Yet the relative success of LG and Google’s collaboration seems to have buried any hard feelings that Google might be harbouring about collaborating with other phone manufacturers, and now the latest rumour suggests that the Nexus 5 will be hitting our shelves TODAY!.
After Google mistakenly posted the LG-manufactured Nexus 5 in its Google Play Store last week, we are 99% certain that the device is just around the corner.
Now the latest rumours point to a Halloween launch on TODAY (Thursday 31st October).
But is Google just double-bluffing us to put us off the scent following its earlier mistake?
Update 7th October 2013
Google has been quiet about the upcoming Nexus 5, but various sources cited by TechRadar recently suggest that we will see the Nexus 5 introduced publicly at some point this month, with the device hitting the UK shelves as soon as the 30th October.
It has also been suggested (unsurprisingly by @evleaks) that the Nexus 5 will be launched alongside the Asus Nexus 10 tablet.
If this is the case, then there's really not long to wait!
An image that has surfaced online has led to speculation that the Nexus 5 will in fact be a modified version of the LG G2.
Not only was a video previewing Google's new Android KitKat accidentally demoed on a G2 device, but this leaked image, as well as poast events, suggest that the rumours may well be true.
The Nexus S was based on the Samsung Galaxy S and the Galaxy Nexus was based on the Samsung Galaxy S2, so we know that Google has done it before and is likely to do it again, this time with the LG G2.
The LG G2 is a high-end 5.2-inch smartphone released just last month. It features a 2.26GHz quad-core processor and a 13MP camera, so if it's that the Nexus 5 will be modelled on, it can't be a bad thing.
Is this the Nexus 5? Leaked images from infamous rumour site @Evleaks suggest that this could very well be a glimpse of the new LG manufactured Nexus 5.
However, it is unusual to see such prominent LG branding on a Nexus phone, leading us to believe that this leaked photo might well be the LG Optimus G2.
Either way, the image doesn't give us many clues to back up or contradict the many floating rumours regarding Google's newest Nexus release.
The Nexus 5 is apparently going to have a smaller 4.5 inch 720p display, slightly down on the Nexus 4’s 4.7 inch screen. It is also said to have a 1.5 GHz Quad-core processor, a 2,800mAh battery, and will run Android’s upcoming Key Lime Pie.
Google’s decision to make the successor to the Nexus 4 smaller is a controversial one; following trends from other major manufacturers such as Samsung and Apple, bigger appears to be better.
However, insiders have suggested that the Nexus 5 will not be a top-end device released into the market, explaining its far from ground-breaking features.
The outstanding feature that the Nexus 5 is alleged to feature is a 9MP CCD (charge-coupled device) rear facing camera which, again, is a move away from the traditional CMOS sensors usually found on smartphones.
The Nexus 5’s camera will allegedly feature a triple sensor, and it is also said to be made by the king of camera manufacturers, Nikon.
We have seen HTC break the norm of piling on the megapixels into its smartphone cameras with the HTC One’s 4MP rear-facing Ultrapixel lens, so plans for Google to break the mould aren’t that unlikely.
What does seem odd, though, is the fact that Google would choose to offer such an impressive camera on a mid-range device that features only average specs.
GPS Assisted camera
News has broken this week of the Nexus 5 featuring not just a 9MP camera, but a lens which used the device's in-built GPS and internet connection to make the camera that bit smarter.
The rumoured Nexus 5's GPS-assisted camera will be able to gather weather information within your locality, combining this intelligence from the temperature and brightness sensors. This will enable the camera to to adapt the brightness, contrast and colouration of your photo in order to produce the best image possible.
If this feature is set to appear on the Nexus 5, we could be in for a treat. Do you think a Nexus camera coul d beat the likes of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.
Updated 9th August 2013
According to Taylor Wimberly, the next Nexus smartphone will be made by Motorola, but it will not be a Google edition of the Moto X.
The Google+ post was discovered yesterday (8th August), but doesn't give any more details away than that.
The popular Nexus 4, manufactured by LG, has today been released in white. The device, which shares the exact same specs as the original Nexus 4 released last year comes at an odd time if a Nexus 5 is in the pipeline for Google.
The real shocking news, however, comes from Kim Wong, an executive at LG Electronics, who has stated that the company has no intention of building the Nexus 5. So where does that leave the next Nexus?
The Nexus 5, it is rumoured, will be unveiled to a waiting audience on October 31st, alongside the new KitKat version of Android.
Although the rumours haven't been confirmed by Google, the fact that a mystery device sporting the new version of Android was spotted in a Google-made video suggests that the two releases will go hand in hand.
The only question now is: will October 31st be the date?
Updated 7th April 2013
Leaks about the Nexus 5 are all making different speculations about when the Nexus 5 will be revealed officially, though some rumours are suggesting that we might get a glimpse of the device in the second half of this year, perhaps even at Google's I/O event in May.
And the fact that the LG Nexus 4 has disappeared from UK retailers such as Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse surely backs up the concept that a new Nexus smartphone is on its way?
However, leaked names appearing on the AnTuTu Benchmark website suggest that we could see the Nexus 5 here sooner than we thought.
The device listed on the benchmark sites is called the Google X Phone. Now there have been many rumours regarding Google's takeover of Motorola, with hints that the Motorola X phone will be Google's next release. But could the Google X device be the next Nexus collaberation between the online giant and Motorola?
How much of an impact will the Nexus 5 make? Already this year we have seen some impressive offerings in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. So how successful the Nexus 5 will be if it does turn out to contain these specs and dimensions remains to be seen.
The latest leak comes after Google announced that its Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus will appear in the Google Play Store this summer; now analysts are suggesting that a HTC One Nexus is in the pipeline.
Although the Taiwanese company has firmly denied these rumours, @LLabTooFeR, a well-known HTC leaker, has claimed that a HTC One Nexus is a fact, not just a rumour.
Factors in favour of a HTC One Nexus include the fact that HTC is reportedly not doing as well as it hoped with its flagship model, and is therefore interested in schemes that will keep the firm in the game against competitors like Samsung and Apple.
However, it is clear that at present @LLabTooFeR is the only source making any noise about a potential HTC One Nexus. And with Google’s announcement about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus coming as such a shock, if there is a HTC One Nexus on the way, I expect it will take us by surprise also.
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel