Two British retailers (Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U) have mysteriously stopped selling the Nexus 4 just a week before the big Google I/O convention. While you can still purchase the handset directly from Google, the timing has caused some extreme speculation. While many believe we may see the hotly anticipated “Nexus 5″ with Key Lime Pie at I/O, it is far more likely that LG will roll out an updated Nexus 4 with 32 GB of storage and an LTE-capable radio.
Whatever is happening next week is exciting with Google only presenting one keynote. We will be there so check out the schedule and check back constantly for up to date news.
Source: Tech Radar
Today’s Google I/O rumor is a Debbie Downer, but take it with a very small grain of salt. Google I/O is taking place next month, and unless you have been living under a rock, you know it’s the biggest stage of the year for Google. Naturally you would expect that a new version of their OS would be announced, even if it were a minor tweak. Everyone and their brother is expecting that Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie will be the chosen one, but a new rumor suggests that Google is pushing it back two to four months. The supposed reason is to give OEMs “breathing room” as in so many phones aren’t running Ice Cream Sandwich and/or Jelly Bean yet.
This sounds plausible, but this has been a problem since day one for Android so why would Google start caring about it now? It doesn’t make much sense to me, but a rumor is a rumor and some of them do come true.
If you’ve been trying to find a great dock for your Nexus 4, the search may be over. German industrial engineer David Hawig has introduced his Andock, which is more of an entertainment hub than a dock on Startnext. The dock cradles the Nexus 4 horizontally and provides an HDMI out, NFC, and a fan for CPU cooling. I think it’s safe to say we’ve never seen a dock for mobile phones that comes with external CPU cooling.
To kick off the big Play Store redesign, Google has launched a little contest to raise awareness about your favorite things in the Play Store. Simply tweet one of your favorite items, it’s link in the Play Store, and the hashtag #favoritethings. You’ll have to be following the Play Store’s Twitter account, obviously, and there’s a separate page where you’ll need to submit your proof to enter the contest, but it’s a pretty simple way to grab some cool prizes.
What prizes are there, exactly? Ten Nexus 10s, seven Nexus 7s, and four Nexus 4s, as well as a hundred $10 Play Store gift cards. Now, before you start tweeting off everything you love about the Play Store (and inevitably losing a few Twitter followers in the process) each person is only allowed one entry, so make sure to pick that one thing that you really consider your favorite. Just don’t take too long to decide, as the contest ends on the 24th. Hit the break below to check out the full rules for the contest.
If you’re an accessory fiend and you really want the “official” stuff, Google has you covered. They just released three brand new accessories to go along with your Nexus 4. You can grab a wired headset with microphone for $19.99, a Micro USB cable for $9.99, or a Power Adapter for $15.99. All appear to be in stock and should arrive at your doorstep within 3 to 5 business days. More images and Play Store links after the break.
It looks like Google & LG may have pulled a fast one on the Android world by recently giving the Nexus 4 a couple of subtle design changes. As pointed out by our pals at MobiFlip, we can now see that the device features two notable uhhhh… “nipples” on the back of the device. Many of you are wondering what they are there for, right? Well it’s quite simple actually: since the Nexus had a flat back previously, the speaker was essentially muted, meaning owners could miss some important notifications. The nipples essentially act as a sort of stand which would help to elevate the phone just slightly in order for sound to pass through easily. Additionally, the ring found on the camera lens has been reduced to appear a bit smaller. Of course there’s no specific reasoning for this change, but the guess is that the camera lens reduction is probably aesthetics-related.
“New” lens on the left; “old” lens on the right
Now if we can get just one more feature added in, the Nexus 4 will be gold.
source: Android Police
With T-Mobile officially launching their 4G LTE network in seven cities throughout the U.S., their customers may be wondering exactly how to access the new bandwidth. Owners of Samsung Galaxy Note II devices can do so thanks to an update that T-Mobile just pushed out to the devices. Another group that may be able to do so are owners of the LG Nexus 4 if they have done some work. Achieving this feat with a T-Mobile Nexus 4 requires rooting and installing a custom ROM, then flashing the radio back to the previous .33 version.
So you finally got that Nexus 4 and you’re looking for that official bumper case to compliment you’re lovely new device that you’ve been paitently waiting for, right? Well unfortunately folks— you may be out of luck trying to grab one of those suckers— well from the Play Store at least. Google has curiously decided to pull the popular case from its Play Store completely— with no word or no reason as to why that is either other than the “Nexus 4 Bumper (Black) is no longer available for sale”. What’s worse is that Google took the Nexus 4 bumper off the accessory page completely, so it’s doubtful that Google plans on bringing it ever again.
Ah well… at least LG and other retail outlets have the official bumper or third-party alternatives available for the masses.
**Update: Google has curiously placed the bumper case back in the Play Store as of 1:15pm EST. Perhaps it heard all of our bickering and noise?
source: Play Store
If you’re looking to get your hands on the Nexus 4, T-Mobile has an offer that is hard to refuse. For a limited time only, the Nexus 4 is available for $49.99 on a new two-year contract for new customers. As an added bonus, the $35 activation fee is waived and T-Mobile is throwing in a free car charger. While you do save money upfront, it’s worth mentioning that you will pay more in the long run.
Depending on your data plan, buying the Nexus 4 on-contract means you’ll pay $79.99 per month or more over 24 months. However, if you opt to shell out $299 or $349 for the Nexus 4 directly from the Google Play Store, you can pay as low as $30 per month for one of T-Mobile’s off-contract Monthly4G plans.
Google Plus user Joshua Perry earned a spot on a lot of people’s Android circle today. He decided to get creative with an x-ray machine, the Nexus 4 and its wireless charging orb. The results are some pretty cool images for casual and obsessed Android fans alike. Hit the source to check out the full set of his handy work.
Via: Android Central
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