LG took the wraps off its flagship device, the G2 which has taken the mobile world by storm owing to its superb performance. The credit for that should go to the Snapdragon 800 chip humming away nicely under the hood of the device. Naturally, there has been a growing clamor for the Google edition of the same as the S800 chip working to the tunes of pure Android Jelly Bean would have made for a really juicy proposition. LG though have dashed their hopes stating in clear terms that their immediate plans with the G2 right now is to seek maximum market penetration though only via carriers. However, LG PR spokesperson Ken Hong has also added that things could change in future, which means we can keep our hopes alive.
The only other option for those yearning for a pure Android Jelly Bean experience is to opt for the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the HTC One apart from of course the Nexus device. Both Samsung S4 and the HTC One used to be carrier oriented when launched though things have changed so that Google edition of both can now be picked up. As such, a similar sort of thing with the G2 can’t be ruled either once the dust settles down after the initial hoopla.
From LG’s point of view, it’s quite justified for them to concentrate on marketing the G2 through carriers as of now. It’s their latest flagship device and is already up against some formidable competitors such as the HTC One (the Galaxy S4 does seem covered right now). Moto X too is making a lot of noise right now and while the Motorola device can’t be considered a direct competitor of the G2, the former still can sway the purchasing decision in its favor of many a prospective G2 buyer. Then there also is the iPhone 5S device that Apple is expected to launch this fall.
In such a scenario, it could be a month or two later than we can come to the real picture, and a Google Edition version of G2 does look feasible that much down the road.