The Nexus 5 rumor mill has been churning quite a bit lately and there are currently several conflicting reports in the forefront. Rumors have pinpointed two manufacturers as prospective makers of the Nexus 5: Motorola and LG. While previous reports have largely indicated that the LG may produce the device, the most recent news now indicates that Motorola may be the manufacturer.
Motorola As Nexus 5 Manufacturer
Following reports from Dutch tech website Tech Tastic, which proposed that an ominous leaked device with a plastic back panel and LG branding was the Nexus 5, well-known informant @evleaks has cleared up confusion on Twitter indicating that the device is actually likely the still unreleased LG Optimus L9 II. In addition, the tipster added his own claim that the Nexus 5 “looks to be a Motorola handset.” Amid the recent release of the 2013 Nexus 7 tablet, he suggests that the device could be a Nexus 5 or possibly even a second-generation Nexus 4.
While this is far from a confirmation; there are others who claim that the next Nexus device may be produced by Motorola. Taylor Wimberly of Android and Me has also proposed in early August that Motorola will deliver a Nexus device in the fourth quarter, which will not be associated with the Moto X. Currently neither informant, both considered to be reliable, have produced further information about their predictions, which leaves many wondering what prompted this declaration from @evleaks.
LG As Nexus 5 Manufacturer
Meanwhile, recent reports siding with LG as the manufacturer of the Nexus 5 also include a number of specs such as display size, processor and materials. Vietnamese tech site Tinhte.vn suggests that the Nexus 5 will feature a 5.2-inch display like its prospective cousin the LG G2 and will also pack the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor; however, the Nexus 5 is expected to feature a different design overall. Some have considered that the Nexus 5 may be inspired in design by the LG G2, but the device isn’t expected to have buttons on its back like the LG G2. According to this rumor we will likely see a Nexus 5 similar to the current Nexus 4, with front and back panels made of glass and a slim profile and thin bezels similar to that of the Nexus 7. The Nexus 4 is made of glass, likely in order to differentiate itself within the aluminum and polycarbonate saturated market. It seems plausible that future Nexus devices could continue this tradition. However, with the manufacturer uncertain from generation to generation, this cannot be confirmed.
Concrete facts about the real Nexus 5 are notably lacking. Despite reportedly being only two months away from being unveiled, there is little-to-no widely accepted information available for the Nexus 5 except it is expected to launch in early October running Android 5.0 ‘Key Lime Pie.’ Considering the state of the rumor mill, we may want to consider also taking those reports with a grain of salt as well. However, Google does have a pretty consistent summer and fall release schedule for its operating systems.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.