Despite near universal praise of the Nexus 4, an LG executive has confirmed that it has no plans to follow up on its successful collaboration with Google for a new Nexus-branded smartphone.
“The Nexus 4 was a great success despite the production problems for us and Google,” Vice President of LG Mobile in Europe Won Kim stated in an interview with All About Phones. “However we do not need such a marketing success again.”
When pushed further to comment about Google’s collaboration with Samung and the Galaxy S4 “Google Edition,” Kim stuck with his statement saying that working with Google on its own higher-end phones for a pure-Android version of the LG Optimus G Pro, would provide “no added value for us.”
A spokesperson quickly clarified with The Next Web with a statement, saying: “What Mr. Won Kim said is that we are not currently working on a Nexus 5, which is true. But that doesn’t mean we would turn down the opportunity.”
Kim’s comments coincide with the unveiling of the white Nexus 4, the exact same build released last November. It will start being sold in Hong Kong on May 29th, and will see shipments around the world in the coming weeks.
We believe it’s still possible Google will work with other partners on future Nexus devices in the future, and we don’t see why a slight refresh of the Nexus 4 with LTE and more storage would be out of the question.