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 →
One of Google’s (GOOG) big competitive advantages in the consumer electronics space is that the company genuinely doesn’t seem to care whether it makes money selling its mobile devices since most of its money comes from search advertising revenue. And now TheNextWeb has done some good detective work that suggests the company may have taken its willingness to subsidize its devices to new heights with its Nexus 4 smartphone. More →
Surprise, surprise. It looks like Hurricane Sandy can’t hold Google (GOOG) down, as the company has just gone ahead and unveiled the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet even though its press conference was canceled. Nexus 4 specs include a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display with 1,280 x 768-pixel resolution, an 8-megapixel camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The phone starts at a shockingly affordable $299 without any contract or subsidies, and it will launch in the United States on November 13th. More →
It was been widely speculated that Google (GOOG) planned to announce the Nexus 4 smartphone on Monday had its Android event in New York City not been cancelled. The rumored handset was confirmed to be built by LG (066570) and it was rumored to run an updated version of Jelly Bean, known as Android 4.2. Expected updates found in Android 4.2 included the addition of multiple users accounts and a new quick settings menu located in the notification bar, and now a video posted on Monday from Swedroid has confirmed as much. More →
Google’s (GOOG) new Nexus 4 smartphone is expected to be unveiled during a press conference on Monday, but Carphone Warehouse seemingly can’t be bothered to wait for a green light from Google. The UK-based cell phone retailer on Thursday put up a listing for the LG (066570)-built Nexus 4 smartphone, confirming the device’s specs. Highlights include a 4.7-inch 1,280 x 768 display, a Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8-megapixel camera with panorama mode, NFC support and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. According to the site, the Nexus 4 will launch on October 30th, just one day after it is unveiled.
Google (GOOG) is set to announce a variety of Android goodies at its press event on October 29th in New York City. It has been widely reported that the Internet giant will debut a higher-capacity Nexus 7 tablet alongside a model with cellular capabilities and a new Nexus-branded smartphone from LG running Android 4.2, an updated version of Jelly Bean. A report from The Next Web on Sunday claimed that Google will also announce a 10-inch Nexus-branded tablet that it has co-developed with Samsung (005930). More →