With the Galaxy Nexus being over a year old now, rumors for the next device in the Nexus series of Android Experience smartphones are getting stronger and stronger by the day. Back in August, details regarding the specifications of the next Galaxy Nexus smartphone emerged online. Last month, we heard more news about the next Galaxy Nexus’ specifications and then, after a week, we saw an alleged photo taken using a Galaxy Nexus II.

Today, we’ve come across news that suggests that Google might be overhauling their Nexus program, and that the next “Nexus” might actually come from… LG!? Check out all the details right after the jump!

Yes, you read that right. According to AndroidandMe’s “regular source”, Google will be officially revealing Android 4.2 and a Nexus smartphone from LG at an event sometime in November. The announcement will also discuss an overhauled Nexus certification program which will allow smartphone manufacturers to produce their own Nexus smartphone, provided it meets strict guidelines from Google.

The source claims that smartphone manufacturers will have to use a completely stock version of Android (i.e. without any sort of TouchWiz / Timeshift / MOTOBLUR / Sense skinning on top),  have a secure 64MB of memory for media streaming, and meet other hardware specifications to ensure they can be upgraded to Android 5.0. Users who like their custom skins will be allowed to install them from a new customization center.

The LG Optimus G Nexus will allegedly be the first smartphone to come out from this program.

The non-Nexus LG Optimus G that is currently available has some of the best hardware specifications in the market with a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS+ LCD display, Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz processor, latest Adreno 320 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and a whopping 13MP camera sensor.

It can, then, be expected that the Optimus G Nexus will have the same, or at least similar specs. If that does turn out to be true, the Optimus G Nexus will be a huge jump over the Galaxy Nexus and be one hell of a smartphone!

AndroidandMe maintains that this device is likely separate from the Galaxy Nexus II which will come as a result of direct collaboration between Samsung and Google.

We’ll be closely following rumors and reports regarding the next Nexus smartphone, so stay tuned to Redmond Pie!

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