You may have seen the news recently that LG may once again be returning to the helm of the Nexus juggernaut to produce the second – yes, the second – Nexus device of 2015. We were already pretty sure that Huawei was making the Nexus this year, but new rumors are claiming that Huawei will build a larger-screened Nexus and LG will build a smaller-screened Nexus: that's right, an actual LG Nexus 5 (2015). There's a few reasons this would be the best news ever, which we'll discuss below.
Yeah, I said it. I know the battery sucks, but for that price, with that performance and a future-proof rating like basically no other phone around, the Nexus 5 is for many the best Android phone ever made.
Hot on the heels of the Nexus 4, another brilliant Nexus by LG, the Nexus 5 demonstrated just how awesome stock Android could be and just how awesome it could be on an LG-made Nexus. The Nexus 5 was the Nexus that went mainstream and we still love it.
The LG G3 was one of the best Android phones of 2014 and the LG G4 looks like it could be one of the best of 2015. Sure, that pesky Snapdragon has bothered some, but there's no way the Nexus 5 (2015) would be rocking a first-quarter processor (we're expecting the Snapdragon 820). Put that in a cheaper G4 and tell us it's not drool-worthy. Now we just need that battery…
Despite making very good phones like the Ascend Mate 7 and P8, Huawei is still viewed with a little suspicion, especially in the US where a spyware scandal rocked the boat several years ago. While Huawei is a very reputable brand with great devices, it is possible that US customers might not be so ready to invest in a Huawei-made Nexus as they would if LG made it.
Of course, if Google is eying the Chinese market for its Nexus range, this is a bonus, not a hindrance (it also lends credibility to the possibility of two Nexuses). Not to mention that the paranoid probably have more to worry about from Google and the NSA than from any real or imagined Chinese bogeyman.
Even though the Motorola-made Nexus 6 is a great device, it split the Nexus fan base into two camps: those that could handle the size and those that couldn't. Offering two Nexuses satisfies both camps, one of which includes the Asian market which traditionally prefers larger-screened smartphones and is already familiar with Huawei.
The problem with a Moto-made Nexus is that it's basically the same as the Moto X of the same year, because Motorola devices run pretty much stock Android. So what's to make you buy a Moto X when you can have a Nexus instead (or vice versa).
Sure, smartphones are getting bigger. We've seen this consistently in recent years, but really large phones like the Nexus 6 are always going to appeal to a much smaller minority than the ''regular'' 5-inch variety.
If the LG Nexus 5 (2015) does come in at 5.2-inches, as it is rumored to, we can likely expect its footprint to be no bigger than the original LG Nexus 5. This is a size that is infinitely pocketable and still easy to operate one-handed. Offering two Nexuses, one for the large-screen obsessed and a smaller variety for smaller hands and pockets makes a lot of sense.
LG has told us in the past that it is open to further Nexus partnerships with Google, and we for one, hope these rumors turn out to be true. What do you think?