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Google ships Android KitKat OTA update to Nexus 4

11/20, 9:14am

KitKat update for Nexus 4 weighs in at under 240MB

Google has started to roll out Android 4.4 to the Nexus 4 smartphone. Reports claim that Nexus 4 owners are starting to see the Android KitKat update being made available for their devices, with the operating system upgrade coming to the smartphone after being made available on the Moto X, the Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10 tablets.

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Nexus Wireless Charger for Nexus 4, 5, 7 hits Google Play

11/19, 6:58pm

Google's Nexus devices get wireless charging accessory

Owners of Google's Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 smartphones and the Nexus 7 tablet can now get a specialized wireless charging device. The device appeared Tuesday in Google's Play Store, and it ships in 1 to 2 business days. The device provides wireless charging for each of the Nexus devices, though it only has room to charge one device at a time.

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LTE-enabled Nexus 4 shows up in Bluetooth certification

10/25, 2:28pm

Nexus 4 apparently will remain on offer with LTE

An LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 4 has shown up for Bluetooth certification, seemingly confirming that Google will continue selling the handset even as it prepares to launch an expected follow-up in the Nexus 5. The filing is not entirely unexpected, as some had speculated that Google would keep the older Nexus version around, giving Google a more rounded smartphone lineup going forward. The search giant has not revealed anything with regard to either device, though the Nexus 5 launch is thought to be imminent.

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Rumors claim $399 Nexus 5, Nexus 4 LTE, Android KitKat on Friday

10/16, 5:18am

Nexus 5 could possibly cost more than Nexus 4 with LTE

The next Google smartphone could start from $399, higher than the $299 price tag rumored earlier, according to a new report. The Nexus 5 will also allegedly be accompanied by a new version of the existing Nexus 4 which will offer LTE, with the entire range possibly appearing alongside Android KitKat on a new potential launch date on Friday 18th of October.

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Google Nexus 4 16GB out of stock, believed to be stock clearance

09/17, 4:58am

Larger 16GB Nexus 4 sells out two weeks after 8GB model in US

Google has run out of stock of the 16GB model of its Nexus 4 smartphone on Google Play in the United States, and is unlikely to make a return. The sell-out of discounted mobile devices, coming two weeks after the 8GB version did the same, is said to be a stock clearance before Google starts selling its expected Nexus 5 smartphone.

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Opinion: What would you rather; a MacBook Air or an iPhone 5s?

09/11, 5:28am

Apple is testing the value proposition of the iPhone 5s

Like many people I am still coming to grips with the reality of Apple’s product announcements yesterday after months of rumors (some accurate, some not) leading up to the official unveiling of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. While Apple’s pricing for the iPhone 5c caught many by surprise (it is not a ‘cheap’ or a ‘budget’ iPhone), its pricing of the iPhone 5s is worth scrutinizing too. Although Apple’s pricing for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s varies from market to market, it is interesting to note than in Australia, an iPhone 5s 64GB will retail for $30 more than a MacBook Air with 128GB.

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Google Nexus 4 8GB out of stock on Google Play, Nexus 5 inbound?

09/03, 12:38pm

Google said not to restock lower-capacity smartphone

The 8GB model of the Google Nexus 4 has sold out on Google Play in the United States. The smartphone, recently subjected to a price cut of $100 down to $199, is now showing as "out of inventory" for its lower-capacity model, and directly hints towards an overall clearance of the device, potentially as preparation for the speculated Nexus 5.

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Google slashes $100 off the Nexus 4, paves way for rumored Nexus 5

08/28, 5:48am

Google Nexus 4 now starting from $199, could signal imminent Nexus 5

Google has slashed the price off the Nexus 4 by $100, or 25 percent, fueling speculation that it is clearing inventory for the launch of the rumored Nexus 5. The Nexus 4 was launched in late October last year and was the first device to debut Android 4.2 'Jelly Bean.' Both the 8GB and 16GB versions of the Nexus 4 have received the price cut, with the reductions available in the US, Canada, Australia, Korea, Spain and the UK.

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Nexus 5 rumors coming out of Vietnam confirm LG G2 basis

08/16, 7:52am

Google Nexus 5 to be made by LG, with same display, CPU as LG G2

Reliable Vietnamese rumor site Tinhte has started to leak early details about the forthcoming Google Nexus 5, expected to land in October. Confirming a rumor dating back to March, the device will be made by LG and will be loosely based on the new LG G2 flagship. Like the Nexus 4, which was loosely based on the LG Optimus G, the Nexus 5 will take some of the key features from the G2 including its 5.2-inch 1080p display as well as its Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26 GHz.

