If everything goes as per plan, LG’s new toy G3 will step foot in the second quarter of this year. There’s a strong rumor on the release date of the device. Some industry observers believe LG G3 will be released in May 2014. Two other devices are also slated to release in second half of this year. These devices are Nexus 6 and Moto X2. Thus, LG G3 may have to face stiff competition once it is out in the market.
The release date of Nexus 6 is crucial. As per reports, Google earlier decided to launch Nexus 6 in October 2014. But since LG is pushing forward the release date of its flagship G3 handset, Google may also push forward Nexus 6’s release. However it’s quite unlikely because of two following reasons;
Nexus series lineage – If we look at the Nexus series, we’ll find that Nexus devices are normally brought into the market in the last quarter of a year. Nexus 4 was released in 13th November, 2012. Nexus 5’s release date was October 31, 2013. It’s not clear why Google would go against this lineage.
Google I/O – Most analysts are of the opinion that Nexus 6 will be showcased for the first time at Google I/O which is scheduled to take place in June. If LG G3 releases in May and Nexus 6 also releases at the same time, it will hit the stores before being showcased at the I/O. That is very unlikely. Chances are thus slim that before October, Nexus 6 will hit the shelves.
If May or June release of LG G3 doesn’t facilitate Google Nexus 6 to arrive early, G3 would see a profitable market. Another thing that needs to be taken into account is LG’s involvement in the Nexus project. Nexus 4′ was manufactured by LG. If Nexus 6 and LG G3 launches at the same time, we may see one of them as complete iteration of the other. Thus, Google may afford time and study G3 once it is out and equip Nexus 6 accordingly.
Another set of rumors projects a complete different scenario in which Nexus 6 would be manufactured by LG. If that happens, we would see a lot of similarities between Nexus 6 and LG G3. The rumors bases itself on the fact that Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 were developed by LG and both of these devices are designed based on LG’s flagship product designs.
During the pre-release phase of Nexus 5 and 4, rumors were floating that LG G2 inspired Nexus 5 while Nexus 4’s design took the keynote of LG Optimus G. When the Nexus devices were released, consumers saw similarities.
It’s a bit difficult for Nexus 6 to follow LG G3’s footstep this time, chiefly because LG G3 is rumored to sport a slew of advanced features like 1440 x 2560 display, 5.5 inch screen, 3GB RAM and LG Octa-Core Odin processor. The device is said to be dust resistant and waterproof. If LG is the maker of Nexus 6, they wouldn’t put all those features as that would narrow down the market for G3.
If rumors turn true i.e. if G3 releaes in May, we could experience all its features first hand and speculate whether Google Nexus 6 would replicate them or opt for better ones.