In a month from the time of the release of this article - that's October 17th - the folks at Ubuntu will be releasing the newest desktop OS version 13.10, and along with it an image of Ubuntu Touch. This mobile software will be available "ready to install" on devices we've seen running early versions since January of 2013. This means the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets (2012 editions, at least), and the LG Nexus 4 will be ready to roll by Halloween with full smartphone-optimized Ubuntu.
Appearing in the most classic of phone leak locations, the Nexus 5 appears to have popped up in a bar, complete with LG branding on its back. This device rings true as a device we've seen a couple of times before in early testing and/or Google public dogfooding. The specifications of this smartphone are as-yet unknown, but have been tipped to replicate those of the LG G2 rather closely.
LG's "G" brand continues to represent the cutting edge in top-tier smartphone hardware. LG cut the mold for the Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor last year with the LG Optimus G, brought one of the first Snapdragon 600 quad-core processors to the market with the LG Optimus G Pro, and again aim to be the first with the newest in new Qualcomm processor technology (in the USA) here at the tail end of the summer in 2013. That processor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and this smartphone is the LG G2.
There should be little doubt that Google is planning on continuing their Nexus smartphone program well into the future - that much is clear. What's not as clear is their release schedule and manufacturer choices - the pattern we've expected to find appearing several years ago with a new OEM for each device being doused again and again. This week we're seeing further confirmation - thanks to the FCC - that Google may be working with LG once again for their Nexus smartphone line in the Nexus 5 rather than switching over after the Nexus 4 (also made by LG).
It's not often that a device is so highly anticipated that more than one person creates a freestyle rendering of it before its even confirmed to exist - but that's just what's happened this week with the LG-made Nexus 5. This device has been tipped to be taking on the specifications of the LG G2 for the most part, and has appeared quite possibly on purpose, but supposedly on accident - inside a teaser video for Android 4.4 KitKat. Now the user-made models can pour in.
As the dust of IFA slowly settles down, we turn our attention to something that passed us by rather quickly: the appearance of what is allegedly the Nexus 5. Keen observers noted in Google's Android 4.4 KitKat video what seems to be a Nexus smartphone featuring a rear design that has not yet been seen. It seems that that cover has made its way into the FCC as the LG D820.
LG took a backseat in Android tablets for a while, but now the company is back with the LG G Pad 8.3, a higher-than-Full HD slate borrowing tech from the LG G2 smartphone. Having flirted with dual camera arrays and glasses-free 3D displays, LG has gone back to basics with the new G Pad, aiming for long battery life and great image quality. Announced last week, we grabbed some hands-on time at IFA 2013 today, so read on for our first impressions.
In today's obligatory unveiling video of the new Android statue for Google's lawn full of statues of desserts, a new Google smartphone has appeared. This may very well be the next-generation Nexus device as it does indeed have the word Nexus written on it - though in a bit of a cut with what may be some black tape over the logo for secrecy. This device looks to be replicating the look (and perhaps the feel) of the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7, what with its massive back-facing camera land and horizontal logo (which is also massive).