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LG Q2 profit flat, smartphone sales hit record 12.1 million

07/24, 7:45am

LG stays profitable on the back of strong smartphone sales

LG has reported its second quarter results for 2013 returning a net profit of $139 million, almost in line with its results for the same period last year. A bright note for the company was it set a record for smartphone sales, shipping 12.1 million units worldwide. The company has started to make its mark in the Android space dominated by archrival Samsung with phones like the Optimus G, G Pro and Nexus 4 all boosting the company’s brand profile.

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Android 4.3 for Google Nexus 4 leaks online via device backup

07/18, 6:45am

Mobile OS claimed supplied on purchased Nexus 4

Android 4.3 may have made an appearance on the Nexus 4, ahead of its release. A screenshot and a backup of the mobile operating system have been posted to the XDA developer forum, after Jeff Williams on Google+ was asked to prove his claim of receiving the Nexus 4 with it preinstalled instead of Android 4.2.

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White Google Nexus 4 removed from sale on Google Play Store

07/08, 7:33am

Limited-edition white smartphone still on sale at T-Mobile

Google has stopped sales of its white Nexus 4 smartphone on the Google Play Store. The limited-edition Android device sold out earlier this week in the 8GB version with the larger 16GB model selling out over the weekend, with text on the sales page stating that the phones are "no longer available for sale" in the United States.

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Briefly: White Nexus 4 on sale, LinkedIn adds two-step verification

05/31, 2:09pm

Google Play, T-Mobile start selling white Nexus 4

The white version of the Nexus 4 has gone on sale through Google Play, with T-Mobile also stocking the device. Google is charging $299 and $349 for the 8GB and 16GB models respectively, equaling the price of the black version, and will also provide a free bumper. T-Mobile is offering the 16GB model for $17 up-front and 24 monthly payments of $17, or $428 for it off-contract, though without the bumper.

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LG not working on Nexus 5, tablet on horizon, claims executive

05/28, 10:53am

European VP of LG Mobile hints at tablet investments

LG Mobile will not be working with Google to make the next Nexus device, according to comments made by the company's European Vice President. Kim Wong advised that the company does not have the rumored Nexus 5 in development, despite having officially announced a white version of the Nexus 4 earlier today.

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LG confirms white version of Nexus 4 smartphone, same specifications

05/28, 5:33am

White Nexus 4 likely to cost same as original model

LG has made the white version of the Nexus 4 official, after months of rumors. Leaked in photographs earlier this month, the white counterpart to the original black Nexus 4 will be going on sale through various markets in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America in the next few weeks, starting with Hong Kong on May 29th.

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White Google Nexus 4 rumored for June 10th release with Android 4.3

05/17, 9:29am

White version of Google smartphone identical in specification to original

A white version of the Google Nexus 4 smartphone could be released in the next month. A rumor suggests the white mobile device will become available through Google Play on the 10th of June, and will be accompanied by the release of the next iteration of the Android mobile operating system, version 4.3.

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Google said to be working with LG on next Nexus phone

05/04, 6:37pm

Nexus 4 successor reportedly in the works

Google may be working with South Korean electronics manufacturer LG in order to develop a follow-up to last year's Nexus 4 handset. The rumored handset could be a retooling of the existing device, as was reported last month, but it may in fact be a new and distinct Nexus phone. The two companies are said to be discussing how they can further collaborate going forward.

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Rumor: Google, LG plans 32GB Nexus 4 with LTE, CDMA

04/22, 6:21am

Android smartphone to catch up with other flagship devices

Google is working to manufacture a 32GB version of the Nexus 4 with LTE support, according to a rumor. The smartphone built with LG, will reportedly receive a boost in storage from the 8GB and 16GB models already available, along with the speedy 4G LTE connectivity seen in other flagship smartphones.

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Ubuntu Phone preview set to arrive for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4

02/15, 7:57pm

Source code available for developers

Canonical has announced that it is set to release the first public preview of its Ubuntu Phone operating system for smartphones. The initial release will be available in two builds, one for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and another for LG's Nexus 4, while source code will also be posted for developers to begin working on installations for other devices.

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Nexus 4 wireless charging orb reaches Google Play store

02/12, 4:09am

Google finally makes Qi wireless charger available for Nexus 4

After launching the Nexus 4 in late October, Google has finally made the companion wireless charging orb for the device available on the Play store. Although users have been able to take advantage of the Nexus 4 wireless charging capabilities using third-party solutions, the official companion device has been almost as sought after as the Nexus 4 itself. Since its launch, the Nexus 4 has often been listed as out of stock on Play stores around the globe with it only recently becoming more readily available on January 29.

