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Google I/O is next week, and among other things, the official Google developer conference has often served as an introduction for new Nexus hardware. But with the rumors of the "Android Silver" program floating around, which is said to completely replace Google's manufacturer-agnostic developer hardware line, we couldn't help but wonder if any of Google's OEM partners were working on new Nexus devices. We asked Ken Hong, Global Communications Director of LG, to shed some light on the subject. Here's what he told us:

We’re not really sure what the status of the Nexus program is. We’ve been hearing a lot of speculation about its future but that’s a Google decision, not LG’s. As of today, there are no Nexus devices in our immediate pipeline.

LG has been one of Google's most frequent hardware partners, developing the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones, various Google TV devices, the Google Play Edition of the G Pad 8.3, and one of the two known Android Wear devices, the upcoming G Watch. It would be hard to imagine that they weren't at least considered for a new generation of Nexus tablets or smartphones. This is an unequivocal denial of any forthcoming LG Nexus phones or tablets, not the usual "no comment" we receive from a company with active hardware in development.

Jackie_and_Me

Right: Ken Hong, Global Communications Director, LG. Left: some other guy.

Photo credit: AnandTech

LG is also one of the rumored partners for Android Silver, so we asked Mr. Hong if such a device might be re-classified for the new premium Google-sanctioned hardware line. While his answer wasn't declarative, it was much more in line with what we'd expect from a company with related hardware on the horizon.

Google would be in the best position to answer this question since I cannot confirm or deny LG’s involvement in any program which to date has only been speculation.

Online tipster Evleaks, whose record with unconfirmed hardware is pretty gilded itself, says that an LG device for Sprint will be among the initial run of Android Silver hardware.

This time last year, the rumor mill was positively overflowing with news about the refreshed Nexus 7 hardware from ASUS, which was revealed shortly after I/O. Unless Google and its partners have become uncharacteristically good at plugging leaks, we're not actively anticipating any new smartphones or tablets at the San Francisco event (though appearances from LG's G Watch and perhaps Motorola's Moto 360 are a good bet).

Our previous reports on Android Silver, corroborated by two reliable external sources, would seem to be born out by a lack of new Nexus hardware at I/O.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • fidyyuan

    That other guy is Jackie Chan....

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      You don't say.

    • Derp

      No. Shit.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

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    • Thomas

      I thought it was Jet LiT

    • Jordan Khoviteri-Zadeh

      That's not Kim Jong-Il?

    • Chris

      Flagged

    • Scott

      herp derp

    • Marco Mattietto

      Sarcasm.jpeg

    • CPTOBV

      Thank you, Captain.

    • Tony Byatt

      Wooooosh...

    • Metoş

      You're an idiot.

    • Nes

      That's pretty racist man, not all Chinese people look like Jackie Chan.

    • Simon Belmont
    • Hobie Helbich
      • ThoFeelExp

        Close enough

    • tdurden64111

      No it's not, do some actual research... It's Chris Tucker.

  • Jephri

    I think the nexus line is done. But I can dream that Google is now partnering with Sony to make the next nexus device and that is why LG isn't making it.

    • Brad

      you spelled nightmare wrong

      • Jephri

        What? Your snark makes no sense.

        • overtook

          He means its a nightmare not a dream...

          • Jephri

            I know what he means, why would a nexus 6 styled after the Sony Z2 be a bad thing?

          • Chris

            Because the G3 is amazingly more appealing than the Z2. And any other phone for that matter.

          • Jephri

            Don't understand the LG love. Still can't forgive them for the nightmare that was the G2x.

          • http://www.thejunglephoto.pw Thejungle

            Noone loves LG. These folks above are just collectives. ;) LG is quite good, but Sony... oh yeah. This changes game rules. They are rocking more and more from one year to another.

          • sweenish

            Opinions are wonderful.

            Mine is that the G3 still has LG's software reputation to contend with and I still wouldn't buy or recommend a phone from LG.

