We've lost count of how many Android phone makers are around these days, but when it comes to getting the nod to work with Google on its prestigious Nexus devices, it's a far more select group, which to date includes only HTC and Samsung.
However, LG says it's optimistic of becoming the third member of the exclusive Nexus club, and enjoying the privileged access to a new version of Android that goes with it.
So far the Nexus line has produced three handsets, each tied into the launch of a major new version of Android. HTC was behind the Nexus One – released to showcase Android 2.1 Eclair. Then there was the Nexus S, made by Samsung, which had Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board, and finally the Galaxy Nexus, another Samsung creation, which gave us a first look at Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich towards the end of last year.
LG's Ramchan Woo, head of the company's smartphone division, has told CNET Australia that LG is “heavily in discussions” with Google about becoming the next big name to land a Nexus release, though he didn't reveal any details about which version of Android such a device would tie in with.
Google's Eric Schmidt has hinted that a Nexus-branded Android tablet could be on the cards sometime soon, presumably to coincide with the release of Android Jelly Bean, which is expected to focus heavily on tablet functionality.
Getting the nod to stick its name on a Nexus device would be a big win for LG, a company that has never quite managed to move out of the shadow of HTC and more recently Samsung as a leading Android exponent.
It's hit Mobile World Congress this year with a formidable arsenal of new devices, however, and will be hoping 2012 is the year when it bridges that gap and becomes a true Android heavyweight. Adding a Nexus device to its Android CV certainly wouldn't do its efforts any harm...