Google’s (GOOG) has had trouble keeping latest Nexus-branded smartphone, the LG (066570)-built Nexus 4, in stock as hordes of Android fans would swarm Google’s website each time more units became available. According to new estimates however, the Nexus 4 stock-outs were due entirely to inventory issues rather than immense demand. The xda-developers community has done some calculations based on data gleaned from device serial numbers. They have been able to determine where and when their Nexus 4 handsets were built, and they were also able to estimate the total number of units sold to date: 375,000. While the figure is hardly precise, it appears as though sound logic was used to calculate the figure and it likely represents a good rough sales estimate.
The worst part of any holiday gathering is the annoying relative who makes everyone get out of their seats to stand awkwardly in one place for a family photo. But Google (GOOG) is hoping its Nexus 4 smartphone can solve this little issue with Photo Sphere, one of the coolest features that the company rolled out with its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update this past fall. Basically, Photo Sphere is a fancy camera feature that lets you take panorama images by picking a central starting point and then filling things out by snapping additional pictures around your central image. In a new advertisement, Google shows off how one person can use Photo Sphere to take expansive family photos without making anyone move from their current locations. The full video for the ad is posted below. More →
It’s no secret that Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 4 smartphones have been hard to come by and now one Google executive is saying some of the blame for shortages lies with manufacturer LG (066570). XDA-Developers points us to Google UK & Ireland Managing Director Dan Cobley, who posted a now-deleted message on his Google+ page apologizing for delayed Nexus 4 shipments that have been caused in part because “supplies from the manufacturer are scarce and erratic.” Although Cobley’s message no longer appears on his page, it has been subsequently pasted onto the XDA-Developers forum. Earlier this month LG admitted that it was having a tough time meeting the “huge demand” for the Nexus 4 and said that both it and Google have been surprised by the high demand for the new smartphone.
LTE on the Nexus 4 — it’s not just for Canadians anymore. Android Police points out the some members of the XDA-Developers forum have been able to use AT&T’s (T) LTE network on their Nexus 4 smartphones, but only in limited markets. The reason, as Android Police explains, is that the Nexus 4′s radio can pick up frequencies on the AWS band that spans from 1710 to 1755 MHz on the uplink and from 2110 to 2155 MHz on the downlink. But while AT&T uses this band for LTE services in some markets, it mostly deploys LTE on the 700MHz band that has significantly better propagation than the AWS band. All that said, Android Police notes that if you own a Nexus 4 and live in Phoenix, Raleigh, San Juan, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Chicago or Charlotte, you might want to see if you can pick up on AT&T’s LTE services, since the carrier owns the rights to AWS spectrum in those markets.
Even without LTE, Google’s (GOOG) first smartphone is proving to be a big hit. CNET UK talked with Nexus 4 manufacturer LG (06657011) and discovered that the company is having a tough time meeting the “huge demand” for the new smartphone. Andy Coughlin, the head of mobile at LG UK, said that the Google Play store has quickly run out of stock for the Nexus 4 because it has “proven extremely popular” and added that his company was “ working closely with Google to ensure that those who wish to purchase a handset are able to do so.” Coughlin also admitted that both LG and Google have been surprised by the high demand for the Nexus 4, as he said that “LG supplies product quantities against partners’/customers’ (i.e., retailers, operators etc) forecasts” and that “demand via the Play Store has been very high in this instance.”