          • Abhijeet Mishra

            Only reason IMO would be the extremely bad ergonomics of the Z2, same for the M8 for that matter. Big phones with slippery metal or glass backs, with a blockish design in case of the Z2, make for extremely bad handling all in the name of good looks.

          • tdurden64111

            It would.

        • ThomasMoneyhon

          I actually think HTC should do another nexus phone. They have shown they have the design chops, even when they put out a plastic phone, as the nexus would be instead of the milled aluminum of the m7/8 lines.

    • Jephri

      I think I may have started a turf war between LG and Sony fans

      • Brad

        Problem is, I have allegiance to neither. I like my Nexus 5, but Sony has yet to wow me... LG doesn't have anything I'd want, either.

        • tdurden64111

          Really? I love my Moto X, and while it's not quite enough to make me switch, the LG G3 is extremely badass.

          • Brad

            Eh, it's a little weird. I'm more traditional. I did love the Moto X...

  • jonathan3579

    Sigh...

    • mountainloafers

      It's like a figure eight in here...

  • Derek Duncan

    The refreshed Nexus 7 did not get introduced at I/O last year. It was an event a month later.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      Hmm, you're right. They must have blurred together in my mind. Updated.

  • Fiorta

    Oh well. Good hardware at cheap prices was good while it lasted

  • overtook

    Didn't LG officially say that they weren't making the nexus 5, then BAM!

    • Marcelove

      Yeap, its hilarious that people still believe at LG about rumours when we are speaking about news of Nexus devices... 😐 Or people have a really short memory..

    • Simon Belmont
      • Chazz Matthews

        No they didn't. That's the mistranslated denial.

        • Simon Belmont

          Fair enough. You better go tell every post that mentions that.

          So far, I see about fifteen. Hahaha.

    • Chazz Matthews

      No, last year they never said that. Their comments were mistranslated. They even said their comments were mistanslated, but as they couldn't confirm or deny, the media kept repeating the mistranslated denial. I pointed this out several times last year.

      If you look, they still are not denying THIS year. They are saying "immediate" pipeline. Well 4 or 5 months from now is not "immediate". ;)

      Also, only ignorant people expect new devices at :/ I. New hardware comes AFTER.

      • ThomasMoneyhon

        I expect an LG G watch at I/O on final hardware, functional demo of the moto 360 on still prototype (near final) hardware, demo of android TV, its date (fall) and hardware partners, more procrastination with glass (no consumer release still), hopefully a story Google can tell about their tablet strategy.

      • sweenish

        It's actually hard to predict. The original Nexus 7 was an I/O reveal. The next one was not. Phones are always fall/winter. Glass was an I/O reveal. Android Wear is very likely to be brought up at I/O and have the first media hands-on.

        Some people are still holding out that the 10" tablet simply got moved to the spring to have a unified tablet launch with the smaller device.

        No, it's not just ignorant people. Google has simply not been consistent with whether they will use I/O to reveal hardware or not.

        • Simon Belmont

          Well said. And factually backed up.

          I/O has hosted some new hardware. Just not always.

  • Milton P.

    If I am not mistaken Nexus devices are presented in the autumn season, Am I right?

    • Trent

      The Nexus 7 refresh has historically (well, there have only been two Nexus 7s so far, but still) happened at I/O, with the phone having its own event in October/November time.

      • Guest

        Last year's I/O didn't announce the 7, it was announced at a breakfast event I thought alongside the Chromecast.

        • Simon Belmont

          That's correct. The Chromecast and Nexus 7 2013, AND Android 4.3, were announced at the Breakfast with Sundar Pichai event.

          I/O was SUPPOSED to have the launch of the new Nexus 7 and Android 4.3, but it got pushed back at the last minute. Even some of the break-out sessions that were supposed to highlight GPU improvements in Android 4.3 during I/O last year ended up having to say "future Android release" instead, because of that.

