Nexus program to see “huge changes”; LG Optimus G Nexus coming in Nov
Excited to learn about the next Nexus? Well, the next Nexus phone will indeed be made by LG and will be called LG Optimus G Nexus, claims Taylor from AndroidAndMe, who has essentially confirmed it with a handful of sources. The LG Optimus G will supposedly boast a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP camera, a brilliant 4.7″ IPS+ HD display, and a slim body. The phone will arrive in November and most probably, it will be an unlocked GSM phone, sold directly through the Play store, and not tied to a carrier.
But that’s not all. The phone will come loaded with Android 4.2. Its going to be a small upgrade over 4.1 and it could bring with it better power management, a new version of the Google Play store, new features geared towards a new Nexus program, and lay the foundation for Android 5.0, which is supposed to come out in Q3 of 2013. The home screens will be tabbed instead of being multi-page.
We will also see some sort of a “customization center” that allows you to choose from a stock Android experience or a custom skin from the manufacturer of the phone (Sense, Moto Blur, TouchWiz, etc). Previously, it was revealed that the new Nexus phone and Android 4.2 will be unveiled in the next 30 days but it looks like Andy Rubin may come on stage at AllThingsD’s Dive conference at this month’s end to talk about the new Nexus program and the LG Optimus G Nexus.
The new Nexus program will utilize a more open approach that’ll allow almost any manufacturer to take advantage of it, as long as they follow some strict policies, like, they will have to include a stock Android experience and 64MB of secure memory for media streaming. They can include their custom skin as part of the previously cited “customization center” to give consumers a choice between stock Android and skinned Android.
Update 1: A source got access to the new LG Nexus phone handed out for testing and this is what he has to say:
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
On examining the EXIF data of a sample photo, it was found that the camera is of 8 megapixels.
More details will be available soon, hopefully.