Could LG’s Optimus G see early Australian release as the new Nexus?

A few weeks ago, GadgetGuy had the opportunity to play with LG’s first flagship phone for the year, which sadly isn’t planned for release until next year. While that’s only a few months away, there’s a possibility Australians may see the device before 2013, thanks to Google.

Rumours are popping up on the web that the next generation of Google’s “Nexus” branded phones could come from LG, with suggestions that the Optimus G will be the framework used for this soon to be released handset.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google's first product to show Android's electronic on-screen soft buttons.

Google’s Nexus phones have so far been manufactured by HTC – which handled the Nexus One, which was later translated into HTC’s Desire – and Samsung, with the past two models – Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus – leading the next generation of Google’s devices from 2010 onwards.

Over in the world of tablets, Google tapped Asus to make its first Nexus tablet, which resulted in the Nexus 7, one of the first inexpensive HD capable touch screens to really bring Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” to the masses, something few other tablet manufacturers have picked up on this year, despite it being available since June.

Google's Nexus 7

Google is practically due for a new Nexus smartphone, with the Google-branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus arriving late last year, but the company has yet to confirm what manufacturer it’s teaming up with.

Suggestions are strong that it will be LG, especially with the Optimus G touting impressive specifications, including a slightly higher than HD resolution (1280×768) on a 4.7 inch IPS screen with roughly 318 pixels per inch (ppi), quad-core processing, next-generation Adreno 320 graphics chip, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2100mAh battery, 4G LTE, Near-Field Communication, and some impressive wireless connectivity with near instant screen sharing.

Unfortunately, LG has previously suggested an early 2013 release, but with suggestions that Google is teaming up to make the Optimus G the next official handset, this could mean it will make landfall in Australia just that much quicker, possibly before the end of the year. Of course, this is all speculation, but from our hands on with the device recently, it’s hopeful speculation.

Now all that’s left is to give it a name. Nexus G, anyone?

LG Optimus G: Google's next phone? We'll know soon enough.