      • hp420

        Not true. Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S were both revealed at I/O...only LG's devices weren't.

        • Simon Belmont

          The G'Nex and Nexus S were revealed the forth quarter of their respective years (2011 and 2010). Not at I/O.

          I'm sorry, but I don't think you're right. Cheers.

          • hp420

            Announced and launched are two entirely different things. The Galaxy Nexus was FOR SURE at Google i/o. I vividly remember them talking about ICS and the GN on stage at i/o!!

          • Simon Belmont

            No. I/O 2011 showed off Honeycomb 3.1, not the G'Nex.

            It was in fall of 2011, my friend, for the G'Nex. ICS was only ANNOUNCED as coming, but not shown at I/O 2011.

          • hp420

            argue with the facts if you'd like, but you are 100% wrong.

            http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_I/O

          • Simon Belmont

            No where in that link does it say the Galaxy Nexus was unveiled in I/O 2011. It was handed out in I/O 2012 as a gift, and that's it. You can watch the entire I/O 2011 keynote. It's not in there, and ICS is only briefly mentioned as merging the best of Honeycomb and Gingerbread.

            It wasn't unveiled until fall 2011, dude. You're just wrong.

          • sweenish

            No, it's not. And why bother bringing in all this other I/O hardware? Those aren't the point of contention. You're wrong on when the phones get announced.

            Wikipedia and I already show you wrong on the Nexus S. The exact reveal date for the Galaxy Nexus was 19 Oct. 2011. It was launched in Nov. 2011. It was then given away to I/O 2012 attendees where they receieved preview updates to Jelly Bean 4.1.

            I/O 2011 had a discussion of Ice Cream Sandwich and that it would unify Android again, but no mentions of a Galaxy Nexus. That's per your link.

            The article you linked to only specifies that the Galaxy Nexus was given away, not announced or launched. We are arguing with facts. You're making assumptions on erroneous memories and the wrong Wikipedia articles.

            This is the article you want:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nexus_phone

            You'll see that with the exception of the Nexus One, all Google phones have launched in the fall/winter. Click through to the full article for each phone. Zero of them state that a Nexus phone was either announced or launched at I/O.

            To use your own words: "argue with the facts if you'd like, but you are 100% wrong."

          • hp420

            You are talking about launch, and I am talking about announvements....two ENTIRELY different points!! I never said Nexus devices don't launch in the fall...don't put words in my mouth!!

          • sweenish

            Did you bother to click through? NONE OF THE PHONES WERE ANNOUNCED AT I/O. They were all announced IN THE FALL, about a month before launch.

            I also SPECIFICALLY STATE ANNOUNCE in my post, not launch. It's in the first paragraph. I mention a phone launch in the second paragraph, to provide a timeline to your own erroneous claims. That timeline also includes the announce date, which still shows you wrong.

        • sweenish

          Not true. The Galaxy Nexus was revealed in the fall at an event co-hosted by Samsung. Wikipedia tells me that the Nexus S was introduced in Nov. 2010 at a Web 2.0 Summit.

          Phones are ALWAYS in the fall.

          • Simon Belmont

            Ha! I think you and I posted the same thing at once.

            Internet high five (^5). *slaps!*

          • hp420

            They LAUNCH in the fall...they are unveiled far earlier!!
            http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_I/O

            Nexus One, My touch, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, chromebook, motorola droid, HTC Evo 4g, Nexus Q, Samsung Galaxy tab, Samsung chromebox, Samsung GS4 GPE, and Chromebook Pixel were all unveiled at i/o. Many lauched later in the year, but were first announced in June.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Just for clarification (I'm not being ironic here, I really want to understand): why should we believe he's telling the truth? If they were making a new Nexus, why should he say "no comment" instead of denying like that? Is there a rule that says "if a company is producing something then says it isn't, they're mean and will be punished!!" - it's not that I want to believe in a new Nexus or anything, I just want to understand where this trust comes from.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      I've met Ken personally. I think if he knew about Nexus hardware being developed, he would have said "no comment," as he did when we specifically mentioned Silver.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Oh, ok. Thanks =)