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Nexus 4 in white makes unofficial appearance

01/30, 4:06am

Google Nexus 4 in white leaked ahead of launch

A white version of Google’s popular LG-manufactured Nexus 4 smartphone has surfaced thanks to an anonymous Phone Arena source. The device had previously been rumored to arrive late last year, but has not materialized until now. LG has had trouble matching supply with demand for the original black model, which could explain why it has been delayed.

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Rumor: LG stops Nexus 4 production for Nexus successors

01/14, 5:55pm

LG said to prep new Nexus devices for MWC

The LG-produced Nexus 4 smartphone, which Google has had significant trouble keeping in stock, may be put on the back burner by the Korean manufacturer in favor of newer Nexus handsets set to debut soon. At CES last week, LG Electronics senior vice president James Fisher hinted that the Nexus 4 was just "the first of many" Nexus products the company was working on, with the implication being that LG could be rolling out a Nexus tablet or smartphone device in the near future. Observers believe that LG could launch its next Nexus device as soon as this year's Mobile World Congress, to be held in Barcelona in late February.

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Google Nexus 4 sales estimated over 400,000 by forum

01/03, 8:16am

IMEI, LG website key to handset sales figures

Users of the Google Nexus 4 may have worked out how many devices have shipped, with initial estimates bordering around 400,000 by the end of last year. Owners of the LG smartphone have used IMEI and serial numbers supplied with each handset to work out how many were produced, as well as other production details, in lieu of officially-released sales numbers.

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Briefly: Nexus 4 sells out in Canada, Gmail app updated

12/03, 3:41pm

Nexus 4 goes back on sale, sells out quickly

The return of Google's Nexus 4 to the Canadian Play Store appears to have been as brief as return in other countries, as Canadian buyers will now see the 8GB model listed as out of stock and the 16GB model shipping in six to seven weeks. Google sent out word earlier today that the device would be available at 12:00 PM PST for Canadian Play Store shoppers, but Electronista's most recent look at the Nexus 4's product page indicates that it has sold out within a half-hour of becoming available.

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Nexus 4 out of stock again after 2.5-month shipping wait

12/01, 5:16pm

Second round of unlocked Nexus 4 units sells out

The 8GB model of the Nexus 4 smartphone, produced by Google and LG, is once again listed as out of stock, while the 16GB model is said to be shipping in six to seven weeks. This marks the second time that the unlocked handset, which runs the latest version of Android, has sold out, demonstrating continuing demand for the low-priced flagship phone. The Play Store product page for the handset gives no details on when consumers can expect the 8GB model to be back in stock.

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Nexus 4 to be available again today at 12:00 PST

11/27, 10:56am

Nexus 4 back in stock after early sell-out

After selling out within a half hour of its initial availability, the LG-built Nexus 4 smartphone will be available again this afternoon at 12:00 PST. This according to emails sent out by Google to customers who had received backorder notices during the initial sales run of the device. There is no word on when the new wave of Nexus phones will begin shipping.

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T-Mobile Nexus 4 sells out hours after Google refers to it

11/23, 11:14am

Google advertised T-Mobile Nexus 4 sale before ell out

T-Mobile has sold out of the LG-made Nexus 4 smartphone from Google just a few hours after the announcement of a special sale on the device. Google today began advertising a special offer whereby T-Mobile customers could get the Nexus 4 for $199 with the activation of a two-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate. A look at the product page for the T-Mobile Nexus 4 currently shows it as out of stock, though it is possible that the device may be in stock at T-Mobile's physical locations.

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Nexus 4 gets LTE with simple workaround

11/23, 7:33am

Nexus 4 shown to work on Band 4 (AWS) LTE

A senior member on the XDA Developers forums has demonstrated that the Google Nexus 4 made by LG can offer at least limited support for LTE networks. Analysis of the hardware in the Nexus 4 reveals that it contains a baseband chip that can support some LTE networks. However, Google opted not to pursue full LTE capability in order to deliver a one-model handset that would work on any network around the globe, leaving it saddled with 3G HSPA by default.

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Nexus 4 oversold, customers receiving backorder notice

11/15, 7:12pm

Nexus 4 customers told to expect three weeks to ship

The LG-built Nexus 4 smartphone debuted to a quick sell-out this week, and reportedly some customers have begun receiving word that shipments of their devices will be delayed. Google has been sending out email notifications to some Nexus 4 customers informing them that, due to "overwhelming demand," their Nexus 4 units are on backorder. The units are expected to ship within three weeks.

