The LG Nexus 4 is either a great new flagship, or a half-baked device missing several important features, depending on who you ask. Unfortunately it looks like the latter is getting a little more ammunition as it’s recently surfaced that the Nexus 4 has no USB OTG (on-the-go) support. USB OTG cables allow users to connect a mouse, keyboard, flash drive, etc. to the phone to set it up as a more powerful workstation or add more memory to a phone that, like the Nexus 4, has no other expandable storage. » Read the rest
Google’s Nexus 4 has certainly proven itself to be golden for Google and Android fans. The mania is not confined to the device itself. Those lucky enough to have one of the devices despite the severe shortage may be looking for some lightweight protection for the smartphone. Google is ready with a solution in the form of some black bumpers to wrap the Nexus 4. The bumpers have been available on the Google Play Store and were shipping to lucky buyers, but are now sold out. If you are interested in grabbing one, you will now have to play the refresh and wait game using the Google Play Store link below.
Finally, some official news has come out of the Google/LG camp regarding the stock status of the hot Nexus 4, albeit not groundbreaking news. Per LG, the massive shortage of the hottest device this year is due to – huge demand. Wow LG, you don’t say. I assume, however, that how you categorize that ‘demand’ is another story.
As we know, the original batch sold out in under 30 minutes, most likely due to legit demand. However, as soon as the public got wind of this hot device this close to the shopping season, it in turn opened up the market of the re-sellers exacerbating the shortage. Andy Coughlin, the head of mobile at LG UK, added, “We are working closely with Google to ensure that those who wish to purchase a handset are able to do so.”
So far, from what we know and can deduce, all signs point toward Google missing on their forecast when originally placing their orders directly through LG’s headquarters in Seoul. Hey, it happens. It’s not like Google had any past history to gauge demand using this model and price-point. It’s easy for us to play “Monday Morning quarterback,” but in the business world you’re most likely not going to hit forecasts directly on the head, especially in this case. You’re either going to come in higher than planned or lower. And, frankly, the situation they’re in now is much better than the alternative. The last thing you want is to be stuck with inventory in this economy. Google will learn from this, and should be prepared next go around. So, everyone take a deep breath. It’s going to be alright.
As many Nexus 4 customers are being forced to wait until 2013 to get their hands on the new device, eBay has found it necessary to impose sales restrictions on the stock Android 4.2 smartphone. The online retailer usually warrants these types of restrictions to prevent fraudulent listings from being posted, most often for items that have overwhelming demand. » Read the rest
As expected, Google just posted the factory images and binaries for Android 4.2.1 (JOP40D) for the family of Nexus devices. For the Nexus 10, the factory image is still at JOP40C due to an issue. These files allow you to restore any of these Nexus devices to stock if you ever get into trouble, so download them now and keep them in a safe place. Links are below for both the factory images and the binaries.
Proud owner of a Nexus 4? Tired of waiting for Cyanogenmod? Good news! The CM team has rolled out their first nightly build based on Android 4.2. You’ll have to be rooted to install it, of course, and it’s important to remember that nightly builds may not always be perfectly stable, but it’s great to see the next generation of CM taking shape. Hit the download link below to get started.
Over the course of the past day, we have seen Google start to rollout an Android update, first to Nexus 10 devices, then to Nexus 4 devices, and most recently to Nexus 7 devices. The OTA update to version 4.2.1 is probably still in the process of propagating to all device owners. In the meantime, the source code has landed in the Android Open Source Project according to Technical Lead Jean-Baptiste M. Queru. Factory images for devices are expected to be available in a few days according to Queru.
The update is small, but packs an important fix in correcting the missing month of December. According to sources, the update also includes support for HID gamepad/joystick devices and some improvements to handling of vibration notifications.
source: Android Building Google Group
About 4 hours ago the Nexus 4 went on sale, and things appeared to be no different than two weeks ago. It was nothing but adding it to your cart with the inability to get anywhere further than seeing it in your cart. After about an hour Google announced, “Google Play is currently experiencing very high traffic, Nexus 4 is not sold out and will still be available for purchase.” At that point I walked away with disbelief, and few minutes ago I went back to my computer and I was able to purchase one on the first try. Thinking I was just lucky, I just tried again right now and I was able to get to the Google Wallet page again. Things seem to be calm at the moment so if you threw your computer down in frustration a few hours ago, go back and pick it back up and click add to cart. Your dreams could finally be answered. There’s one issue though as Google is now saying 6 to 7 weeks for delivery, which means you probably won’t see it in 2012. It’s possible that Google is kind of using this ordering system as a means to “pre-order” to appease everyone, and they really don’t know when they will fill it. Let us know if you landed one today.
Look what just hit the inbox! You read it right, the Nexus 4 will be back in stock at 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST today in the U.S. Last time Google didn’t even send an email out, but at least we knew the day. Any chance this will go smoother than 2 weeks ago? Just hit one of the links below this afternoon and get ready to refresh your pants off.
In very similar Nexus news to what we found this morning, the Nexus 4 is now beginning to receive the 4.2.1 update as well. This update most notably fixes the infamous December bug. No other changes have been uncovered as of yet. The good news is that the baseband has remained unchanged so far thus still allowing LTE capabilities for the select few. This update will be come by way of over-the-air so obviously not everyone will get it at once, but it should only take a few days for it to roll out to all devices. Are you a lucky owner of the elusive Nexus 4 that has also received the update? Let us know of any other changes you may find.
source: XDA Forums