The manufacturer of the last two Nexus smartphones shall apparently pass the baton to another Android OEM for the sixth-generation “pure Google” handheld, as long as there will be a Nexus 6.
It’s official, ladies and gents, the age of the LG-made Nexus devices is nearing an end. It’s been fun, mutually beneficial for Google and LG, sometimes hard, sometimes outright agonizing, but all in all, pretty pleasant and a major step forward for the low-cost, high-end, stock Android program.
A faint rumor a few months back, the partnership’s completion has been confirmed by Ken Hong, LG’s Director of Global Communications. The company exec strangely decided to go on record with a fairly obscure Dutch website, putting an end to all speculation.
He said he knows nothing of LG working on a Nexus 5 sequel, so either the memo eluded him somehow, or the Koreans will simply not be making the Nexus 6. The part about him possibly being ignored when development started was obviously a joke, and clearly, there’s no LG N6 in the pipeline. Not today, not ever.
But is there an Android Silver gizmo incoming perhaps? Hard to say. Hong was completely mum on the subject, which in the context would mean a lot, however we’re not sure if anyone asked the executive in the first place.
A Nexus 6 from a different manufacturer is certainly a strong possibility too, with the list of candidates including HTC, Motorola, Asus, Lenovo, Sony and, who knows, maybe even Samsung. Rumor is at least one extra Nexus tablet will see daylight before Android Silver replaces the lineup, and HTC is currently the frontrunner for N8 co-branding. In which case I’d rule them out of contention for the N6.
Back to LG, let’s point out the company seems to be very Zen about no longer being involved in the Nexus project, since said involvement brings plenty of credibility, just not a lot of money. Also, bad, unfair publicity, like in the case of N4 and N5 production shortages, which, according to Ken Hong, were actually Google’s fault. Oh snap!