While the Nexus 5 launch is just a few days away, recent rumors suggest the Nexus 4′s life could be extended for just a bit— there was a filing for the device at Bluetooth SIG. Earlier this year, the Nexus 4 received Bluetooth 4.0 certification. This filing could mean LTE support is finally coming to the device.
This of course is good evidence that the Nexus 4 with LTE and the Nexus 5 will be sold alongside each other in the Play Store, making for a very nice potential smartphone lineup from Google.
Last week we heard a rumor that Google would offer the Nexus 5 in both 16GB and 32GB varieties, but each variant would sport a different sized battery (2,300mAh/3,000mAh). Pricing would be $299 and $399 respectively. Fast forward one week and the Nexus 5 rumor freight train continues with a different take. The latest comes from AndroidGeeks, suggesting that the 16GB version will go for $399 and the 32GB version will set you back $449. Nothing was mentioned about the different battery sizes, but that’s not surprising as that seemed far-fetched.
Another interesting tidbit is in regards to the Nexus 4. One of the biggest complaints of the Nexus 4 was that it didn’t have LTE. Back in April, it was rumored that Google would unveil an LTE version at Google I/O, but that obviously didn’t happen. However, an LTE version of the Nexus 4 might still be in the cards as AndroidGeeks says that Google will announce it alongside the Nexus 5. According to them, the Nexus 4 LTE will be priced at $299 for 16GB and $349 for 32GB. This would make a compelling buy for those that want to save a few bucks.
via: GSM Arena
Last week, Google applied a $100 price cut on both the 8GB and 16GB versions of the Nexus 4. The speculation is that Google wanted to clear them out, and it looks like they succeeded, at least for the 8GB version.
You will no longer find it in the U.S. Play Store, and The Verge is reporting that it won’t be restocked. You can still buy the 16GB version for the sale price of $249, but we have no idea how long that will last.
Update: the 8GB version is still available in the UK
source: The Verge
Yesterday, Google decided to drop the price of their Nexus 4 by $100. That’s good news for most, but at first glance, not for people who have recently purchased the phone. Google cares and understands, as they have decided to give a $100 refund to those who have purchased a Nexus 4 in the last 15 days, or since August 12.
If you’re one of these people, you have 15 days, or until September 10, to claim your refund. You must manually request a refund, it’s not automatic. Go to the source link to submit your refund request.
Source: Google Support
Google’s getting ready for their new phone, which is supposed to still be months away. The price of the Nexus 4 was cut $100 in the Play Store, to $200 for the Nexus 4 8GB device, and $250 for the 16GB version. That’s contract-free for both. This is an amazing deal for a stock phone that’s sure to keep receiving prompt updates.
Remember, the Nexus 4 only works in AT&T and T-Mobile networks, and doesn’t have LTE functionality. If that’s fine with you, and you’re ready for a new phone, click the link below to take advantage of the great deal.
Source: Play Store (8GB), Play Store (16 GB)
Yesterday, an update started rolling out to new Nexus 7 devices to address the multi-touch and GPS issues the new device has been subject to in its first few weeks in the hands of early adopters. Several other Nexus devices also started to receive an OTA update earlier this week to address some security issues. The factory images for all of these updates have now been posted over to AOSP, including the JSS15Q image for the Nexus 7 2013 version.
According to sources, the updates not only address the issues already mentioned, they also took care of some crashing issues involving the devices’ clipboard, tweaked App Opps permissions and some other miscellaneous bits. If you are still running your device on the stock Android install, you can continue to wait for the OTA to hit your device. If you are not afraid to tinker with loading a factory image or your device is rooted and not able to get the OTA update, you may want to head over to the Google Developers site to grab the files.
source: Google Developers
Aside from the occasional legal quirks and roadblocks, owning a Nexus device is great because you’ll always have access to factory images of your device in case you ever need to completely undo any customization or just want to start from scratch. If you happen to own a Nexus 4, 7, 10, or a GSM Galaxy Nexus, you’ll now have access to those factory images for the latest version of Google’s Android 4.3.
The Nexus 4, all older versions of the Nexus 7, the Nexus 10 and the Galaxy Nexus all have images with the build number JWR66Y. The new 2013 Nexus 7 has a different build number, build JSS15Q, but still serves the same purpose. If you’re looking for any CDMA variants of any Nexus devices, you’re unfortunately still out of luck.
source: Google Developers
Just yesterday an OTA update which addressed security issues was rolled out to the T-Mobile Nexus 4 and is now being pushed to other Nexus devices, including the Nexus 7, 10, and the Galaxy Nexus. The changes are unconfirmed at this point, but the update is known as JWR66Y. We do have the download link below to manually update your yakju Galaxy Nexus.
Source: XDA – Galaxy Nexus / PhoneArena
An OTA update for the Google Nexus 4 started rolling out to users today to address security issues. The information about the update comes to us from the T-Mobile site and follows on the JWR66V update that updated the Nexus 4 to Android 4.3. This latest update, JWR66Y, only clocks in at 1.8MB, but T-Mobile is recommending users have at least half a charge available on their devices. In addition, the Nexus 4 cannot be rooted.
We will keep an eye out for the security fix to roll out to other Google Play Edition devices.
Over in Google’s Chromium bug tracker, an entry has shown up suggesting Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie may already be running on some Nexus devices. The entry is included in a bug report regarding a notification the developers wanted to remove when a user is logging in to Chrome. In verifying the issue has been addressed, several devices are listed which have been tested and are working as intended. Even though the new Nexus 7 comes with the latest, greatest Android build, 4.3, the entries for the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 4 report the Android build number is KRS36B. For the other devices, a trio of Samsung units, the build numbers all start with the familiar letter J associated with Jelly Bean builds.
Could the build number starting with a K be an indication that Key Lime Pie is already running on devices within the halls of Google as a test platform for other apps or is this just a typo?