Dec, 18 2012

By now, you know the drill — everything discussed in the post is in no way based on factual or tangible evidence of any kind. It’s all hearsay. All rumor mill. But still kinda fun. Now that we got that out of the way, it’s time for some late-night Android gossip.

Yesterday we told you guys about some alleged “insider information” regarding Google’s plans on handling Nexus devices from here on out. Supposedly, big G will allow for multiple Nexus devices, as long as they abide by Google’s “Nexus commandments.” It was also whispered that LG will be first out the gate with a Google flagship device they’re calling the LG Optimus G Nexus (terrible name, we know). This will essentially be a rebranded LG Optimus G, only with stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and direct updates straight from the mother ship.

Today, we’re hearing some more “leaked” details on LG and Google’s joint device, making it sound just a little more believable than before. Taylor at Android and Me has once again nabbed the exclusive, receiving a sworn testimony from someone who was able to get a little hands-on time with the device. Here’s his full account:

“I can confirm the next nexus is LG Optimus based. The phone looks surprisingly like the Galaxy Nexus and does not have sharp corners like the LG Optimus we already know. It has a silver ring like the iPhone 3G around the outer edge of the screen which seemed to be similar to the Galaxy Nexus in size but was much better in brightness.

I couldn’t have said if it was larger in the few minutes that I had the phone. Also, it has Nexus written on the back like the Nexus 7 except there is a color element to it. The ‘X’ is in four colors. There was also the LG logo on the back.

Android 4.2 in its current state looked exactly like the 4.1.1 we love. There were no tabs on that build version for home-screens as you suggested from your other tipster. What I was amazed by is how fluid everything seemed to be from exiting apps, switching, etc. It seems like they’ve increased the number of transitions and their types. It still had the hodge-podge mess of multiple communication tools: Messenger, GTalk, Voice and SMS.”

When it comes to the camera on the device, some of you might be disappointed to know that a picture was taken with the device, but the EXIF data revealed it was only an 8MP photo. Keep in mind the LG Optimus G comes in 2 varieties, one featuring an 8MP shooter, the other with a 13MP one. It looks like Google opted for the lesser one. But don’t fret, as long as Google/LG gets the sensor tech nailed down, 8MP is fine enough for me.

So what do you guys think of this newly “leaked” information, bogus? Are you excited about what’s to come? I’ve played with more than a few LG devices, and I must say they have a great build quality to them (we just know LG’s reputation when it comes to firmware updates). Once again, we wont have to wait much longer to find out what Google has in store for the world and the next revolutionary Nexus.

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