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Nexus 5: LG VP Says No, But LG Open to New Nexus

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LG will not make the Nexus 5 according to Won Kim, VP of LG Mobile Europe who took time to address a question about the Nexus 5 and a Nexus edition of the LG Optimus G Pro at a press conference this morning.

Earlier rumors from the Korea Times in early May claimed LG was planning to build the Nexus 5 for a release in 2013. This comes on the heels of reports earlier this year that LG would build a Nexus 7 tablet and a larger screen Nexus 5 device.

Read: Nexus 5 – 5 Things to Know

In an interview with All About Phones, Won Kim reportedly dismissed the idea of an LG Nexus 5, and any rumors of a LG Optimus G Pro Nexus edition. A Google Translation provides the following details about the Nexus 5 and LG,

“The Nexus 4 was a great success despite the production problems for us and Google. However we do not need such a marketing success again.”

The news comes on the same day the white Nexus 4 becomes official. The white LG Nexus 4 in will arrive in the U.S. in the coming weeks.

LG isn't working on a Nexus 5, but the company isn't in a position to turn down a chance to make the Nexus 5.

LG isn’t working on a Nexus 5, but the company isn’t in a position to turn down a chance to make the Nexus 5.

It’s odd to see a company step out and address a future product like this, even to dismiss rumors of a Nexus 5 coming from LG.

While Won Kim claims the company does not need the marketing success of the Nexus 4 to repeat as the Nexus 5, the company is in fifth place behind Apple, Samsung, HTC and Motorola with declining marketshare according in the U.S., according to comScore.

The LG Optimus G took four months to hit 1 million sales, while the HTC One hit 5 million in one month and the Samsung Galaxy S4 hit 10 million in a month as well.

While the LG Optimus G Pro hit half a million sales in Korea in under 40 days, from an outsider’s perspective the company still faces a challenge in the U.S., especially as the LG skin for Android appears to be a copy of Galaxy S4 features.

Soon after the interview went live, LG issued a statement to The Next Web which leaves room for a LG Nexus 5,

“What Mr. Won Kim said is that we are not currently working on a Nexus 5, which is true. But that doesn’t mean we would turn down the opportunity.”

We expect the Nexus 5 will arrive in time for the holiday shopping season, much like the timing for the Nexus 4 and the Galaxy Nexus before it. A Nexus 5 could welcome in a new version of Android, possibly Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie at the same event.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

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