LG will build the upcoming Nexus smartphone, but it will be based on an unreleased prototype. A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the device is still in development, told AndroidPIT that LG would not base the 2015 Nexus on the company's current flagship, the LG G4.
The LG G4 has, until now, been the obvious choice as the blueprint for the next Nexus, what we have been calling the Nexus 5 (2015). But the upcoming Nexus will be an entirely new device. There has been no confirmation yet as to why the 2015 Nexus would not be based on LG's current flagship, when Google-selected manufacturers routinely do this each year. Even the Nexus 5 (2015) name is not official.
We've already posed a few educated guesses on the 2015 Nexus, including that it will be smaller and cheaper than the Nexus 6. The Nexus 6's popularity suffered in part from being so large a device. Likewise, its high price tag suddenly put it in a different league than the affordable, LG-built Nexus 5. To our minds at least, a cheaper, pocketable Nexus would be a wise move on Google's part.
There is no confirmation yet on availability, which typically coincides with the next version of Android, in this case the Android M release. The new Nexus and Android version has previously arrived in October or November, but Android M is reportedly slated for an August release. We'll keep you posted as more details arise.