Google Nexus 4 Launched In India For Rs.25,999

The wait is finally over! LG recently launched the much-awaited Nexus 4 smartphone in India. For the first time, LG has partnered with Google to manufacture the Nexus smartphone. This handset is the successor of the Galaxy Nexus, which was made by Samsung. The Google Nexus 4 packs a 4.7 inch display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and more. This handset will be shipped in india with the latest Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Mr. Soon Kwon, Managing Director, LG Electronics India, said,
“LG Electronics is pleased to partner Google on the release of the Nexus 4 in India. With LG Nexus 4, consumers would be delighted by the perfectly balanced combination of style, function and power. The smartphone encourages consumers to explore a world of possibilities and also helps them balance between business and entertainment”

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Google Nexus 4 features a 4.7 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing HD camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 16 GB internal memory, no MicroSD card support, 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, USB 2.0, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 12 hrs of talk-time, up to 565 hrs of stand-by time and a 2100 mAh Li-ion battery.

This handset measures 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm and weighs 139 grams. The 16 GB variant of Nexus 4 is available in the US Play Store for just $349 (approx. Rs.19,000), however LG is selling the Nexus 4 in India with a price tag of Rs.25,999 (approx. $475). This handset will be available at selected LG exclusive brand shops, Multi brand outlets and speciality stores across India.

HTC One Camera Samples And Google Octane Benchmark Score

HTC today held an event in Kolkata, India giving bloggers and enthusiasts in the city a chance to play around with the One. HTC marketing folks did a remarkable job at the event, and it was for the first time I heard a marketing PR actually talk sense, rather than boast about the quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM or the 1080p display.

One of the talking point about the One has been its 4MP ‘UltraPixel’ camera. I managed to click a bunch of pictures from the One, and even ran Google’s Octane benchmark on the handset.

I am no expert in photography here, but the One definitely has an impressive camera. Even in the dimly lit room, the One has done a remarkable job of capturing decent amount of details and light. However, the 4MP camera definitely shows its limitation with some pictures appearing grainy.

I also ran Google’s Octane benchmark on the HTC One, along with my Nexus 4 running CM10.1 and Franco Kernel. Surprisingly, my Nexus 4 scored higher than the One. Keep in mind that I used Google Chrome (v25) on my Nexus 4, and the stock HTC browser on the One.

The first thing that strikes you about the One is how sleek it is. After using only Samsung branded Android devices and the Nexus 4, the One felt so remarkably premium to hold and feel. The stereo speakers in the front are remarkably loud as well.

Overall, the HTC One is a really decent smartphone, and if priced right and marketed properly, can definitely help in HTC regaining some market share from Samsung and Apple.

Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview Build For Nexus Devices Now Available

As promised the Canonical Team has released the Developer preview builds of Ubuntu Touch for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. The developer preview builds are exactly that, developer preview, and are nowhere near good enough to be used as a daily driver.

Before you jump the gun and flash the Ubuntu Developer Preview build on your Nexus device, make sure that your device is supported. At the moment, the CDMA variants of the Galaxy Nexus are not supported and so is the 3G variant of the Nexus 7. If you are running Ubuntu, you can follow the installation instructions written here. If you are on Windows or Mac and/or are looking for the Fastboot flashable images, head over to this link and download all the image files for your Nexus device.

Since this a developer preview, not all features and functionality are working at the moment. Here is a list of what works according to Canonical -:

  1. Shell and core applications
  2. Connection to the GSM network (on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4)
  3. Phone calls and SMS (on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4)
  4. Networking via Wifi
  5. Functional camera (front and back)
  6. Device accessible through the Android Developer Bridge tool (adb)

You can also check out the list of device specific issues here.

Nexus 4 Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) Update Now Rolling Out

Google has finally started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Nexus 4. Google had started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 a couple of days ago, but surprisingly did not roll out the update for the Nexus 4.

The Android 4.2.2 update is mainly aimed at fixing the Bluetooth streaming issues that have been plaguing the Nexus devices since the Android 4.2 update. Other changes include new notifications sound, improved performance and battery life on the Nexus 7, the ability to directly toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from Quick Settings by long-pressing them, and tons of under the hood changes.

