Google to partner with LG for next year’s Nexus 7 tablet?

Google NexusBoth last year’s and the new Google Nexus 7 unveiled last week were the result of Google’s collaboration with ASUS. A report now suggests that there could be some changes in the air for next year’s version. According to market analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo, Google will partner with LG on the next model.

It’s not the first time that rumours about a Nexus 7 Google-LG partnership have surfaced. A report early this year suggested that the two companies would unveil the Nexus 7.7 at Google I/O 2013. Needless to say, that rumour did not come to be.

Google and LG have already collaborated on the Nexus 4 smartphone. Past rumours have also suggested that the partnership will extend to the oft-rumoured Google Nexus 5 which would be based on the upcoming LG G2.

Key to Google’s growing relationship with LG appears to be the latter’s LG Display, part of the vast South Korean multinational conglomerate. Google’s new Nexus 7 sports a 7-inch WUXGA (1920×1200/323PPI) and the next tablet could push the boundaries of displays even further. LG Display is among the companies working on flexible displays and even higher-resolution mobile displays. For example, it could offer 6-inch displays offering WQXGA (2560×1600) resolutions with 500 PPI as early as next year. LG could even launch its first smartphone with a flexible OLED display sometime in Q4.

Kuo adds that the move would also allow Google to close the design gap with Apple to which LG Display already provides displays for iOS devices.

Source : 9to5Google