Google’s annual I/O Developers Conference is just around the corner and expectations are at an all-time high. In the past, the company has unveiled a number of flagship projects and devices at the event, such as Google Music, Google Now and the Nexus 7 tablet. Earlier rumors have suggested that, among other things, Google would announce a followup to its Nexus 4 smartphone and even the rumored Motorola X Phone at this year’s event, but a new report suggests this may not be the case. More →
Google (GOOG) updated its Nexus line of smartphones and tablets to Android 4.2.2 this week. It was initially reported that the update included a variety of bug fixes and security enhancements, however Brian Klug of AnandTech noticed that it also removes unofficial LTE support on the Nexus 4. It was discovered in November that Google’s flagship smartphone was equipped with a radio that was capable of running on LTE networks in Canada and select AT&T markets in the United States. But the latest Android update includes both software changes and a new baseband software image for the Nexus 4 that have effectively disabled LTE on the device.
Do you love your Nexus 4 but wish that you had a wireless orb to charge it on? Well don’t worry, because Google (GOOG) has you covered after announcing on Monday that it will now sell a nifty new Nexus 4 Wireless Charger on the Google Play store for $60. Google says the new charger features an “angled surface” that “provides easy visibility of your phone while charging.” The new charger was also “designed specifically for your Nexus 4” so you won’t need any “clunky add-ons or accessories” to use it. Google says the new charger will ship in “less than a week” so anyone who orders one now can expect to get it shortly.
Google (GOOG) has started pushing its Google Now virtual assistant as a superior alternative to Siri in a new ad that shows how the software gives you important information at the exact time you need it. Among other things, the ad shows Google Now giving a woman weather information just as she’s about to step outside, giving people restaurant recommendations based on their current locations and reminding a father on a business trip to attend a Google+ hangout with his son on his phone. Google Now, for those who need a refresher, is an application that uses search history and location history to figure out what information users might need at what times, such as being able to tell users how long their typical commutes will be given current traffic conditions, and being able to figure out how long in advance users will have to leave in order to make appointments. A full video of Google’s ad is posted below. More →
It’s taken a while, but sales of Google’s (GOOG) perpetually out-of-stock Nexus 4 smartphone may have finally passed the 1 million mark. AndroidGuys points us to some fresh data posted by xda-developers forum member draugaz, who has been estimating Nexus 4 sales by keeping track of the serial numbers on shipped devices. On Thursday evening, draugaz came across a Nexus 4 serial number suggesting that Google has now shipped over 1 million Nexus 4 devices, more than two-and-a-half times the 375,000 Nexus 4 units that had reportedly shipped by the start of January. Google and manufacturing partner LG (066570) had initially drastically underestimated demand for the Nexus 4, so the fact that shipments have increased so dramatically over the span of a month indicates that the two companies have ramped up their production and will be more prepared to meet orders for the device in the future.
Despite the ongoing supply chain issues and inability to keep up with demand, Google (GOOG) and LG (066570) may be preparing to launch a white Nexus 4. The smartphone will likely be identical to the current black model and feature a 4.7-inch HD display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 8-megapixel rear camera. Vietnamese tech blog Tinhte posted a full gallery of the purported white Nexus 4 on Wednesday that show just how beautiful the rumored smartphone could be. The Nexus 4 is available in 8GB and 16GB storage capacities for $299 or $349 from the Play Store. Neither Google nor LG have confirmed the upcoming launch of a white model, however, and it is unclear if it will ever be available for purchase. Additional images follow below. More →
Availability of the Nexus 4 smartphone has been scarce since it was released last November. Supply chain woes have kept the flagship device out of stock, however Google (GOOG) CEO Larry Page has vowed to fix the supply chain problems and get the handset back in stock as soon as possible. On Monday evening, the company changed the availability of the Nexus 4 on the Play Store to “Temporarily Out of Stock,” leaving many to speculate that the device would soon return. Google confirmed to The Verge on Tuesday that it is now offering the Nexus 4 in Germany and plans to offer the device in additional markets “very soon.” Sources speaking with Droid-Life and Android Police have also suggested that the smartphone will be available once again in the U.S. on Tuesday beginning at 12:00 p.m.
Google’s (GOOG) flagship Nexus 4 smartphone has remained out of stock since it first launched. Executives from LG, the smartphone’s manufacturer, and Google have pointed fingers at one another and claimed the demand caught them off guard. With a carrier-unlocked price starting at $299, however, what did they expect? During the company’s earnings call on Tuesday, Google CEO Larry Page addressed the smartphone’s supply woes, Phandroid reported. While he didn’t get into specifics, Page said it is a priority to fix the Nexus 4′s supply constraints. It is unclear just how much Google can actually do to help LG (006570) and Samsung (005930), the manufacturer of the Nexus 10 tablet, to manufacturer more devices, though.
Who would’ve thought that a flagship Nexus smartphone that can be had for just $299 off contract would be in high demand? Apparently, everyone other than the executives at Google (GOOG). Speaking with French publication Challenges, LG (055670) France’s mobile boss Cathy Robin said that demand for the Nexus 4 smartphone in the UK is 10 times greater than orders placed for the smartphone by Google. More →
By this point we all know that Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 4 smartphone is difficult to come by, and now we’re just trying to figure out where to place the blame for its perpetual supply shortages. AndroidCentral points us to an interview in French publication Challenges with LG (066570) Mobile France director Cathy Robin, who denies that her company is the primary culprit behind the case of the missing Nexus 4 supplies and who asserts that “the supply problems are not solely related to LG.” Robin’s statement comes after an anonymous LG executive last week told Korean publication Chosun Ilbo that LG’s Nexus 4 production has gone exactly according to plan while denying that the company has faced difficulties manufacturing the device. Both of these statements contradict a recent statement from Google UK & Ireland Managing Director Dan Cobley, who blamed LG for the Nexus 4′s “scarce and erratic” supply over the holiday season.
LG (006570) is looking to branch out in 2013 and expand its mobile offerings beyond Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system. The Korea Times reported that LG expects to sell 75 million mobile phones this year, an increase from 55 million in 2012. A majority of the handsets, or roughly 45 million, are expected to be profitable smartphones, while the remaining 30 million will be budget and feature phones. LG’s smartphones won’t just be running Android, however. The company is reportedly also readying devices that are powered by Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone 8 operating system. More →
LG (066570) doesn’t want to be the fall guy for erratic Nexus 4 supply. Via The Verge, an LG executive has told Korean publication Chosun Ilbo that LG’s Nexus 4 production has gone exactly according to plan while denying that the company has faced difficulties manufacturing the device. This statement contradicts a recent statement from Google UK & Ireland Managing Director Dan Cobley, who blamed LG for the Nexus 4′s “scarce and erratic” supply over the holiday season. On the other hand, LG has long maintained that Nexus 4 supplies have been erratic because Google was caught off guard by the surge in consumer interest for the device and didn’t place enough manufacturing orders to keep up with demand.
It has been nearly impossible to purchase a Nexus 4 since it was released in late November. Google (GOOG) is subsidizing the phone on its Play Store and has made it available carrier-unlocked for a starting price of $299. Despite the fact that it doesn’t an LTE radio, in the traditional sense at least, the Nexus 4 has been met with overwhelming demand. LG (066570) previously revealed that it was having trouble keeping up with the demand, however a new rumor suggests the company has halted production altogether. More →