updated 07:40 pm EST, Sun February 26, 2012
No formal announcement yet
LG has reportedly confirmed that it is involved in ongoing discussions with Google in an attempt to be considered as the next manufacturer behind a Nexus device. LG's smartphone division head, Ramchan Woo, told CNET that the companies are "heavily in discussions," though he cautioned that a final commitment has yet to be sealed.
As Google's mobile operating system has continued to surge in popularity, the Nexus branding has maintained a status as flagship hardware that is designed to meet the search giant's highest demands for the Android experience. Nexus devices are also the first to arrive on the market with major updates to the operating system.
The company has yet to disclose the specific considerations behind its partnership decisions, though the chosen manufacturer has rotated from HTC, for the Nexus One, to Samsung for the Nexus S and current Galaxy Nexus.
Several rumors suggest Google may be collaborating with LG to expand the Nexus brand to include tablets and Google TV, which represent the two primary Android device categories aside from smartphones.
The next major Android update, known as Jelly Bean, is rumored to be unveiled as early as this spring, however Google typically introduces new versions at its I/O conference that is scheduled for the end of June.