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After the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7: what will Google's Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.7 look like?

Has LG stopped production of the Google Nexus 4 handset? That question remains subject to intense debate, but what looks increasingly likely is that the South Korean firm will again partner the US search giant to produce the next string of Nexus devices.

Speculation is heating up that the next-generation Nexus 5 handset will be released at Google's I/O conference in May, though some pundits say it could arrive as early as next month at MWC. While other firms - like Sony and HTC - are also thought to be in Google's future plans, LG is being tipped to carry on its Nexus curatorship.

Indeed, according to senior vice president James Fisher, the Nexus 4 was the "first of many" products the two companies plan to produce together.

"Through our collaboration with Google, we launched the LG Nexus 4 smartphone. This is the first of many devices to come from our growing partnership with this very selective company," he said at CES last week.

According to Korean language forum Ruliweb, the Nexus 5 will feature a 5in,1080p display with a super-sharp pixel densisty of 440ppi. It will most likely to sport a Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset supported by 2GB of RAM, come with 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage, and pack a 13-megapixel camera that potentially rocks a new Sony Exmor sensor. The next Nexus handset is also a good bet to be the first device to run Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

Another product allegedly on the cards in the not-too-distant future is the Nexus 7.7, which will be the first generational refresh of Google's mould-breaking Nexus 7 mini-tablet. That will also be manufactured by LG if reports are to be believed.

As the name suggets, the Nexus 7.7 is rumoured to come with a 7.7in WUXGA screen featuring a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels at 294ppi. Like the Nexus 5, it is also likely to sport a Nvida Tegra 4 SoC and come with 2GB of RAM.

While it's always advisable to take future gadget speculation with a hearty pinch of salt, the Nexus rumours seem wholly believable: last year, the Nexus 7 made its debut at the Google I/O conference, accompanied by a then-new version of Android, Jelly Bean 4.1.

Early reports indicate that pricing is likely to closely mimic the 2012 Nexus products - let's just hope that supply issues like those that have plagued the Nexus 4 don't also follow suit.