Reports out of Korea today are claiming that in the coming months, Google will team up with LG to launch Android Pay and a new LG Nexus phone. You may remember the hugely popular Nexus 5 was made by LG and many Android enthusiasts have been clamoring for an updated version of the phone ever since the disappointingly large and expensive Motorola Nexus 6 was launched last year. With multiple leaks all seeming to confirm that, we’ll see a successor to the Nexus 5, and fans just may be in luck.
According to the leaks we should see a 5.2″ 1080p P-OLED panel, 4 GB of ram, up to 64 GB of storage, a 3,180 mAh battery USB Type C, and a Sony IMX278 sensor with f/1.8 aperture lens. Powering the newest Nexus will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 620. Qualcomm has recently gotten a ton of heat for their subpar Snapdragon 810 processor that has been widely reported to run so hot that thermal throttling is a major issue. Fans will be relieved to know that in recent benchmarks that the 620 “comes close to, or actually beats the Snapdragon 810 as benchmarked in the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro”.
One question people are being forced to ask themselves is “what took so long?” Google had a gigantic lead on Apple’s mobile payment platform and squandered it. Google Wallet has been around since May 26, 2011 and now they’re going to be behind the 8 ball because they’ve let Apple come in and dominate mobile payments. Any entry into this growing segment is going to be seen as a late push to claim what Apple has trail blazed so far, whether that’s true or not.
This is yet another example of Google’s rollout of a feature that could be game changing, only for them to limit it to the United States and not put any real development or advertising behind it.
Source: Business Korea