LG reportedly calls time on Nexus 4 production; new Nexus incoming
According to BGR, LG are preparing to ramp down production of the Nexus 4 device, in order to make way on the production lines for a new Nexus device.
The International Business Times reports that the Nexus 4 has fallen down the pecking order at LG, and the manufacturer may now be focusing their efforts on other phones. This would be a huge blow to all who wanted to order a Nexus 4, which Google sell unlocked on their Play Store for $299.
The report mentions that LG are preparing to introduce a new Nexus device in February at MWC. The senior vice president for LG Electronics (LGE), James Fisher, says the Nexus 4 is ‘just the first of many’ Nexus devices that the company are working on in partnership with Google (who own the rights to the Nexus brand). This in turn spurs rumours that LG are working on another smartphone or tablet for Google.
"Through our collaboration with Google, we launched the LG Nexus 4 smartphone. This is the first of many devices to come from our growing partnership with this very selective company...at Mobile World Congress next month and throughout the year, you’ll see us bring to market more tier-one premium handsets in various screen sizes."
LG have had trouble manufacturing enough Nexus 4’s to meet demand; although recently clever XDA-Developers hackers have worked out, using serial numbers, that only 375,000 Nexus 4’s have been manufactured and sold.
We’ll have to wait and see what LG are planning at MWC next month, although given the Nexus 4 is only two months old, it may seem unlikely a new Nexus could be introduced so soon.