For the past few years, Google hasn’t highlighted manufacturers of its Nexus devices in their monikers. Take the Nexus S for example which came out in 2010, it was manufactured by Samsung and the “S” was an obvious reference to the manufacturer’s Galaxy S line. Now, even in the Play Store, device monikers don’t hint at their makers, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the Nexus 5 are fine examples. Google may have its own reasons of doing this, but apparently LG wanted it shift from this tradition. Chosun libo, a major newspaper based in South Korea, claims that LG wanted that the Nexus 5 be called the Nexus G, an obvious reference to its “G” line of devices.
LG changed its own naming policy for its premium devices this year, dropping the “Optimus” moniker in favour of the alphabet G. Since then, it has unveiled devices like the LG G2, G Pad and the G Flex. Perhaps the company might have thought that since Google has previously allowed Samsung to brand Nexus devices, the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S to be precise, perhaps it might extend the same courtesy to it. The newspaper claims that while LG did discuss the idea with Google, the company denied and went ahead with the Nexus 5. The rest, as they say, is history.