LG said to be ‘considering’ the 2015 Nexus smartphone

LG's Nexus 5 was a big hit. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

LG’s Nexus 5 was a big hit. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Google is reportedly working with Huawei on a brand new Nexus smartphone, but it may not be the only one we get this year. Recent rumors have suggested we could get two variants of Google’s device for 2015, and according to one report, LG is “considering” one of them.

“We now have confirmation from sources within LG that the company is indeed considering making the 2015 Nexus,” reports AndroidPIT. “When we asked our source outright if LG was in any way involved with a new Nexus, the response was that, ‘it’s under consideration at LG.'”

LG built the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5, two of the most successful Nexus smartphones to date, but Google chose Motorola to build its more recent Nexus 6 — perhaps because it owned Motorola when it first started developing the device. But according to Google’s recent financials, the Nexus family isn’t selling too well.

The price of the Nexus 6 is thought to be partly to blame for that — it’s twice as expensive as its predecessor off-contract — but the decline may also have something to do with its size; a device with a 6-inch screen that’s impossible to use one-handed doesn’t appeal to as many consumers as one around 5 to 5.5 inches.

But Google may not be ditching the larger Nexus entirely. As well as a smaller device possibly from LG, the company is reportedly working with Huawei on another handset that will have a 5.7-inch Quad HD build by Samsung — the same display used in its Galaxy Note 4.

This year’s Nexus refresh is still months away yet, so lots could change between now and then. LG may be “considering” another Google handset now, but that doesn’t confirm it will make one, so try not to get your hopes up too much.

There seems to be plenty of call for another 5-inch Nexus device, however, so if LG decides it doesn’t want to take up this opportunity, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Google approach another manufacturer.