Google aired a new commercial last night during the Grammys and the theme was Google Now and how useful it is in everyday life. The commercial shows how Google Now can help us know what the weather will be like, train/subway schedules, and language translations. Of course this is a Google commercial so they had to throw in a Google+ Hangout at the end of the commercial. The Nexus 4 was used in all the clips, but it’s not highlighted until the end. Hit the break for the 60 second clip.
If you’re gushing over Google’s latest flagship phone, the Nexus 4, then boy do we have some news for you. For a limited time, T-Mobile is offering the Nexus 4 16GB model for $49 after a mail-in rebate and a new two-year contract. This is by far one of the best deals available for the Nexus 4 considering Google sells the same device contract free from the Google Play store for $349. That’s a $300 discount.
Keep in mind that this deal is meant to attract individuals coming to T-Mobile for the first time and not so much those looking to upgrade. This deal lasts through February 18th, 2013 and is available as a web-only offer so head on over to T-Mobile and take advantage of this once in a lifetime deal.
Google’s latest powerhouse has formally reached a major milestone. While certain fans out there have been critical about its availability, the Nexus 4 smartphone has officially reached the 1-million sales mark. While some have done their best to give an educated guess at how many devices were currently lurking out there in the wild, some crafty XDA users took some time to go to the forums to do some more digging and using a Turkish device’s IMEI number, actually found out that the Turkish device is actually the 999,998th Nexus 4 was officially sold:
“Ladies and gentleman, we just reached the millionth device!
(of course just judging by serial number, i.e. minus gaps)
ATURBK 302KPSL999998 20130205 TURKEY
Which means, IMEI prefix 35391805* is now officially complete and the next one will be started.”
This is a pretty neat achievement considering Google & LG have each had their fair share of stocking issues and continue to create massive pandemonium and demand for the device. In addition— it appears LG wasn’t too farfetched when it gave those lofty sales’ goals and all. Let’s just see how much the Nexus 4 sales numbers climb once Google & LG gets their acts together and finally have the device in consistently.
source: XDA Forums
Personalizing your Android device is something a lot of us do. After all, you’ve spend hundreds upon hundreds on these handsets, so why not give it some flare to your own liking that separates it from others? That’s where dbrand inc. comes in and provides your device with some awesome top-of-the line 3M textured vinyl’s. For review purposes I’ll be using the Nexus 4 as that’s the device I have the product installed on, although the company provides these vinyl skins on a slew of devices on their website.
First off, the quality of these vinyl’s are top-notch. According to dbrand, the vinyl’s that they use are generally reserved for architectural re-upholstering and auto body trim. Even better is the flat price of $9 per skin and you can actually request a customized skin for your liking. Just e-mail them what you have in mind and send them the images you want and they’ll be happy to work with you on what you want. Of course, customized skins often uses twice the material plus the added labor, so expect the price of that to double to about $18. With that being said, the two vinyl’s that I have from them feel and look great. As you can see with the pictures below, the cutouts are dead on with the camera and speakers. What’s even more surprising is how well the “nexus” letters were cut in precision to perfectly match it on my Nexus.
Texture wise, these aren’t just cheap “stickers” that have been slapped together. While the titanium seen above isn’t real titanium, it looks just as real and has great texture. Same goes with the black carbon fiber skin that is seen below, the texture is great and you can actually feel each line. I can’t say enough how great these look on your device. If you prefer a “cleaner” look and not have the “nexus” cut-out, then you can easily request that by e-mailing them.
I’ve also found that these skins are very easy to apply. With mildly steady hands I was able to apply these in no longer than 30 seconds. The best part is that you can re-apply these numerous times, this is especially great if you bought a couple colors and decide to swap the them out as you please.
Last but not least, what makes an already great company into an awesome one? Customer service of course! After various e-mail exchanges and reading customers feedback from various threads on XDA and Reddit, dbrand provides great and speedy customer service. By far one of the best I’ve seen. What’s great is that you can shoot them an e-mail if you have any questions, whether it’s a personal request on a customized skin that you have envisioned or a general question about their products. Regardless of the inquiry they are quick to respond. You can purchase these skins on the first link below, and you can also check out their Facebook page for more HD pictures of their products on numerous devices!
Needless to say, if you’re looking to customize your device then I would highly recommend dbrand inc!
Still looking for an LG Nexus 4? If so and you are willing or able to use the T-Mobile network, online retailer LetsTalk has a deal going for the device for new activations. Possibly the best part is that their web site shows the device as being “In Stock” and they have free overnight shipping via FedEx. LetsTalk indicates it takes them 1 to 2 days to process the order in their warehouse, so you could possibly have the device in hand by the weekend if things work out right. On top of the availability, LetsTalk also offers a special coupon code, “TALK4TEN” that gives you an additional $8.50 off the price. With a two-year contract, that brings the total price down to $76.49.
If you are ready to place your order and can live with a T-Mobile two-year contract in order to get the subsidy discount, just hit the source link below.
If you’re a Nexus 4 owner, you may have noticed that the stock images Google usually provides for its consumers had mysteriously vanished from the Nexus images website. Well you’re in luck as the images have miraculously resurfaced on Google’s site.
Although we are uncertain why the image was pulled, we can tell you that nothing has changed as far as we can see. The MD5 hash is the same as before and it is for the most current flavor of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2.1 build JOP40D. Please note, however, that the binaries necessary to build AOSP for the Nexus 4 are still missing.
If you’re one who tends to tinker with their devices and want piece of mind to restore your devices, make sure you get your hands on a stock image in case Google decides to pull another disappearing act.
Source: Google Nexus Factory Images
Late yesterday we reported on a leaked image that purported to show a new white version of the LG Nexus 4 smartphone. The question on everyone’s mind was whether it was a legitimate image. Today more images have surfaced showing a white, well mostly white, LG Nexus 4 device. The images showed up on a Vietnamese web site and show the device being held in someone’s hand as they rotate the device around for different views in a series of fifteen shots. Not impossible to fake, but these latest images would require a lot more effort to produce if someone were trying to pull a hoax on the tech world. » Read the rest
We might have our first view of the white Nexus 4 on the same day the standard black model returned to the Play Store. We heard there might be a white version in the works last year but this is the first time we see any “evidence” of the existence of such a device. Speaking of evidence, there’s not much. Phone Arena reported the image above was submitted by an anonymous source. Examining the EXIF data shows the image was taken by an LG-E975, better known as the Optimus G. While that little piece of information adds an element of intrigue to the story, it does little to validate the authenticity. Put your debunking hats on and hit the source for the full size image. I’ll keep my fingers crossed they release a version with more storage, not more white.
Source: Phone Arena
It looks like today is get your Nexus 4 day. Earlier today we reported it was available at Best Buy and now we see it’s back on the Play Store. Both 8GB and 16GB versions are available. Ship time of 1-2 weeks is less than ideal but hey, at least Google will take your money. There’s no telling how long it will last so… GO GET IT!
Despite problems with order fulfillment from the Google Play store and gaining a reputation akin to a clear shot of a Bigfoot, there are still a lot of people that want to get in on the LG Nexus 4 bandwagon. The desire for the device comes not just from consumers, but from retailers and carriers as well who want to be able to offer it to their customers. The latest example of this is Best Buy, which now lists the LG Nexus 4 with T-Mobile service on their web site. You might be tempted by that language on the site that reads, “Usually ships in 3-5 business days.” However, using the Estimate Arrival Time link I got dates between February 6th and February 11th. Even that may still be quicker than waiting for your opportunity to place an order through the Play Store.
source: Best Buy