    • cesium

      In answering your question about a rule, technically it could get them in trouble under securities law for misleading investors about the existence of a material development (a new phone). In all likelihood it's not actually material given the small impact that the phone sales would have on total company activity, but companies generally stick on the side of caution, i.e., silence is golden. It's a big reason that most companies say "no comment" on a rumor rather than outright denying them.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Ahh, excellent! Now I see. That is a big reason indeed.

      • TheyCanSayWhatTheyWant

        They said they weren't making a Nexus when they were making a Nexus 5, so no.

  • http://twitter.com/yo2boy_ yo2boy
  • Yuval Rozin

    A. LG said that on the N5
    B. They might be unclear because of the Android Silver thing they don't want to spoil.
    C. If the rumours about an HTC Nexus tablet are true, isn't it possible that they would also make the next Nexus phone?

  • Qbancelli

    It's OK. I'm very happy with my Nexus 5.

  • Mark

    Maybe ending the Nexus program will be a good thing. Both the Google Nexus 4 & 5 were plagued with problems, ie Bluetooth, GPS, cellular. I'm still waiting on fixes for Bluetooth and poor cellular perfornance. Personally, I wasn't planning on buying another Nexus device ever again.

    It sounds like Android Silver would provide a better experience. My hopes are that this would prompt Google to put together a more solid product, instead of the half-baked Nexus program.

    • Metoş

      I totally respect your opinion. It's okay if you want horrible updates and extreme lag. And locked bootloaders that can't be unlocked at all.
      /s

      • Mark

        Cool, thanks!

        Many Android device manufacturers have been doing much better in regards to updates, ie Moto X T-Mobile variant already got updated to 4.4.3. Also, you can get a Developer Edition variant from Motorola. There are other phones that'll let you unlock the bootloader too. My point is, there are other options at your disposal.

        I have been testing out the Moto X and have yet to experience the "lag" you're describing.

        • Metoş

          No, I'm NOT bashing Motorola! What the heck are you talking about?
          I read somewhere that Google will allow (even though a very little amount of) bloatware gor the Android Silver program. That is why I think El Goog should stick with Nexus.
          Also, if I remember right, I've heard somewhere that a Verizon device's bootloader can't be unlocked. I can't remember it right, but still, bloatware slows down a device. Just look at Sammy.
          Motorola is a great OEM on its own. The Moto series of smartphones can make nice substitutes for Nexus.
          You make the picture.

          • Mark

            You said:

            "It's okay if you want horrible updates and extreme lag."

            That sounds like you are lumping together all non-Nexus phones. I think you're getting Bloatware and Front-End Touch Interfaces mixed up. What slows down a device the most are components of front-end touch interfaces like Motoblur, Touchwiz, etc. Bloatware doesn't help performance in most cases, but can usually be natively disabled in Android.

            If Android Silver materializes, then the devices should run almost as fast as Nexus devices because there shouldn't be any Touchwiz, Motoblur, etc.

          • Metoş

            Hopefully.

        • hp420

          Other options cost 2-3x the price of a nexus...I don't have that kind of money!!!

          • Mark

            Really? 2-3x the price? Two weeks ago there was a $100 discount on the Moto X Developer Edition making it $349. The OnePlus One will be $349 for a 64 GB model. Should I keep going?

          • hp420

            The Moto X is a 2013 phone with 2012 specs, wasn't worth a penny over $200 from the moment it launched!!! The One Plus is a single exception to the price rule, but offers absolutey 0% guarantee of any community driven development beyond god-awful CM.

            ....so yes, keep thinking, because you seem hard pressed for TRUE Nexus competitors!! A phone bearing a low price tag isn't exactly the only thing the Nexus line offers, you know!!

