LG and Google are in the news again, and this time it doesn’t appear to be because of the rumored “Optimus Nexus G” smartphone, a near carbon copy of the unreleased, previously announced Optimus G. According to Le Figaro, a French newspaper, LG and Google would be coming up with a device called the Nexus 4 and releasing it later this month.
The device, said Le Figaro, will be released on October 29, and may possibly be launched on the Google Play Store. It would also be shipping with the newest version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This would make the “Nexus 4” or “Google Nexus 2012” the first-ever Google-branded Nexus smartphone to be launched globally. While this does sound like a longshot, other publications have come up with their own Google Nexus rumors. Android and Me claims that the Nexus 4 would be unveiled in public, also on October 29, at the D: Dive Into Mobile expo in New York City. This phone, whether it is a legitimate device or not, is one of several Nexus phones expected to be released in the remaining months of 2012.
Although Nexus phones traditionally do not come with the highest of the high-end specs, these devices are usually specced out well enough to still fall into the high-end category. Nexus phone owners are also typically first to get software updates and new operating systems. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was one of the first devices to receive upgrades from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Returning to the Nexus 4, there’s a chance this might be the so-called Optimus Nexus G that both LG and Google may be releasing soon. The spec list, though sketchy, appears quite similar – unspecified, yet large HD display, quad-core processor, vanilla Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a rear and front camera. As October 29 its little over two weeks away, this story may unfold a little further in the coming days.