By Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla
HTC and Samsung each did it twice. The former with the initial Google T-Mobile G1 smartphone and later on the Nexus One and then Samsung took over with the Nexus S followed by the Galaxy Nexus. Now it seems that LG has been tagged to deliver the next Google flagship device slated for November release.
LG hasn't been particularly engaged in flooding the market as many other handset makers (i.e. Samsung, Motorola, HTC) but has always pushed for higher-end Android devices.
The purported flagship Nexus device for 2012 highlights a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 display, will likely be powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and is rumoured to bring a 13-megapixel camera.
These specs are in line with the recently announced LG Optimus G. The big difference will be that the Nexus device will run the latest version of Android (Jelly Bean or Key Lime Pie, whichever is ready to roll). It is good that Google is spreading the love around and giving each of its partners a year or two in the limelight as the makers of the Google Nexus devices.
I personally prefer Nexus devices over 'skinned' smartphones from manufacturers just because I get the core software updates and features faster. A number of advanced users or Android fans will definitely be onboard the LG device if they can deliver outstanding hardware to go with innovative software.
The question on my mind is if Motorola, now owned by Google, will ever get to release a flagship Nexus device.
Moto's hardware is on par and in many ways, their build quality surpasses many of their competitors but Google seems happy to position it as just another player in the market. The synergy between hardware and software would be amazing for Google designed hardware tied into Google software.