LG Optimus Nexus Rumors Are What Android Dreams Are Made Of

We’ve reached the wee night hours here at Phandroid, and what better time than right now to fill you guys in on some juicy Android rumors before you hit the sack. Turns out our friends at Android and Me have been hearing rumblings from a few inside sources that the next Google Nexus device could be the spec’d out beast re-announced just last night — the LG Optimus G. Just imagine it: the LG Optimus Nexus with a quad-core Qualcomm S4 processor, industry leading 720p True HD IPS Plus display, 2GB of multitasking RAM, 32GB of spacious internal storage, 13MP camera, NFC, LTE, and if this rumor comes to pass — stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. You hear that? That’s the sound of Android fanboys around the world collectively wetting themselves (don’t worry, me too).

Admittedly, there isn’t much info to go on and this is nothing more than a good old fashioned industry rumor. But let’s not forget a leak not too long ago possibly revealing Samsung, LG and Sony’s intentions on releasing their own Nexus devices due out by this Thanksgiving. Just take one more look at the above image and tell me that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye?

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  • le_lutin

    I’ll only consider it if the camera is one the best on the market. Wasn’t impressed with the last Nexus camera.

    • wickets

      buy a leica!!!!!!! I would buy this LG phone in a heartbeat as long as I dont have to use vzw….vzw + nexus = horrifying experience

      • le_lutin

        I already have a good dslr and compact. I just don’t always have them with me.

    • Mark phillips

      Sony made that so you can trust because they make apple’s and Samsung’s sensors! The iPhone and S3

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      LG was touting their camera tech in the Optimus G as one of the best in the biz, so it definitely wouldn’t be lacking in that department.

  • ari_free

    I actually want to see the back of the phone in action. Supposedly it offers the shiny to the extreme.

  • http://twitter.com/macavely Macavely

    Interesting..would love to see that as one of the nexus phones..

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    Yes please. I want this thing sold through the Play Store and usable on Verizon’s LTE network…totally separate from Verizon’s OTA testing process!!! If not, then I’m switching to T-Mobile.

    • hellhoundwp

      I have been thinking the same thing.

  • Dave

    Why stop there, take the screen all the way to the four sides of the phone!

    Yea yeah functional bezels and all that but it would be nice to finally have nothing but display on the front face of a phone.

    • Atst88

      I wish people would stop with the “No Bezel” comments. Try using a galaxy S3 and tell me you have not hit one of the buttons on accident. Imagine that with the screen. Watching video would be a total nightmare. You would keep pulling up the Video menu bars, maybe even the android menu bars, FF or RW or Pausing video, maybe even travelling to the Home screen a few times. You can take it, but I would rather have something better.

      • Dave

        I have a GS3 and yes, I have hit the buttons on accident when holding it horizontally. Even on my Galaxy Nexus I’ve had accidental presses. Again, I understand bezels serve a particular function over pure aesthetics such as in the case you’ve stated.

        But given I’m asking for a minimized bezel (not necessarily no bezel), it may not be much of a nightmare. It is certainly not a nightmare watching videos on my GS3 despite the capacitive buttons proximity to the edge of the device. Regardless, it’s a fantasy of design and I’m not proclaiming to have more knowledge on form functions over the experienced design teams from these OEMs.

        • dara_parsavand

          The Motorola Razr i has the smallest bezels I know of at 3.7 mm (computed via a 4.3″ 16×9 display with a phone width of 60.9 mm). iPhones have been at 4.4 mm for a while now which is not bad either. Of course 0 mm isn’t going to happen since there has to be an edge, and preferably a slightly rounded edge, but I’ll take even smaller – perhaps 3 mm if this is doable. Anybody who wants to go back to 5 (Galaxy SIII) or 7 mm like a typical phone can add a case. It is also possible to add a feature to the OS where button presses on the outside X pixels are ignored where X is configurable by the user. If new phones with 2-3 mm bezels are such a problem, Google will do this (or a ROM producer will).

    • Butters619

      As much as I’d love small bezels on the top and sides, it’s easier said than done. Do you think if it were easy that manufacturers would still be holding out? It really just comes down to putting the thing together from a manufacturing stand point.

    • bos

      I’d rather have it not break when I drop it than have the screen go all the way to the corners.

  • cowgar

    it does have 768p screen so it’s not 16:9 form factor (720p) and thus is even bigger than already uncomfortable Galaxy SIII. IPS screens are also battery hogs compared to AMOLEDs with subpar image quality no matter the matrix.

    other than that, hardware is not everything when there’s no software support (ICS only) – thanks God for Cyanogenmod

    • malcmilli

      I don’t find the gs3 to be uncomfortable at all. And I own the slightly smaller evo lte.

