Report: LG's Been Ditched By Google and Isn't Making the Nexus 5

By Sam Gibbs on at

After firing out the white Nexus 4 into the ether, it seems LG's not gotten the nod from Google for the fabled Nexus 5, which begs the question: Who's making Google's next iconic phone?

In an interview with Dutch site, All About Phones, Samsung's VP of LG Mobile, Won Kim, said that LG wouldn't be making the fabled Nexus 5, and that:

"We don't need that kind of marketing exposure anymore. The Nexus 4 was a great success, even with the supply issues and we have a great relationship with Google. But we won't make the Nexus 5."

While that's been contradicted recently by rumours from Korea, given that the white Nexus 4 was pushed out without an update at all, it kind of makes sense. LG essentially reckons it doesn't need a naked Android product to make money, and that it wants to put its own spin on Android to differentiate itself from the legions of other phone makers. Whether you agree with that, though, is another question entirely. LG did say it was open to another Google tie-up, if the father of Android ever fancied it.

Perhaps that's why Google's going to start selling a stock Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4? Either Google's getting back into bed with Samsung, or it could be discontinuing the Nexus line in favour of naked Android versions of other manufacturers phones? Interesting either way. [All About Phones via TNW]