Building Google branded Nexus smartphones has always been an honor reserved for the top Android device manufacturers. The Nexus One was made by HTC, while the Nexus S and the more recent Galaxy Nexus were made by Samsung. Each Nexus device is usually among the first to get an upgrade to the latest version of Android.
Apparently, LG is in talks with Google and wants to build the next Nexus device. Such a deal could propel it directly into the big leagues, but is very unlikely considering that LG hasn’t yet launched a truly excellent Android smartphone which could compete with the flagship offerings from Samsung, or even HTC and Motorola.
The next Nexus smartphone will run Android 5.0 Jelly Bean (or whatever the next version of Android is going to be named). If I had to bet on who had the best chance of making the device, I would bet on either Samsung or Motorola, given that Samsung is currently the number one Android device manufacturer and Motorola is now owned by Google.
Google is apparently planning to launch a budget Nexus tablet too, to compete with the Kindle Fire and more importantly, the iPad. However, that device is reported to be in the late stages of development already, so it is unlikely the Nexus device that LG is taking about.
To LG’s credit, it recently unveiled some impressive devices like the LG Optimus 4X HD and the Optimus 3D Max at MWC 2012. If those devices prove to be a success, LG might have a good shot after all.