    • Stefan K

      S3 not uncomfortable at all, but i can imagine it’s hard to handle if you only hold on tiny things in your life ;)

      I wish i skipped the S3 for the bigger note!

  • http://twitter.com/BongDabong Dave Feril

    Well, if this is true. I hope it comes with a microSD slot. ^_^

    • PC_Tool

      “Hope is the denial of reality” has never been truer…

      Google has stated repeatedly that no Nexus devices will have a MicroSD slot.

      • john


        • Brian Robinson

          Most likely for you to adopt their services. They want you to incorporate google services into your lifestyle. i.e. cloud services such as drive and other things. It isn’t the goal to hurt the consumer, but what they are showing is we want you to move to the next thing cloud services. I know people including me like an external card so we can swap when needed since service isn’t always available. However, google is trying to get you to use their services.

          • ari_free

            Well, what they end up doing is remove one of the key features of Android versus the iPhone so I think it’s pretty stupid.
            Another thing is that if you already bought an expensive 64 gig SD for your old phone, it’s now pretty useless.

        • PC_Tool

          According to them? Cloud.

          Everything Google does is cloud-oriented….right down to their OSes.

          • ari_free

            I want cloud and local. One supplements the other. For example, look how they made voice recognition in JB. It does most of it locally so you can use it on an airplane but only uses the cloud when it gets stuck.

      • Fuzzypaw

        And Google is on the wrong side of this argument, and will continue to be so. I realize their issue is that if consumers use low-end SD cards, it slows down the phone and gives a bad impression of the OS. But high-end cards don’t have that problem, and if it was instead mandated that a phone with an SD card slot came with at least an 8 GB high end SD, you wouldn’t have the slow down frustrations.

        In any event, Nexus is supposed to be the reference testbed, and lots of manufacturers still use SD; how can you test how Android is working with SD after a bunch of changes to the code if your reference device doesn’t have SD?

        • PC_Tool

          Google may be wrong in your opinion, which is fine, but I’m not sure where you heard about it being due to low-end SD cards…my guess is that it has much more to do with the fact that they are….Google; a cloud-services, internet-based company.

          …and that last bit makes no sense, logically. There are a *lot* of things _not_ included in the nexus devices that OEM manufacturers put in after-the-fact. The reference design is simply that, a reference-point, not a “this is all we support in our code”.

          Hey, I hate it too. I’d have loved it if Samsung had come out with a Galaxy Prime (completely the same as the Nexus, and thus AOSP supported, but with the MicroSD slot.). I’d love to see LG or Sony or whoever do that when *they* get a Nexus….

          My initial response was simply to point out the futility of expecting Google to support it. By now we should all know better…like it or not.

      • Y314K

        Humn… I usually am of the mind that no MicroSD = no sale… But if Google makes this phone storage space 32GB / 64GB / 128GB as base.. And they don’t sell 8 GB / 16GB storage space version… I will be tempted to make 32GB work… For me 32GB = base model on a device without a MicroSD card… Decisions, decisions… Nov. huh….

        • ari_free

          Right, if they can’t offer SD then at least offer 64 gig versions like Apple. It’s not like the days before Play when people didn’t buy any music and only played simple 2D puzzle games.

      • acey_zero


        I don’t remember Google ever saying that (but I could be wrong).
        In fact a Google engineer on reddit seemed to imply they would like to add one if they could find a way to do it without complicating the UI, but that was a little while back.

        • PC_Tool


          “We got tired of seeing OEMs include many GB of internal storage for music, while users were still running out of space for apps and data. This approach lets us merge everything on one volume, which is way better.
          — Dan Morrill, Android engineer at Google”

          • acey_zero

            That is from the same reddit thread I was referencing. He later went on to say:

            “There’s no particular hardware reason a device can’t have both. The problem is that there is no good UI for it.

            One of the core Android principles is that you never need a file manager. Ever. We wanted to avoid the obnoxious “sneeze and a file picker appears” syndrome of basically every other OS. Local data that apps know how to handle should just be magically available within the apps, or stored in the cloud. You shouldn’t have to go spelunking on your SD card to find data.

            The problem with having both internal storage and SD cards is that suddenly that goal gets a whole lot harder to achieve. For a given shot, should the camera save to internal-16GB, or to SD card? Should an app from Market be installed to internal or SD? etc.

            Yes, we can solve this by letting the user choose, or have it be in settings. But then, that’s a file picker, or close enough to the file picker experience that we dislike it just as much.