          • Mark

            Agree to disagree on the Moto X. I personally think it runs more reliably than the Nexus 5 does. I also think CM is a good ROM.

            You're dodging my original point. I said there are other options out there with unlocked bootloaders that aren't "2-3x the price" of a Nexus. Considering how many unsolved issues the Nexus 4 & 5 have, I'd rather buy one of the alternatives in that "Nexus price range" or pony up for an Android Silver phone that ideally would have fewer issues.

    • hp420

      My Nexus 4 is far from plagued with problems, and never has been.

  • WestFiasco

    If the silver program is the first step towards getting Android devices the same software support as Apple devices, I'm all for it.

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    "Left: some other guy."

    That made me laugh a bit more than I would have liked. :D

  • Metoş

    SOME OTHER GUY

  • br_hermon

    Not trying to be a jerk but... "...would seem to be born out by a lack..." maybe you mean out "of" or just remove the word "out" entirely? Something's off there.

    • Vocab Pedant

      Actually it should be "borne out".

  • jimsis

    I'm thinking the next Nexus will be from Motorola. Nice sweetener on the Lenovo deal.

  • Arthur Z

    Isn't what they said a year ago and than lg nexus 5 came out?

  • The Dude

    If the next Google device is truly branded "Silver," than he could be telling the truth... no more Nexus in the pipeline

  • Cesar

    "Some other guy." You jokesters.

  • Marcus Allen

    Some other guy😤 How dare you mock the drunken master

  • Simon Belmont

    Ha! "Some other guy."

    Didn't LG deny the existence of the Nexus 5 around this time last year, too? Yup, they did, actually. See: http://www.slashgear.com/lg-denies-nexus-5-plans-but-teases-android-tablet-and-mystery-phone-28283878/ .

  • Tony

    If this is true, can we all please take a moment to honor the last of its kind, the most amazing budget phone to ever be created, Nexus 4 and its incredible successor Nexus 5. *wipes tear from his face*

  • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony

    LG also stated they were not involved in manufacturing the Nexus 5 a few months before the leaks started appearing, so I wouldn't put much stock in these recent statements.

  • Badouken

    LG just doesn't consider the nexus line "devices" anymore, more of a way of life.

  • tdurden64111

    Seriously? "Some other guy"? Let me help you - it's Chris Tucker...

  • RH

    There are no Nexus devices in the pipeline.
    Well, maybe because Google said the Nexus name was dead?

  • Chazz Matthews

    It's not up to LG to announce Google's plans. Last year, LG never specifically denied they were going to make the phone. It was REPORTED incorrectly LG denied involvement in the Nexus 5, but a correct translation showed Asia corporate speak for "We neither confirm nor deny". The MISTRANSLATED answer was widely reported as a denial.

    Even if LG is making the Nexus 6 this year, they cannot say so. It's not an LG-branded product. It's a Google product. They are sworn to secrecy.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Wait isn't that Jackie Chan on the left?

  • 5am

    You don't know Jackie Chan?!?!?!?!
    "Left: some other guy"
    smh....

    LG said the same thing about Nexus 5
    bunch of liars. Can't trust LG.

  • Sachinabc

    Right: Ken Hong, Global Communications Director, LG. Left: some other guy.
    Really? That's Jackie Chan for God's sake.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    But the next Nexus phone not not be unveiled until towards the end of the year - as has become pretty traditional by now with Google? I wasn't expecting any phone announcements at IO. A tablet maybe - but not a phone.

  • Zac Fowler

    Looks like Jackie chan

  • Zi Hao

    That is Jackie chan not some other guy man!

  • FrillArtist

    For fvcks sake, how can you not know Jackie Chan?!?! You must live under a rock.

    • VI

      Comments like this are why we need a sarcasm font.

  • wmn

    Even if there is a Nexus 6, I'm sure LG wont make it. Google wont give 3 consecutive Nexii to one company......I think.