The Nexus 4′s low price tag resulted in overwhelming demand and the smartphone sold out across the globe shortly after it was made available. Google is believed to be heavily subsidizing the device and is offering it unlocked for an unheard of $299 with 8GB of storage and $349 for the 16GB model. Unfortunately, it has been almost impossible to get one and even those who placed an order on launch day have seen delays. The wait is finally coming to an end, however. Google (GOOG) is now notifying customers that open Nexus 4 orders will begin shipping this week, and better yet, the smartphone will once again be available for purchase from the Play Store starting today at 3:00 p.m. EST. The Nexus 4 is Google’s latest flagship smartphone, and while it lacks true LTE connectivity, the device is equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 4, for all its virtues, has a significant flaw: It lacks LTE connectivity. Or does it? Engadget reports that some XDA-Developers forum members have been fiddling around with the Nexus 4 and have found that the smartphone can indeed run LTE — but only on LTE band 4, which encompasses the 1700MHz and 2100MHz frequencies. Sadly, none of the LTE carriers in the United States run their networks using this band on a nationwide basis, but good news for our neighbors up north: Canadian carriers Telus, Rogers and Bell all use LTE band 4. A video of the Nexus 4 running on Rogers LTE in Canada follows below. More →
Google (GOOG) has revealed that its latest flagship smartphone has seen “overwhelming demand” and is now backordered. The Internet giant quickly sold out of its Nexus 4 stock across the globe after the device was made available on the Play Store on November 13th. The Mountain View-based company on Thursday sent emails to select users who purchased the device to notify them of their order status. The smartphone is now expected to ship within three weeks. Google created a frenzy when it announced the carrier-unlocked Nexus 4 with a starting price of $299 earlier this month. The 4.7-inch handset is equipped with a 720p HD display, a quad-core processor and runs Google’s latest mobile operating system version, Android 4.2. BGR reviewed the Nexus 4 last week and called it the best Android phone ever created. Google’s email follows below. More →
Following availability in the Europe and Australia, Google (GOOG) made both the Nexus 4 smartphone built by LG (06657011) and the Nexus 10 tablet built by Samsung (005930) available on its American Google Play Store. And judging by how fast customers in the U.K. snatched up the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, we didn’t expect stock to last very long in the United States, especially since the Nexus 4 starts at $299 unlocked. And lo and behold: Both the 8GB and 16GB Nexus 4 sold out within minutes after Google put them up on the U.S. Google Play Store.
Google (GOOG) apparently isn’t wasting any time when it comes to pushing out Android 4.2 to its older Nexus devices. ZDNet reports that some Galaxy Nexus owners are getting Android 4.2 pushed out to their devices, well ahead of when most carrier-locked Android devices are likely to get their updates. Additionally, The Verge reports that Google’s popular Nexus 7 tablet has also started getting the Android 4.2 upgrade. Android 4.2 is a small update to Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system that adds a new feature called Photo Sphere that makes it easy for users to take panoramic photos on their smartphones or tablets.
Google (GOOG) caught everyone off guard when it announced its new flagship Nexus 4 would only cost $299 (8GB) and $349 (16GB) unlocked. Prices like those are unheard of for an unlocked device. According to CNET’s probe of Twitter on Tuesday, the 8GB Nexus 4 was sold out within its first 15 minutes of availability on the Google Play Store. Stock for the 16GB Nexus 4 was quickly snatched up, followed by stock for the Nexus 10 tablet that’s manufactured by Samsung (005930). More →
Bad news, Nexus 4 fans: T-Mobile isn’t letting you get away with skimping on voice minutes after all. Android Police reports that, contrary to previous rumors, T-Mobile’s branded Nexus 4 will not support Wi-Fi calling. Apparently, one of T-Mobile’s online support documents said that the branded device actually would allow for Wi-Fi calling but a T-Mobile spokesperson told Android Police that this was “just a simple mistake in the online document.” BGR reviewed the Nexus 4 last week and called it one of the top Android devices released this fall despite having glaring issues such as a lack of LTE connectivity.
Almost like clockwork, every year around this time, Google (GOOG) introduces a new version of the company’s flagship smartphone, the Nexus. This year, we have the Nexus 4 manufactured by LG (066570) instead of HTC (2498) or Samsung (005930). In addition to a new Nexus, the phone is usually accompanied by a new version of the Android OS, and with the Nexus 4 Google has introduced Android 4.2. These phones always try to set the bar for the Android ecosystem, but funnily enough, I have never found that to be the case in the past. Does the Google Nexus 4 change this? More →