            And besides that, there are API consequences: if you stick in an SD card with photos on it, do you add those to the system media content provider? If you do, you will screw up apps because they aren’t designed with the concept that photos can come and go.

            What we will probably do eventually is add an import/export concept to removable storage. So the Camera will always save to internal-16GB, and when you pop in an SD card (or insert a thumb drive on USB host devices) you can start a migration or import/export dialog.

            But until we have that, devices will generally either have an SD card, or a large internal storage, but not both. I totally get that a lot of people like SD cards, and I miss USB Mass Storage myself. But then, that’s why it’s great that there are so many devices to choose from. :)

            tl;dr: it’s a can of worms. We’re thinking about compromises for future versions.”

            I definitely do not get from this that no Nexus device will ever have a microSD slot.

          • PC_Tool

            “I definitely do get from this that no Nexus device will ever have a microSD slot.”

            I believe you may be missing a word there, otherwise, we might just be in agreement. :-P

          • acey_zero

            Hehe, thanks, I have fixed that sentance :)

            “I definitely do NOT get from this that no Nexus device will ever have a microSD slot.”

      • No_Nickname90

        Wait!! The Nexus 1 had a Micro SD card slot. So is this newer devices? Oh no…

        • wirelessmodz

          No it didn’t

          • Frank Z.

            Yes it did.

    • renGek

      I have yet to hear nexus users scream “oh god I ran out of storage now what”.
      Stop being digital hoarders people. You need an intervention. :b

      • Fuzzypaw

        It’s useful for music, especially when you don’t have an unlimited plan (most don’t) or if you work in a building where all the major carriers have crap to nil signal.

      • harold

        I’ve heard plenty of them.When you have a 200 mb data plan you need all the storage you can get.

      • ari_free

        And you need to take more HD videos on your phone. :)
        It’s easy to do more when you have more.

    • RavenFox

      I hope it doesn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1911005 Thomas Edwards

    Why would the next Nexus have Jelly Been and not Android 4.2/5.0, Google updates the OS twice a year afterall. LG hardware + latest stock Android OS = success for sure tho’, hopefully with a 5inch screen and software keys instead of a 4.7inch screen and capacitive keys tho’.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Well, they kinda through everyone a loop at I/O when they simultaneously announced, and released Jelly Bean. The year before, they only announced the name of the next OS (Ice Cream Sandwich) and didn’t really go into much detail about it.

      • Raymond Rodgers

        In addition, they spoke several times over the last 15 months or so about going to a single annual release. It’s possible we won’t get another name worthy release until June ’13.

        • Matthew Merrick

          I would actually be in full support of that… give OEMs time to catch up.

      • B3astofthe3ast

        They released Honeycomb that year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Arcticwind101 Noble Sellers

    i dont know… sure lg is great spec wise, but as far as pysical design goes, theyre horrible. when was the last time lg made an android phone we where truly excited about? the last decent phone lg made was the chocolate, and that was in 2005.

    • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

      Kinda agree with you.. chocolate created a lot of buzz here in my location.. Optimus G looks promising

    • vx117

      I still remember the G2x. That phone was a nightmare.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I had the chocolate back in the day. It was obnoxious that it had some proprietary headphone jack though.

    • godrilla

      LG had 1st dual core phone

  • http://galaxy-note-2-review.blogspot.com/ Alex

    That sounds extremely intriguing, Hopefully those are not just rumors.

  • mavericksun

    Missing two things. MicroSD slot and removable battery.

    • bos

      any device without those two things is a non starter for me. Why is Samsung the only company paying any attention to what consumers want? Everyone else seems hellbent on copying iphone’s worst features. Does apple have any patents on these anti-consumer design features they could start enforcing? Please?

      • Butters619

        Google gave their reasons as to why they choose not to include an SD slot. Yeah it sucks, but it’s not just for shits.

        • bos

          google’s stated reasons don’t match up with the great performance Samsung is getting from their devices that have microsd. I suspect the real reason has more to do with cost, which is fine. But let’s face it, Optimus G is nothing like the current low cost Nexus. This is a high end device and it needs to be full featured to succeed in that niche. Building a powerful device and omitting the features power users demand is a recipe for failure. Just ask HTC how their sales have been this year compared to GS3.

