LG To Have First Crack At New Breed Of Nexus Devices With LG Optimus G Nexus [Rumor]
We’ve been hearing for a bit now that Google was going to revamp their Nexus program and that we would soon be seeing multiple Nexus devices being manufactured by various OEMs. According to Taylor Wimberly over at Android and Me, those whispers are going to turn to reality very soon, and LG will be the first up to bat.
LG will purportedly release the first of a new breed of Nexus devices in which all manufacturers can participate as long as they adhere to Google’s Nexus standards.
In order to qualify for the Nexus program handset manufacturers must use stock Android and 64 MB of secure memory for media streaming. Custom UI skins will be allowed as part of a new “customization center”. There are additional hardware requirements that are needed to make sure the devices will support Android 5.0, which is scheduled to arrive by fall 2013.
The most interesting detail I found was the introduction of a “customization center.” This is something Android has been sorely needing (since manufacturers insist on adding their own skins). I’ve always said skins should be an option — like downloading a theme or launcher. Android users should always have the option of running stock Android. This will solve the whole debate over skins — if you like it, use it; if not, use stock Android.
I’m also happy to see the whole “manufacturer exclusive” go away. Soon users will be able to choose from a variety of Nexus devices from whichever manufacturer they prefer. Personally I’ve been more than happy with Samsung’s Nexus devices but I’m sure there’s millions of you that would prefer HTC or Motorola. Unfortunately, you’ll have to settle for LG at the moment.
Purportedly the first Nexus to be bred from this program will be the LG Optimus G Nexus (terrible name). It’s rumored to be launching this November with an updated version of Android (Android 4.2) This updated version of Android isn’t supposed to be a major upgrade (probably not Key Lime Pie) but will include improved power management, a new version of the Play Store, and home screens that are show in tabs rather than the multi-page layout we’re used to.
I’m all for this new Nexus program and can’t wait to see more stock Android devices hit the market. They offer a much better experience in my opinion and will ultimately result in a more unified Android that consumers can recognize easily.
The cat should be let out of the bag later this month when Andy Rubin takes the stage at the AllThingsD: Dive into Mobile conference. Until then, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new program and which manufacturer you’d like making your next Nexus device?