With the Galaxy S5 revealed and the iPhone 6 still months away, the rumor mill is setting its sights on the next Nexus, or perhaps Nexii, if you believe the latest word out of Europe that Google and LG are working together on a Nexus 6 to be introduced at the same time as a Nexus smartwatch in the second half of this year.
A report out of Germany claims that LG and Google will team up again for the successor to the Nexus 5 after a pretty successful run collaborating on the last two Nexus smartphones and the Google Play edition LG G Pad. Android head Sundar Pichai confirmed that the new Nexus was in the works to a French site last month.
Just as we initially heard the Nexus 5 was based on the LG G2, the German report says the Nexus 5 will resemble a stripped-down LG G3, which has yet to be officially announced. I’ll be taking this with a grain of salt, as in the case of the Nexus 5 it seemed as though Google’s engineers weighed in pretty heavily on the final design, and the Nexus 5 wound up being pretty different from the G2 in a number of ways.
Not surprisingly, Lenovo, which is in the process of purchasing Motorola from Google, does not appear to have anything to do with the next Nexus. The same report also suggests that Google could be working with LG on a smartwatch to be released alongside the Nexus 6. Interesting that Google might consider mimicking Samsung’s approach to bundling the flagship phone and watch given that there’s been no real proven market demand for such wearables just yet.
It nonetheless makes sense that Google would be looking into different wearable form factors, but I’m also still left wondering when the masses might finally get a chance to don Google Glass, which we’ve been seeing and hearing about for much longer than the Google smartwatch at this point.
The date to mark on the calendar for now would seem to be June 25 – 26 when Google holds its I/O conference and we’re likely to hear about some, or all, of these new products.