Over a year ago, Google released its flagship Galaxy Nexus phone in collaboration with Samsung but it looks like they have now given LG the rights to build the next Nexus branded smartphone. Rumors from multiple sources claim that the LG made Nexus branded smartphone would be inspired from its flagship smartphone, the LG Optimus G.

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For those who don’t know, LG Optimus G was released last month. It’s packed with a 4.7-inch, 1280 x 768 LCD display with True HD and IPS, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm S4 quad-core processor along with 2GB RAM, latest Adreno 320 graphics and 13-megapixel camera.

Google might go with more than one manufacturer. According to the new rumoured Google Nexus program, any manufacturer can release Nexus branded smartphones as far as they meet Google’s standards which require the OEMs to use stock Android, 64 MB of secure memory for media streaming and support for customisation center. To ensure that their smartphone can be upgraded to Android 5.0, they would have to fulfil some other hardware requirements too. If the rumors of LG Nexus smartphone are true, it would probably be the first device coming under the Google Nexus program.

MoDaCo claims that it has confirmed the following specifications for LG Nexus smartphone from reliable sources:

  • Quad-Core processor
  • 1280×768 resolution display
  • 8 Megapixel camera
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB and 8GB Models ( no MicroSD card slot)
  • Non-removable battery
  • Last but not least: Wireless charging support.

Before LG, HTC made the first Nexus One phone, with Samsung following up with Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus smartphones and Asus with the famous Nexus 7 tablet. Google might be introducing Android 4.2 in Mid-November, so it is expected that LG Nexus smartphone will be announced alongside.