The Nexus 4 is starting to show it’s age. HTC, Samsung, and even Sony are releasing phones that have noticeably better specs than the flagship phone from Google. Then again, Google isn’t showing off hardware in its Nexus lineup, instead, Google is showing off the latest and greatest version of Android… and perhaps showing us that it can run quite well on hardware that’s one step down from the “best of the best” in terms of speed. Even still, it’s time for a new Nexus, and most of us are referring to it as the “Nexus 5“. Who will make it, and will I be happy if the Nexus 5 is based on the LG G2?
Let’s look back at history, shall we?
Samsung made the Galaxy Nexus for Google. As far as specifications, it was somewhere between the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III. It was announced in October 2011 and was retired from the Play Store in October 2012. The Nexus 4 was announced in October 2012 (though it wasn’t offered for sale until the following month). That seems like a pretty good pattern, and if that pattern continues, I suspect we’ll hear about the Nexus 5 (or whatever it will be called) in October of 2013.
Back to the Nexus 4
LG had just announced the Optimus G, which was a fairly well spec’d phone at the time. When we learned about the Nexus 4 it was quickly discovered that it was very similar to the Optimus G. The Nexus 4 didn’t have the latest and greatest hardware in it. It didn’t even include LTE (though it sort of did). What the Nexus 4 did have was the latest version of Android and a price that was amazing! It was basically half the cost of the flagship phones from the other manufacturers. What’s more, I haven’t noticed the hardware “compromises” negatively impacting the software experience when using my Nexus 4.
Speculating on the Nexus 5
Let’s pretend for a moment that the “next” Nexus is going to be based on the “next” LG. (I’ll get into another theory in a moment.) The release of the Optimus G and Nexus 4 happened at roughly the same interval as what I expect the interval between the G2 and the Nexus 5 will be. Should that be the case, I can easily see the Nexus 5 being a variant of the G2. And I’m okay with that.
Like the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 will probably be “scaled back”. We’ve heard rumors that the camera will likely be 10MP (slightly below that of the G2) and the processor will be a Snapdragon 600 (the step down from the G2).
Assuming that history is a good indicator of the future, and supposing that the Nexus 5 will be based on the G2, I’ll be happy with it — as long as it’s as close to the G2 as the Nexus 4 was to the Optimus G.
What about Motorola
Ah, there’s the real question. Motorola, now part of Google, just brought their X8 technology to the table. As I mentioned in today’s podcast, X8 is huge. It — or, rather, what it enables is. It will fundamentally change the way you use your mobile device. I can’t imagine that Google would release the next Nexus without X8-like functionality.
Now the question becomes whether the next Nexus will be based on the G2 with X8-like customizations built-in, or whether it will be a Motorola with X8 proper.
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!