LG Has No Plans To Launch A Google Play Edition G2 With Stock Android


As I’m sure you’re already aware by now, LG announced its flagship G2 at an event in New York on Wednesday, and in addition a plethora of high-end specifications that’ll make your mouth water, it’s also packed full of software features. LG is clearly hoping to compete with the Galaxy S4 in this department, but not everybody likes that.

Some people like pure, unadulterated Android — and that’s exactly what Google Play Edition devices are for; they combine the latest hardware from third-party manufacturers with stock Android, as Google intended it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t like like the G2 will be competing with the HTC One and the Galaxy S4 in that arena.

“As of right now, LG doesn’t have any plans for a Google Play edition. The focus for the G2 is penetration through carriers,” said LG representative Ken Hong. However, Hong gave us a glimmer of hope by adding that this decision “could change down the road.”

While the G2 has some really terrific software features — such as Audio Zooming, Plug & Pop, and Guest Mode, which will be welcomed by many — there are plenty of others who will avoid the handset because of them. A small but significant group prefer naked Android, and the G2’s software is far from that.

But we could see a handset very similar to the G2 on Google Play in the future. Rumor has it LG is working with Google on the Nexus 5 smartphone, which could be similar to the G2 in both design and specifications, only without LG’s software. In the meantime, we can always pray that LG’s changes its mind.