LG wants to be Google’s next Nexus partner

LG, which was once a leading player in the mobile space, has yet to make a real splash in the Android era of smartphones. The company is looking to change that, however, with the next Google Nexus device. “We’re heavily in discussions,” the head of LG’s smartphone division Ramchan Woo said in an interview with CNET. “We’re working on it.” Google’s partners have been concerned that the company will let Motorola, which it recently acquired, get access to the latest Android updates before other vendors. Partnering with LG would stem speculation that the search giant is playing favorites, although Woo warned that there has not been any commitment made thus far. Read on for more.

Almost every manufacturer layers Android with a custom skin to differentiate itself from the pool of handsets. LG is no exception and believes it can build a better user interface than Google. “We know the customer data better than Google,” Woo said, claiming that some people are uncomfortable with the stock Android experience. LG does, however, acknowledges the delay between updates, in most cases due to skins, and is looking into it. Woo promises that customers with an LG smartphone can expect an upgrade two to three months after the release of a new version of Android — a promise we have heard time after time.

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