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Google turns to LG for Nexus 6, report says

New report out of Germany alleges Google will partner with LG on its third consecutive Nexus smartphone.

LG and Google rumored to produce a third Nexus smartphone.
CBS Interactive

Don't look now, but the Nexus smartphone rumor mill is churning yet again.

According to a recent Gizmodo Germany (translate) report, Google has tasked LG once again with designing the next-gen Nexus handset.

Details, as is to be expected, are sparse: Allegedly, the device will be a "lightweight" version of the LG G2. Specific hardware that a phone like this might use is anyone's guess. For what it's worth, rumors point to a Quad HD (1,440x2,560 pixels) display, a 64-bit processor, and a 16-megapixel rear camera.

Google and LG have become quite cozy over the last few years, resulting in the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and a Google Play Edition LG G Pad 8.3. Based on this history, and factoring in the new report, it sounds as if LG is the front-runner for the next Nexus.

As to when we'll actually see this new device is yet another mystery. Google's Sundar Pichai was recently quoted (translate) as saying the so-called Nexus 6 would not arrive before the third quarter. Keep in mind that the annual Google I/O conference takes place in late June this year. Maybe we'll see the Nexus handset shown off at this developer conference with promises of availability in the ensuing weeks.