          • ben7337

            I think most people can live without the sd card slot. Admittedly it is one of the things about my Gnex that bothers me, but it doesn’t make the phone unusable. What is truly annoying is the lack of a removable battery, that automatically means you’re stuck with the battery life they give you period. Only the iphone is big enough to get battery cases, even the razr couldn’t manage to get any, and after a yr of charging 1-2 times a day, that battery will be hitting 70-80% capacity, so be dying even faster. Built in batteries are just not a good idea. Thin phones with removable batteries and full body backplates so that the phone doesn’t get an awkward hump from an extended battery are the way to go and the GS3 grasped that concept.

    • RavenFox

      Doesn’t need them

  • ewlung

    But, I still want more battery bigger capacity … 3000 mAH or so …

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/phinnvr6 phinn

      Why? The iPhone 5 has 8 hours of LTE battery life with 1400 mAh. There is no reason why these phones need such huge batteries.

      • Juan Carlos Contreras

        Well, let see why….for starters, the iPhone 5lop has a 4″ non-720p screen and no widgets, those two features alone would conserve battery life on any smartphone. Android phone manufacturers need to raise the mAh on batteries like the RZR MAX so those features are not messed with…IMO.

    • Fuzzypaw

      Not necessary anymore. With chipsets moving to a process of 28 nanometers and below, the heat generation and power consumption characteristics are highly minimized, and a 2000 mAH battery will perform as well as a 3000+.

  • iampoch

    No microSD slot is useless to me. I sincerely hope that this Nexus device comes with one.

    • PC_Tool

      Never going to happen. Google has stated this repeatedly.

  • Magnus Nygren

    If this is true, then 2012-2013 might be LG’s year after all. Especially if LG learns how proper updating works.

    OK that’s enough ranting about updates (for me), but spank me silly if I’m wrong, LG needs to learn what updating means.

  • vx117

    This phone is very unlikely. The cost would be at least $500+ unlocked and that would not fit into the scheme of the Nexus program of having competitive pricing.

    • Mark2468

      With carrier subsidies it will be very competitively priced, $199.99 on Sprint and T-Mobile and $249.99 on Big Red and Ma Bell, competitive enough for me anyway.

      • vx117

        Google would want to sell this unlocked and not tie it down to a carrier. Remember what Verizon did to the Galaxy Nexus? They ruined it. The whole point of the Nexus program is to give people a pure Android experience. A carrier would load it up with their own bloatware and ultimately turn it into what they want. Also, a carrier will not update the Android as fast as Google will.

    • Mark2468

      My friend has the Galaxy Nexus on T-mobile and got it through t-mobile, all of his updates have been on time, so I don’t think that applies for all carriers what Verizon did with ruining the Nexus, they are just a bunch of greedy Dickson, I haven’t heard about anyone with problems with Sprints Nexus either.

      • JRomeo

        i have the Galaxy Nexus on T-Mobile, i bought it through the google play store… you cannot buy the galaxy nexus through t-mobile.

        • Guest

          Yeah your friend has the unlocked version. And Sprint Nexus just got the Jelly Bean update. The unlocked version got it a few months ago before. Carriers delay the update.

      • vx117

        Yeah your friend has the unlocked version and got it through Google Play store like JRomeo said. And the Sprint Galaxy Nexus just got the Jelly Bean update. The unlocked version got it a few months ago before. Carriers delay the update.

    • http://twitter.com/Mark_Lunney Mark Lunney

      This was only true of the Nexus 7, the Nexus phones have always been targeted at the high end.

      • vx117

        Competitive in terms of bringing the cost down to around $400-450. I was never looking for a $199 Nexus. Look at the Galaxy Nexus for example, a new high end phone for around $400 is a great price.

  • New_Guy777

    Please, please, please…removable battery. I also love my SD card. Thank you!


    ROM flashing Android power user

  • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

    Optimus G looks great with stock Android!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaytai Jason Asianface

    I would love to see LG to make the next Nexus. It’s funny to think LG has been on the DL for a while and now they came out with a beast phone :D Good for you LG!! Keep making some amazing phone.

  • Jason Scofi

    id jump ship on my ngex so fast….

  • ILIkeBubbles

    I hope this is true. I’ve been hoping that Google would spread the Nexus love past simply Samsung whom already has the wildly popular Galaxy S series. It’s someone else’s turn.. :)

  • http://nurudin.jauhari.net/ Jauhari

    If this Device become NEXUS FAMILY… I really want it …

  • King_James_The_Wicked

    It looks so nice with a stock face.

  • http://nurudin.jauhari.net/ Jauhari

    Hi… your link to Android and Me is FAIL… Please check it….

  • http://nurudin.jauhari.net/ Jauhari

    Here is the detail Error of the URL

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Link has been fixed.

  • markgbe

    i would buy the hell out of this. :)

  • 4beaches

    Damn! What will I do if Sony and Motorola also come out with a nexus phone?

