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LG developing phone for Google

SEOUL — LG Electronics Inc. is developing a Nexus smartphone for Google Inc., becoming the third manufacturer to build phones for the US company, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

The device, to be shown this month, is based on LG’s Optimus G model, said the person, who declined to be identified because the project isn’t public.

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For LG, its first Nexus project would deepen a partnership with Google as the Seoul-based company tries to compete with Samsung Electronics Co. Google has previously developed phones with Samsung and HTC Corp. to help maintain the dominance of its mobile operating system against Apple’s ­iPhone.

A spokeswoman for LG and a spokeswoman for Google both declined to comment.

LG’s Optimus G, which went on sale in South Korea last month, has a 4.7-inch screen and runs on a processor made by Qualcomm Inc. for fourth-generation long term evolution, or LTE, networks offering faster Internet connections.

Devices running Android controlled 64 percent of the smartphone market in the second quarter, compared with 19 percent for the ­iPhone, according to Gartner.

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