC device then any phone of LG.