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Nexus 4 sells out on Google Play after 24 minutes

11/13, 3:56pm

32GB Nexus 10 also sells out upon release

Google's new Nexus 4 smartphone debuted to quick sales today, as customers exhausted the Google Play Store's supply of the device within a half hour of its release. A look at the Nexus 4's product page shows that both the 8GB and 16GB models of the new LG-built Nexus smartphone now show "coming soon" for their availability, indicating that they are out of stock at least temporarily. The 32GB model of the Samsung-produced Nexus 10 tablet also appears to have sold out shortly after its release, though 16GB units are still available.

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Google commences sale of Nexus 4, 10 via Play store

11/13, 5:46am

Number of tablets, handsets sell out quickly

Google has put the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 on sale in Europe and Australia through the Play Store, with the US version expected to go live later today. As well as the new mobile devices, Google has also listed a Nexus 4 Bumper for £16 ($25), which as an edge-protecting case that does not provide protection for the back, echoing the design of the Apple iPhone 4 bumpers.

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Rumor: Google subsidizing cost of Nexus 4 by $370

11/06, 10:28am

Google Play price far below prices of European retailer

Google may be subsidizing the cost of the Nexus 4 for its customers. While the Android smartphone is priced at $300 on the Google Play store, the same cannot be said for sales to retailers and networks. Phone House, Spanish mobile phone retailer and part of the Carphone Warehouse group claim that LG are selling them far higher.

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Google reveals newest flavor of Jelly Bean, version 4.2

10/29, 3:03pm

New version brings new camera app, multiple accounts

Along with its new Nexus smartphone and Nexus tablets revealed today, Google announced the newest version of its Android operating system, version 4.2 Jelly Bean. As version 4.2 is an iterative update, it retains the Jelly Bean moniker introduced with version 4.1. The new version brings a number of new features, including multiple user accounts for tablets and improvements to the camera app.

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Google-LG Nexus 4 to launch Nov. 13 for $299

10/29, 12:58pm

Nexus 4 to cost $299 for 8GB, $349 for 16GB

With the official unveiling canceled in light of Hurricane Sandy, Google has gone ahead to officially announce the Nexus 4, the latest in its line of partner-built devices that run an unaltered version of its Android operating system. The new LG-built Nexus smartphone will go on sale in the United States on November 13. It will be available in two models, an 8GB unit retailing for $299 and a 16GB model selling for $349.

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Nexus 4 quick start guide confirms wireless charging

10/28, 6:32pm

Nexus 4 to come in 8GB and 16GB models

An apparent quick start guide for the forthcoming Nexus 4 smartphone from LG has leaked to the Internet, revealing new details on the Nexus 4's storage, as well as a wireless charging feature. The charging feature -- previously seen in Palm's Touchstone-compatible handsets and the forthcoming Windows 8 Lumia devices from Nokia -- was not apparent in any previous information leaks on the new Google-LG smartphone.

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Google cancels Android event over Hurricane Sandy

10/27, 4:09pm

Nexus event delayed due to super storm

Google has sent out an email to press participants informing them that the Nexus event scheduled for Monday, October 29, has been canceled. The cancellation comes as New York prepares to take the brunt of a "perfect storm," in which Hurricane Sandy is predicted to strike the city as a hybrid of hurricane and nor'easter. The search giant has not given any information on when a rescheduled event might be held.

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Carphone Warehouse lists Nexus 4 with October 30 ship date

10/25, 10:42am

Nexus 4 gets dated, priced at UK retailer Carphone Warehouse

Right on the footsteps of yesterday's leak of new images of the handset, UK-based cellphone retailer Carphone Warehouse briefly posted a listing of the LG-made Nexus 4. The listed ship date was October 30, which also coincides closely with a Google event on October 29 where the handset is expected to be officially unveiled. Otherwise, the listing is somewhat confusing, as it lists both Android 4.2 and Android 4.1.2 will be aboard the handset.

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Freshly leaked LG Nexus 4 images show Nexus branding

10/24, 11:40am

LG Nexus 4 expected to be officially unveiled at October 29 event

More photos of the upcoming LG Nexus 4 handset have surfaced online thanks to evleaks. This time around, however, they're not in-the-wild shots, but more official-looking promotional shots that also, for the first time, show the Nexus branding on the rear. These images are a further indication that the handset will launch sometime next week.

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