The Nexus 5 launched on Halloween, as had been rumored. But while this latest Nexus smartphone has an appropriate name, both in regards to this being the fifth-generation and also because it follows the Nexus 4 — LG apparently had something else in mind. Details coming from the Korean language Chosun bring talk of the Nexus G.
This isn’t the first time we have heard talk of the Nexus G. In fact, there was some chatter about how LG was pushing for this name in the lead up to the Nexus 4. Basically, it seems they didn’t get their way last year, so they tried again this year. Google, obviously, nixed the idea and as we see, went with the Nexus 5.
Regardless of what you think about the Nexus 5 versus the Nexus G, that could have been a decent score for LG. That could easily have been a continuation of the current G branding they are doing. Not to mention, the Nexus 5 does have roots in the LG G2 so it would sort of make sense in that regard.
A Nexus G could also have kept LG more in the minds of Nexus users. It is no secret that LG made the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, however these handsets appear more often thought of as the Google phone, not an LG phone. At present the LG logo sits on the back (towards the bottom) of the handset.
While this doesn’t really change anything given Google and LG already launched the handset as the Nexus 5, looking back into Nexus smartphone history and we wonder if LG feels a bit burned. The original Nexus One was made by HTC, however Samsung entered for the second and third-generation models and did have some influence in the names. If you remember, they had the Nexus S and then the Galaxy Nexus.