Canadian shoppers for the popular LG Nexus 4 will have a new source to grab the device outside the Google Play Store. Canadian provider Fido has announced they will carry the Nexus 4 with shipments expected to start sometime in February. Fido has already setup the smartphone in their reservation system which requires interested buyers to deposit C$40 up front. A final price has not yet been announced.
Well, the Nexus 4 debacle continues. Google’s coveted flagship device has been out of stock on the Play Store for what feels like months, and in certain parts of the world, it actually has been months! Our friends down under haven’t been able to purchase the device since it sold out minutes after launching on that fateful day in mid-November. You would think that as soon as LG pushed out more Nexus 4’s, the Play Store would be the first to get stocked up, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. A new press release by LG says that they’ve partnered with Australian retailer Harvey Norman to begin offering the device unlocked starting February 1st of this year. That may be good or bad news depending on how desperate you are to get your hands on the device because Harvey Norman will be offering the Nexus 4 for $496, which is $100 Aussie dollars more than you’d pay if you purchased it through Google’s avenue. The phone is available for pre-order now on Harvey Norman’s website. It is really getting hard to understand Google’s and LG’s partnership and strategies as of late. I, for one, am hoping this is the last time Google partners with LG to make a Nexus. See the press release after the break if you’re looking for more details.
The Nexus 4 has been pretty hard to come by and, if LG is to be believed, Google’s terribly inaccurate sales predictions are the biggest reason. According to Cathy Robin, head of mobile communications for LG France, demand has been 10 times higher than what Google expected. LG and Google have played a blame game of sorts but it’s hard to fault LG too much if Google did, in fact, give drastically lower sales estimates. Robin said the estimate was based on sales numbers for previous Nexus phones.
It’s easy to play Monday morning quarterback and point to things like price and an enhanced consumer awareness of Android as factors that differentiate the Nexus 4 from its predecessors, but to miss the mark by so much is almost unGoogle. This phone came off the heels of Samsung’s Galaxy S III‘s great success. In the minds of many consumers, this was the next big Android phone. It launched at about half the price of other top tier phones. Yeah, I think there’s going to be a bit of a demand. If the Nexus 4 doesn’t make it back to the Play Store, at least we have Qualcomm’s X phone to look forward to.
Nexus devices are certainly cool, but one thing that drives me crazy is the lack of accessories. We saw the charging orb back when the Nexus 4 launched, but still nothing. Well good news in that it has shown up on Norwegian retailer Dusin Home for a price of 739 kr or $114. A little pricey, but their price does include a 25% VAT. For now, the shipping date is February 12. Anyone want to guess on if that date will actually hold up? I am going with no.
source: Dustin Home
Ah yes, the Nexus 4 smartphone. It’s no secret that waiting for that elusive device has been nothing short of frustrating and with LG’s rumored decision to take a break from the Nexus 4 production— it appears that Android fans will either need to wait for Google to have more inventory available or try to find some other sort of ummm… “alternatives” to suffice. With that in mind— the wizkid team of G33k3r, Rohan32, et. al came up with one hell of a Nexus 4 alternative for those who just can’t wait— and all you need is an LG Optimus G smartphone to start off with. As you know, the the Nexus 4 loosely based off the Optimus G smartphone (save for some minor differences like a pesky custom UI and all). With that in mind, the savvy folks basically figured out a way to overwrite the AT&T-based Optimus G firmware to that of a stock Nexus 4. What this does is literally changes everything from the bootloader to the actual AOSP software— effectively giving you an unofficial Nexus 4. Of course this special mod means that Optimus G users are willing to attempt this special modification will lose a lot which includes the coveted LTE capabilities and 8GB of the available 16GB storage space as the mod will cap the partition at a mere 8GB only.
Still, those are only minor things to nitpick really. This special modification will certainly be appealing to more than a few of you out there. If you’re up for trying this out or want more deets, hit the source link for more information.
source: XDA Forums
A few days ago, rumors were circulating that LG was halting production on the Nexus 4 to focus on its own new smartphones and a revamped version of the Nexus 4. Today those rumors come crashing to a heap. In an interview with a Korean website today, an LG official stated that production was going on without a hitch and that there is no issue regarding supply. This runs contrary to Google’s report, in which they recently claimed that shipments from LG were “sparse and erratic”. It’s hard to say who’s actually at fault, but we’re hoping that LG and Google can get these things pumped out of the factory and back into the Google Play store, which still sits as a barren Nexus wasteland. Speaking to the same Korean website, the LG official stated that the company is not planning to release the Google Nexus 5 at Google I/O this year, which is good news for all of you who are still waiting to get your Nexus 4’s! What a debacle!
Android 4.2.2 is beginning to become something of a common occurrence, having already been seen running on a Nexus 4 in Brazil earlier this week. Today, more evidence has arose, as the new software has once again been spotted in a Czechoslovakian hands-on video. Despite the bump in the version number, the new firmware appears to remain mostly untouched. Although there’s no way to know if this is official, the surmounting evidence is making an impending update seem highly likely.
Google’s Android team seems to be working on a minor update to their current Android 4.2.1 OS, as we’re seeing Android 4.2.2 pop up on several phones around the globe. The new build number is showing up on phones in Brazil that are coming out of LG’s Brazil factory with the new build already installed. Supposedly there are already 1,000 Nexus 4’s carrying the 4.2.2 update. In Malaysia it’s a slightly different story: a technology website received a review unit from LG that has the new build installed, so in that case it’s only an isolated incident. Still, it doesn’t surprise us that Google is working on the next minor update for their OS. It’s more than likely that 4.2.2 is only a small update that will squash a few leftover bugs. We’ll have to wait and see how this unfolds and when Google will release the next version. We’ll keep you updated if we find anything else out.
If you’re already upset because you won’t be receiving your Nexus 4 anytime soon, you may be even more upset after reading this story. The International Business Times is reporting that LG is allegedly halting the production of the Nexus 4 to make way for its upcoming smartphones. While we already know of at least one major smartphone in the works, there is the notion that LG is already working on the Nexus 4’s successor behind the scenes. In fact— LG SVP Steve Fisher is confirmed to go on record at CES that LG has bigger and better plans with Google:
“Through our collaboration with Google, we launched the LG Nexus 4 smartphone. This is the first of many devices to come from our growing partnership with this very selective company.”
Rumor has it the new LG Nexus would feature some astounding features too. Among the noteworthy features are Key Lime Pie (Android 5.0) running the show and a 2GHz quad-core processor… which would make the new device a smidge better than the Nexus 4.
Still if this is true (and all signs point to it being true), this is going to be a major letdown to Android Stans and customers who have been itching for the Nexus 4 since November. However, all we can do is just sit back and wait for what unfolds…
source: International Business Times
There is no question that the Nexus 4 is the hottest Android device right now, but how many did they sell? Since the wait times have been so long, the assumption is there could be millions in play or was it just the fact that LG and Google went too conservative in their estimates? Well you certainly aren’t going to get this information from Google so the only thing left to do is a little sleuthing. No problem since Android has the biggest enthusiasts around. Nexus 4 owners took their IMEI numbers and backtracked the production number of their devices by adding it to the end of an LG mobile link (see below). The site returns the IMEI followed by a long string of characters. Hit the break to interpret the results.