Optimus G to become LG Optimus Nexus?

Optimus G to become LG Optimus Nexus?You might want to sprinkle a dash of salt in your eyes before reading this one, but… stranger things have happened.

We’re hearing that the LG Optimus G might become the LG Optimus Nexus when it hits the west within a couple of months. What the…?

The LG Optimus G goes on sale in Korea next week, and has raised more than a few eyebrows - with impressive specs and now Miracast. That’s not something we’re used to from LG, but we kinda like it.

Android Community suggests that Google might adopt the LG Optimus G as the next Nexus smartphone, with credit going to, uhm, “word on the street”.

The obvious flaw in the logic is that Nexus devices traditionally launch alongside the latest version of Android. Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) had the Nexus 7, Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) had the Samsung Galaxy Nexus… and so on.

The LG Optimus G, however, launches with Ice Cream Sandwich, so it’s actually a version behind. There’s always the chance it’ll be upgraded to Jelly Bean before it hits the west, I guess.

It’s also possible that the LG Optimus Nexus will be sold direct through Google Play under its not-quite-burgeoning-yet Devices section, which would arguably make it worthy of the Nexus branding.

Utter nonsense? Time will tell. In any case, we're itching to play with the LG Optimus G (slash LG Optimus Nexus) when it hits the UK next month. Or maybe the month after.

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Pondlife  Sep. 20, 2012 at 14:16

They've not just nabbed a phone after launch before though have they?
I'd be very surprised if next Nexus shipped with JB and beyond that for ICS, looks interesting piece of kit though.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 14:18

It's the world's most powerful phone, by far. Since we haven't seen any leaks for this year's Nexus phone, this could be true.

Pondlife  Sep. 20, 2012 at 14:31

Just thought they'd have got LG to skip the launch party if it was, previous Nexus phones haven't blown the rest out of the water either have they? I know some individual aspects have but not whole thing?

Could take some beating if true and made well, serious hardware and latest updates.
Sounds like you might rather like this one Matt if it pans out.

No micro sd though, relatively small battery

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 15:35

Just thought they'd have got LG to skip the launch party if it was, previous Nexus phones haven't blown the rest out of the water either have they? I know some individual aspects have but not whole thing?

Could take some beating if true and made well, serious hardware and latest updates.
Sounds like you might rather like this one Matt if it pans out.

No micro sd though, relatively small battery

No MicroSD, no sale. That's just the way it is for me.

Pondlife  Sep. 20, 2012 at 15:46

Makes it more likely to be Nexus though..

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 15:54

Makes it more likely to be Nexus though..
True, true. Android isn't "supposed" to work with MicroSD cards any more, unfortunately.

Also, the Nexus One was pretty "up there" when it came to specs. Back in early 2010 a Snapdragon S1 was a fast processor, it's the same one the Desire had (not surprisingly, since the Desire and the N1 were basically the same phone).

Pondlife  Sep. 20, 2012 at 16:06

Definitely unfortunately
Yeah fair point, I do tend to forget that one. They are pretty much the same. to the extent that the Desire seems pretty pointless even.

Unconnected, but still broadly on topic for a change, wondering if the nexus 7 might get some of that Miracast action.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 16:16

Definitely unfortunately
Yeah fair point, I do tend to forget that one. They are pretty much the same. to the extent that the Desire seems pretty pointless even.

Unconnected, but still broadly on topic for a change, wondering if the nexus 7 might get some of that Miracast action.

The lack of official MicroSD support is disappointing, it was one of Android's best features, IMO. A 64gb iPhone 5 will cost you £700, an 80gb SGS3 will cost you about £450...

The Desire had more RAM, it was also considerably cheaper and easier to source. The Desire ran HTC Sense, too (which was a good thing, just look at screenshots of stock Android 2.1 and you'll see why).

The N7 seems a good candidate for Miracast, but it's not part of stock Android, which the N7 runs, so maybe not. Who knows, we'll just have to wait and see.

Pondlife  Sep. 20, 2012 at 16:30

Definitely, especially as no one is really making 64gb android phones..

Barely more ram from what I can make out 64k, could've just made N1 cheaper and easier to buy at least they've changed tack on pricing and availability is nexus 7 is anything to go by. Ah so Sense was once worthwhile then.

Has wifidirect already and could become part of stock I guess. If not I hope someone gives it third party attention. I know nvidia were keen to talk Miracast up in the summer.

Pondlife  Sep. 20, 2012 at 17:10

On the Lg front expansys have the 4x for £300

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 17:20

On the Lg front expansys have the 4x for £300
That is a lot of phone, for not a lot of money. Once you stick Cyanogen Mod 10 on there, you've got an absolute beast for a bargain price.

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