Why an LG Nexus 5 at Google I/O could just be rumours

I have been a little surprised that LG might be producing a new Nexus 5 phone to be presented at Google IO. In this post, I will be doing something that can quickly backfire, which is putting down 5 reasons why LG Nexus 5 seems a unlikely at this year’s Google I/O conference that starts next week.

The rumours really started with a reputable source called @EvLeaks – which often accurately leaks new phone models before they are presented to the public. It started with the picture below posted by Evleaks on their Facebook page.

Rumoured LG Nexus 5
@Evleaks

1. Is it the LG Optimus G2

It might not be the Nexus, it could be the LG Optimus G 2. If you look at the image above it shows LG logo at the front. That is not how Nexus phones usually show of the manufacturers logo. The logo is usually on the back of the phone.

This is meant to reaffirm the Google Nexus brand more than the manufacturers brand. Also the screen size is supposedly 5.5 inches. That actually is closer to the size of LG Optimus G and hence its likely this one is actually the Optimus G2 phone and not the Nexus 5.

2. Google X phone or Motorola’s new phone

Google might be releasing a new phone from Motorola. It is very unlikely that Google IO will feature two phones. Guy Kawasaki who works for Motorola has teased on his Google+ page that smartphones should be customizable like cars leading to rumours that Motorola’s next phone will be just that. Also Google’s CEO Larry Page has talked about a new phone from Motorola and even hinted it will be unbreakable.

3. Its too soon for Nexus 5

The Nexus 4 was released in the first week of November 2012. So a Nexus 5 will be only after 6 months. Some might like the idea but people who bought the Nexus 4 will actually not like that. If they have bought a phone, they do not expect a newer model to come out only in a few months.

LG Nexus 4 did not ship with LTE and we might see Nexus 4 with LTE upgrade being announced at the Google IO conference.

4. LG is not necessarily going to make the next Nexus 5

Nexus phones are meant to be Google phones. But the manufacturer is not constant. For instance previous Nexus phones have been manufactured by HTC and Samsung. So it is not necessary that Google will repeat LG for Nexus 5 though it the success of Nexus 4 might work in LG’s favour.

5. Google IO is about developers not phones launches

Google IO traditionally is not about phone announcements. Usually they introduce a new Android version at Google IO. Last year they introduced the Nexus 7 tablets but no phone. The real purpose of Google IO is to get developers introduced to a new Android version and changes to Chrome.

So despite the rumours I think a LG manufactured Nexus 5 phone just might not happen at the Google IO this year. Though as I said earlier, this post could quickly backfire with Google announced an LG Nexus 5 phone at their Google IO keynote address.

Do drop in your comments.

Micromax Canvas HD A116: Quad-core, Android Jelly Bean, 5-inch display, priced at Rs. 14000

Packed with a Quad Core processor, the Micromax Canvas HD A116 smartphone is a real smasher in the Micromax arsenal. This Android Jelly Bean powered A116 smartphone comes with great features. The phone has a 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor, 1 GB RAM, 5 inch screen and runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. These are surprising features for a phone that is priced only at Rs 14,000 ($260).

A116 - Front View
Front View
Micromax Canvas HD A116 - Back View
Back View

Canvas HD A116 Specs and Features

  • The phone packs a 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor.
  • Supported networks are 2G/3G, WiFi enabled, Bluetooth 4.0. It also supports dual SIM.
  • The screen is a 5-inch IPS screen which is multi-touch enabled. The screen resolution is 720 X 1280 pixels.
  • Primary Camera is 8 MP with LED flash and secondary one being 2 MP.
  • Internal memory is 1.77 GB with 1 GB RAM. Thankfully it is expandable upto 32 GB.

The disappointing part of this phone is that it does not have a Gorilla glass which I think is a must for touch devices. Also its performance on how well it will handle the powerful Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean version is still unclear.

The real attractive feature of this phone is its price at Rs. 14,000 ($260). The phone will literally cost half of what most other high-end phones with similar features will cost. But this is not exactly a replacement for a high-end smartphone device either.

Link: Canvas HD A116

65% people can’t live without their iPhone

I have heard of iPhone users falling in love with their phone. But the true extent of iPhone craze can be only understood, when a survey shows up that 65% users cannot live without their iPhones. Smartphones purchases also are affecting other types of gadgets. For example 60% of iPhone users will not buy a MP3 players and 55% users will not buy a camera.

Here are more such interesting statistics about smartphones and their users in a infographic by Coupon Audit.

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What do you think about smartphones? Do drop in your comments.

Related: Infographics on Devils’ Workshop

LG’s ‘Smartphone Idea Camp’, win prizes worth Rs. 15 lakhs

LG India has launched a new campaign ‘Smartphone Idea Camp’ which is an online contest for its costumers and tech enthusiast people. In this two month long contest, consumers can suggest a unique application, feature, design or user interface ideas that they desire in their phones. The best ideas will get LG Optimus Smartphone and a prize value of Rs. 15,00,000. Also they will be shortlisted for the second round which’s a 3 day long workshop in New Delhi.

LG Smartphone iDEACAMP

The campaign started on 1st of August 2012 and will end on 15th of September 2012. To participate in this contest go to www.lg.com/in/smartphoneideacamp.jsp and click “GO ON! SHARE YOUR IDEA”. Please note that this contest is for Indian residents only. You can take part either individually or in a group (max. 4 people). LG will select top 40 best ideas based on imagination, creativity and utility.

If you are from India then I think you should definitely give it a try. If your idea gets selected then you can win cool prizes plus you’ll soon see a Smartphone with your own suggested feature in it. ;)