For the last two Nexus smartphones, Google have tapped their friends over at LG and as an owner of a Nexus 5, I think they've done a pretty good job. Nexus fans will no doubt remember the questions made of LG as we found out that LG was to be making the Nexus 4, however when it launched many were pleasantly surprised. It's now June and with Google I/O coming up fast, we're all looking forward to the next big thing from Google and Android. Which would of course mean a new Nexus device landing in the Fall, which the majority of us are predicting will be another device made by LG.
Today though, that's been thrown out the window somewhat as Ken Hong, Communications Director for LG, was recently interviewed by a Dutch news outlet and had something interesting to say about the Nexus 6, or whatever it's going to be called. When asked about it he said "I know at least not yet. Normally, we were informed. That can mean two things. Either I got ignored, or we simply won't be making it." There's a possibility of course that Google and LG are already working on something, but we have to thing that a memo – at the very least – would have passed across Hong's desk concerning the next Nexus device. If LG haven't been tapped for the Nexus 6, it could mean that Google is looking elsewhere, as less than 6 months doesn't give LG a lot of time to put a device together, even one as minimalistic as the Nexus smartphones tend to be.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Hong seems fine with the idea of letting someone else take the Nexus reigns, having this to say about the supply chain issues at launch "Google determines how many phones are to be made, and we do that. If it is stated that LG produces too few Nexus phones, the media then is simply incorrect. We get asked, we deliver." He also went on to say that building the Nexus can be good for your reputation, but not so good for your bottom line, "f you can develop a Google phone that gives credibility. But money you earn is not easy, and you become too dependent on Google." With HTC rumored to be producing a new Nexus 8 tablet for Google, it could be possible that they'll be producing the next Nexus device as well, but right now we've got little to go on. Would you like LG to produce another Nexus device? Let us know!