Amid over the air Android 4.4 updates to Google’s Nexus devices, Google has posted the factory images for both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013). Users can use these files to return their devices to stock settings on Android 4.4, essentially giving their phone or tablet a clean start. With the Nexus 4 images being released, we can’t be too far off from the OTA update.
Source: Google Developers
According to a Nexus 7 owner over on Reddit, that device and the Nexus 10 do not have the Google Experience Launcher after receiving today’s update to Android 4.4 KitKat. As we noted last week, Google said that the Google Experience Launcher would remain exclusive to the Nexus 5 because they want “to see how users take to the Launcher on Nexus 5 before it offers it on other devices.” This Nexus 7 owner says the only changes he notices are the different icons for apps like Settings and Camera and the switch from blue to white in the notification bar. The update did not bring Google Now on the far-left of the home screen and still has the home screen count at five.
Courtesy of @evleaks, we now have a reason to believe that the Nexus 4 may live on and coexist with the Nexus 5. He tweeted out the above image a few minutes ago, showing a log from a retailer that has both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 on file. Unlike every other installment of a Nexus device, this could mean that the Nexus 4 will continue to be sold after the Nexus 5 is finally announced.
What is even more interesting is that the price for last year’s Nexus phone would likely drop even more. If the Nexus 5 is supposed to be priced at $349, what will the Nexus 4 be? The N4 is currently listed at $199 for 8GB although it is not in stock. Maybe Google kept it listed because it isn’t leaving the Play Store. If the price drops to $149 without a contract, can you imagine the demand? Even though the specs are a little behind by now, that could prove to be a huge deal.
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