Just days ago, the possibility of a Nexus 5 seemed slim, yet a new report on Friday suggests LG has been working on a follow up to the Nexus 4 for at least a month. Conflicting reports are simply part of the biz. Though now that the Google Editions of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One have been announced, will the Nexus 5 even have a place in the Play Store? Yes, and maybe no.
The Nexus 5 prototype has allegedly been shown to Google CEO Larry Page, though it’s unclear how that meeting went. A potential follow up to the excellent Nexus 4–apparently 3 million units have already been sold to date–would certainly have its own place among the more well-known vanilla devices. For one thing, it’ll likely come priced much more competitively than the Google Editions of the S4 and HTC One, if Google and LG keep the pricing model the same as the Nexus 4.
Perhaps the arrival of Android 5.0, thought to be Key Lime Pie, will indicate when a new Nexus will arrive. We’re expecting Android 4.3 to be a minor update to Android—it’s possible work on a bigger software update is behind schedule or, heck, right where Google planned it to be. Right now, the stock S4 and HTC One handsets can quietly tide folks over until a Nexus 5 does appear. When that will be remains unclear.