There’s a new version of Android due next month, according to rumours, and the LG Optimus G Nexus will be the first device to run it. Google is said to be holding a joint event with LG, where the Korean company will announce the new device, the whispers say.

Google will also revamp how it positions its Nexus family of products, letting anyone who wants to make Nexus devices do so. So, big changes ahead.

Android 4.2 is a minor update to Jelly Bean, rather than a whole new build of Android. Rumour has it we’re not due Android 5.0 until next autumn, which I suppose is fair enough, considering Jelly Bean is only on 2 per cent of devices so far.

Now, these changes to the Nexus brand. So far it’s been reserved for flagship devices Google has co-produced, like the Nexus 7 (with Acer) and the Galaxy Nexus (with Samsung). But from next month Google will let any manufacturer release devices as part of the Nexus program, the rumours say. All they’ll have to do is stick to standards laid down by Google.

To join the Nexus family, companies will have to make devices that use stock Android and 64MB of secure memory for faster media streaming. Though custom UI skins can be added as part of a new “customisation centre” Google will introduce.

These rumours come from “a regular source who has provided accurate information in the past” but wishes to remain anonymous, according to Android and Me.

LG introduced its Optimus G smartphone last month. Details on the Optimus G Nexus are pretty scarce though, other than it’ll run this new version of Jelly Bean. We’ll bring you more as we get it.

Link: Android and Me

  • Lexplex

    Android definitely has to try and reduce version fragmentation and rollout time to draw Apple fans away from iOS. It’s nothing but frustrating to get introduced to new features then have to wait six months (or longer) before being able to use them, especially when Apple rolls out new versions of iOS a few days after official announcements. Granted, it’s because Android is designed as an operating system which manufacturers then build their own features onto, but there has to be a middle ground. It’ll be interesting to see if they manage to pull it off.

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