  • Jwhap

    hmmm…..I love the specs. The above picture looks very iPhoney though!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359390083 Sodiq Awokoya

    The only nexus I would not be buying, I hate lg products

  • BigCiX

    This could possible retire my One X if it the Nexus

  • youareme7

    hopefully with on screen buttons too. DOOOOOO IT!

  • psionix

    Give me a Motorola RAZR HD Nexus Maxx!
    With Quad Core…

  • C-Law

    Only spec I don’t like is the LCD screen. I love the blacks on amoled

  • jason

    Hmmm looks like a iphone a rectangle with rounded corners lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nipun-Aggarwal/1553465016 Nipun Aggarwal

    only problem with google in case of nexus is that they dont advertise it around the world like oems do for their respective flagship like s3 ,optimus and all……i really feel that google shud take control and make ppl believe how cool nexus range is ….i am from india and i have to get nexus thru ebay and that too w/o warranty(FYI i dont care bout warranty but others do)….
    S3 is d hottest gadget around here but no nexus….thats bad i mean real bad

    • ari_free

      Yeah, google is very bad at marketing and distribution.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    I still don’t see anything out there that makes me want to upgrade from my Galaxy Nexus. The next nexus needs better battery life and a slightly better camera. And there is no chance a new Nexus Phone is coming out before another OS update.

  • Butters619

    LG, but not LG software….hmmm

  • Pnutt916

    The only way I’ll buy an LG is if it’s a Nexus!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cameron.schluchtner Cameron John Schluchtner

    my wet dream O.O

  • mreveryphone

    I would almost give up the galaxy note 2 for this…… Almost

  • ben7337

    Built in battery in a nexus? Not to mention lcd not at 16:9 aspect ratio? I can handle the lcd, but not fitting the standard aspect ratio really will be bad for media. Even apple has figured out 16:9 is desirable, and google has known for a long time now. Hopefully if an LG nexus does come out, it can be the optimus g with one of samsung’s super amoled hd displays like what motorola is using, and a full body removable backplate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/capurrense.feliz Gerardo Alfredo Gonzalez Bonin

    Nahhh I dont believe it for a sec. TOo high specs for a NExus

  • servo36

    don’t ever buy a LG phone, the tmobile g2x was the biggest pile of crap I have ever used….!

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      The Samsung Behold II was the biggest pile I’ve ever used.. O_o

      • servo36

        I guess what was so personally frustrating about the g2x was it had all the right sounding features
        stock android check
        dual core check

        very unstable phone!

    • Fuzzypaw

      LG has great hardware, their problem has always been terrible software. Stock android would remove that bugaboo.

      • Durandal_1707

        That’s what they said about the G2x. See how well that turned out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    I hope Google comes to their senses about sd card slots and removable batteries cause I’d love to get one of the new Nexi.

  • http://www.facebook.com/USA.SEA.EE Pierpaolo Piccirilli

    I read its battery is non-removable. If so, it’s just a useless toy to me.

  • warcaster

    Why would it have Jelly Bean? Google is supposed to release a new version of Android.

  • bmg314

    Any chance the next Nexus will come out of the Play Store for only $400? O.O

    • PC_Tool

      Better yet, as a global device? (HSPA+, LTE, CDMA, GSM)

  • Aar0nC

    Hmm hard choice! Optimus Nexus or Nexus HD MAXX…. Decision… Decisions…

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    Don’t be playing with my emotions, Smokey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AGx07 Chris Brown-Demoreno

    Well, if this is the next nexus, its my next phone

  • master94

    Remember the Nexus Prime lol now the Optimus Nexus… someone in the rumor dept likes Transformer Brand. CAnt wait for Bumblebee Nexus

  • godrilla

    LG plus nexus fixes the update thing so hell yes

  • james ortiz

    if it doesnt have softkeys im passing

  • Semianonymous

    Its gorgeous, but I haven’t forgotten about the G2X. I owned one of them. It was awful.

    LG never again

  • http://www.facebook.com/abhilash.raj Abhilash Raj

    Nexus devices never have any prominent branding on the face right ? I hope it doesn’t come like this snapshot :S

  • Durandal_1707

    What dreams are made of? More like nightmares! Anyone who buys an LG product after the disaster that was the G2x should have his/her head examined.

  • mbcls

    dont have much faith in lg. look at verizon intuition, what are they
    thinking?? and the stylus looks like 1 dollar from ebay. stylus with
    big head! those garbage captivate stylus

  • swagat

    i hope this is true :D