Google may be looking to Motorola, not LG, to make the Google Nexus 5 smartphone, the successor to the LG-built Google Nexus 4.
That’s according to reliable Android pundit Taylor Wimberly, formerly of AndroidandMe.
“Motorola will release a Nexus smartphone in Q4 (that is not the Moto X),” says Wimberly on his Google+ page, as picke up by the AndroidCommunity site.
Keeping his sources close to his chest, can Wimberly’s claims be trusted? There’s certainly reason to believe so.
With Motorola now owned by Google, there’s a strong link between the two companies, with Motorola now seen as the hardware test bed for Google’s grand ideas. With the companies tied so closely together, it’s a safe bet to assume Motorola are intimately involved with Google’s future smartphone plans.
There’s also the precedent set by the Nexus line in the past – Google have had no qualms about shifting the Nexus build duties between a number of companies, including LG, Samsung and HTC. It wouldn’t be unheard of for them to shift it to another company again.
And yet, if you look at Motorola’s expected product schedule at the moment, it’s already incredibly busy. A Motorola Nexus 5 in Q4 would come hot on the heels of last week’s Moto X (pictured above) reveal, not to mention the line of Droid handsets the company are working on for Verizon in the states. This one could swing either way.