I’ve always thought it was a shame for Asus, that despite building one of the most successful Android tablets to date, the device is largely referred to as the Nexus 7, or Google Nexus 7 at most. True, us nerds know it’s the Asus-built Google Nexus 7, but ask your average Joe…
Worse than that, we’re hearing that Asus mightn’t get to stick its name on the back at all after this year, with the Google Nexus 7 contract instead going to LG.
Time was, Samsung was the Nexus manufacturer of choice, but while the South Koreans recently churned out the Google Nexus 10, the focus has more so been on the 7in Google Nexus 7 (Asus) and Google Nexus 4 (LG).
Surprisingly, despite the widely reported supply problems with the Google Nexus 4 (LG blamed Google, Google blamed LG), South Korea’s second favourite manufacturer, LG, is tipped to turn the imminent LG G2 into the Google Nexus 5.
Even more surprising is the notion that LG might pick up the Google Nexus 7 contract, as put forth by analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo in an investor note intercepted by 9to5google.
The logic is that Google is keen to make use of not just LG, but LG Display in particular, which boasts thinner and lighter IPS panels.
Actually, when you put it like that, Ming-Chi-Kuo, it doesn’t sound too far fetched. Remind us to refer back to this article come the 2014 Google Nexus 7.