LG is making the next Google Nexus smartphone and plans to launch it on 29 October, according to a French newspaper and others.
The device, said to be modeled after the LG Optimus G device, appears to have a slightly curved top and bottom edge in photos
published by PocketNow
and the French paper Le Figaro
Several LG officials at the MobileCon show in San Diego refused to say whether LG is making a smartphone for Google.
At an event sponsored by LG Wednesday night, the company showed off its upcoming Optimus G. That device has a straight top and bottom edge, unlike the curved edges in the photos of the next Nexus phone.
Analysts at the LG event said the the powerful 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro Snapdragon processor that runs the Optimus G probably won't run the rumoured new phone, variously called the Nexus 4, Nexus G or Nexus X.
The analysts said they expect that Google smartphones will run a Nvidia quad-core processor.
If the rumoured 29 October launch date proves true, the event would coincide with Microsoft's formal announcement of Windows Phone 8.
Google now owns Motorola, which would seem to be the most likely Nexus 4 maker, though Google may be working with Samsung, HTC and LG as well, according to analysts.
LG is fifth in worldwide market share among cell phone makers, behind Samsung, Nokia, Apple and ZTE. The Optimus G is seen as a way for LG to improve its standing.