Now that we know that LG will be making the Nexus 5 (2015), we can get to thinking seriously about why this is such good news. Looking at what LG is good at, what the Nexus line stands for and what Google will have learned from last year is revealing. So here's our list of what LG will bring to the Nexus 5 (2015).
The number one thing that LG will bring to the Nexus table is experience. LG has already made two great Nexuses in the past – the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 – so LG, more than anyone else, knows what Google wants.
You also know that having been through this process twice before, LG must be feeling a little empowered. If Google has come back for a third run, LG should have a little more say in things. This is a good thing, because LG knows more about making phones than Google.
2. Burnt fingers
LG was also on the front lines of the Throttlegate scandal involving the Snapdragon 810. Appearing first in the LG G Flex 2, LG learned before anyone else how to manage the fallout of the thermal throttling scandal. LG wisely avoided the 810 at all costs for the LG G4.
Of course, LG says it built the G4 around the 808 from the beginning. You can believe that if you like, but at least you know that LG has sufficient history with both the Snapdragon 810 and 808 to make the right choice. We're betting on the 808.
3. The best camera
The camera in the LG G3 was great. The camera in the LG G4 is exceptional. The camera in the original nexus 5 was, well, OK. Then got better. If LG manages to get the Google budget to extend to including a G4-like camera module in the nexus 5 (2015), we could be looking at the best Nexus camera ever.
It's hard to say whether this will happen or not, because the leaked specs we've seen so far point to the LG Nexus being a bit more of a mid-range affair compared to the high-end Huawei nexus, but if Google were to splash out on any component, the camera should be it.
4. An instant fanbase
The original LG Nexus 5 was the mainstream breakout device for Google. Prior to it, the Nexus line had been a developer toy, Android fanboy gadget and generally unheard-of option. Suddenly Google's developer standard was at the top of the best Android phones lists for the year.
Knowing that LG is behind this year's Nexus will make a lot of people keen to buy one. And I mean a lot of people. It also stands to reason that both LG and Google wouldn't want to make the same mistakes they made in the first Nexus 5: bad camera and bad battery.
5. Stock KnockOn
KnockOn almost made it into the Nexus 6. in fact, we showed you how to get Knock On on the Nexus 6 a while back. All the necessary tech was in place but for some reason it didn't quite make it to the final version.
The Nexus 9 got it though, and with LG at the helm of the new Nexus you know that this Nexus phone is going to have double tap to wake right out of the box. As one of the best Android features ever, Knock On on the Nexus 5 (2015) is going to be sweet.
6. Battery prowess
As we mentioned above, we'd expect both LG and Google to want to address the problematic areas of their last partnership on a Nexus device. The camera got fixed up pretty well through software updates, but the battery to this day remains a joke on the Nexus 5.
I'm not saying LG has made incredible batteries in the LG G3 and G4, because it hasn't really. But if it could get back to LG G2-era battery life, this would be a huge deal. I'd even go so far as to say that both LG and Google might decide that a QHD display simply isn't worth the additional cost and battery demands that a 2K screen requires.
What else do you think LG will bring to the table? What are you expecting of the Nexus 5 (2015)?