LG Electronics Inc. is developing a Nexus smartphone for Google Inc., becoming the third manufacturer to build phones for the U.S. company, said a person with knowledge of the matter.
The device, to be shown this month, is based on LG’s Optimus G model, said the person, who declined to be identified because the project isn’t public. For LG, its first Nexus project would deepen a partnership with Google as the Seoul-based company tries to compete with Samsung Electronics Co. Google has previously developed phones with Samsung and HTC Corp. to help maintain the dominance of its mobile operating system against Apple’s iPhone.
Jinny Lee, a Seoul-based spokeswoman for LG, and Shari Yoder Doherty, a spokeswoman for Google, declined to comment.
LG’s Optimus G, which went on sale in South Korea last month, has a 4.7-inch screen and runs on a processor made by Qualcomm Inc. for fourth-generation Long Term Evolution, or LTE, networks offering faster Internet connections.News Tribune news services