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Nexus 5 Will Not Be Manufactured by LG, Says Won Kim

A couple of months ago a rumor that was backed up by some alleged leaked pictures of the Nexus 5 was indicating that LG will continue its partnership with Google and develop the next-gen Nexus smartphone. Let’s admit it, the Nexus 4 is indeed a great smartphone, this is way I was not surprised to hear that LG and Google will team-up again to develop the Nexus 5. Well, LG has denied the rumors saying that they will be developing the Nexus 5.

Won Kim, LG Mobile Europe Vice President spoke for All About Phone and confirmed that LG is not involved in the development of Nexus 5. Woo Kim says that even though the Nexus 4 was a huge success “we [LG] do not need such a marketing success again.” It’s interesting though that besides mentioning that Nexus 4 was a successful product, the same official also reminded there were several production issues.

The LG Mobile Europe Vice President also told All About Phone why the South Korean company will not manufacture the Nexus 5: LG want to implement their own user interface on its next flagship and they are probably ready to come up with features that are capable of competing against Samsung’s TouchWiz.

I am expecting the LG Optimus G2, a smartphone that will probably be announced in the coming weeks, to bring specs and features capable of making it a true Samsung Galaxy S4 rival.

Now, that Won Kim has officially confirmed that the Nexus 5 will no longer be a LG smartphone, we can’t help but ask what company will manufacture the next-gen Nexus smartphone. Or maybe the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is the Nexus 5. Or the Nexus 5 will not see the light of day at all, as it will be replaced by the Motorola X Phone.

Just in case you forgot, the LG Nexus 4 was officially announced in October 2012 synchronized with the debut of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The smartphone sports a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display with a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels and Gorilla Glass 2 protection. Nexus 4 is underpinned by a Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with four Krait cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, has an Adreno 320 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM. The internal storage options are limited to 8 and 16 GB because of the lack of microSD card slot.

In terms of connectivity, the Nexus 4 comes with DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC chip, and microUSB 2.0. The back of the handset accommodates an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and support for full HD video recording, while the front-facing camera is a 1.3 megapixel unit.

Nexus 4 is 133.9 mm thick, 68.7 mm wide, 9.1 mm thin, and weighs 139 grams.

Are you upset that the Nexus 5 will no longer be manufactured by LG? Which company will team up with Google to develop the Nexus 5 this year? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.