Google Nexus 4 sequel entering production? Nexus 5 on the way?

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nexus-4-interface.pngGoogle’s LG-built Nexus 4 handset was the smartphone bargain of last year, delivering premium features and the latest version of Android at a low, low price. But despite debuting in November, the handset may already be making way for a successor.

Reports are coming in that LG have already began to cease production of the smartphone in order to accommodate production of the next Nexus device. LG had already dropped hints that the Nexus 4 was the “first of many” handsets on the way as part of the new Google partnership, but no-one expected a follow up to arrive so soon.

Indeed, LG had no big smartphone showing at this month’s CES conference, instead promising a major launch at MWC 2013. Could that launch be the Google Nexus 5?

If so, what would see in the Google Nexus 5? The Nexus 4, showcased Android 4.2.2 – would the Nexus 5 be the lead Android Key Lime Pie device, the rumoured next-generation of the Android operating system?

Regardless, Google and LG will need to fix the supply problems that have plagued the Nexus 4 so far. The pair have struggled to fulfill pre-order purchases, while it’s near impossible to pick up the handset without it being tied to a contract, selling out of SIM-free stock almost immediately on two occasions from Google’s own Play Store.

We were very impressed with the Google Nexus 4, calling it our favourite Android handset of last year. You can read our full review by clicking here.

Via: CNET / International Business Times

Gerald Lynch