The update for the Nexus 4 also includes a new radio/baseband and an updated kernel that should greatly help in improving the battery life of the handset. The OTA update should be available to all Nexus 4 owners over the next couple of weeks.

If you have root access on your Nexus 4, you can download the OTA manually from here, and then flash it via a custom recovery.

Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb Now Available In U.S Play Store For $60

A week or so after catching up with the Nexus 4 demand, Google and LG have finally released the wireless charging orb for the Nexus 4.

Google had first shown off the wireless charging capabilities of the Nexus 4 and the wireless charging orb for the handset way back in November. However, the company failed to release the orb for potential buyers until today.

As of now, the Nexus 4 wireless charger is only available in the United States Play Store for around $60, and ships in around 1-2 weeks. The final price of the device with shipping charges and tax comes to around $70, which is pretty steep for a wireless charger.

Android 4.2.2 Update Rolling Out For Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 And Nexus 10

Google has finally started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. The .1 bump in the Android OS version denotes some under the hood bug-fixes from Google, mainly related to the broken Bluetooth stack that was introduced in Android 4.1.1.

The update also bumps the Android build number to JDQ39. As of now, only Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners have got the OTA update. There is no confirmation from Google whether the Nexus 4 will get the OTA update or not.

Early report suggests that the Bluetooth streaming works better now, but it is still not perfect. The OTA update also includes a new radio/modem for the Galaxy Nexus that may or may not bring about an improvement in network reception and power consumption.

Via – Reddit

New Nexus 4 Ad From Google Shows The Power Of Google Now

Google has shown off the power of Google Now in its latest advertisement for the Nexus 4. The commercial was aired during the Grammy’s thus garnering a lot of eye-balls.

While the Nexus 4 should have been the highlight of the ad, it is Google Now that steals the spotlight with its smartness. Below is the full 1-minute video of the advertisement -:

With the Nexus 4 back in stock in Play Store of different regions of the world, Google could not have found a much better time to show the Nexus 4 advert.

T-Mobile Selling The Nexus 4 For $49 For A Limited Time

Nexus 4 On Sale For $49

T-Mobile has just started selling the LG Nexus 4 for $49 via its online store. You’ll have to pay $100 for the device upfront and send in a $49 mail-in rebate. This deal is only going on for a limited time and requires that you sign a two-year contract when purchasing the device. The device normally sells for $349 off-contract via Google Play and can be used with any GSM network as the device is SIM unlocked. T-Mobile is currently selling the 16GB model and has not announced plans to carry the lower-end 8GB model.

If you’re unaware, the Nexus 4 is the most recent Nexus device which was released alongside the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 with cellular data. The device features a quick quad-core CPU, a 4.7″ display and 2GB of RAM. The device is manufactured by LG but has strong Google influence. This means that it will be updated to the latest version of Android for the next couple of years. Because of this, the device is pure Google and doesn’t have a skinned UI. The Nexus 4 only supports LTE bands in Canada and can connect to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network in the United States.

Update: The sale ends on February 18th.

Source: TalkAndroid
Image Source: Colin ZHU

Google And LG Manage To Ship One Million Nexus 4 Units

According to an XDA member, Google and LG have managed to sell more than one million units of the Nexus 4. This is no small feat considering that the handset was announced more than 3 months ago, and has been out of stock majority of the time. While both the companies have not commented about the sales figure of the handset, the excess demand for the handset clearly says it all.

Back in January, an XDA member had found a way that indicated how many Nexus 4 Google/LG have produced until now. The method involved entering your Nexus 4 IMEI number on LG’s website, and then breaking down the resulting serial number to find out the production number of the handset.

The procedure to guesstimate the production number of your Nexus 4 is as follows -:

Take your IMEI number and put it at the end of this link, and the LG site will be show up with a long string of characters like “LGE960 ACAGBK 212KPHG188745 20121206 GLOBAL/GLOBAL N N” and if the string is broken apart, you get:

LGE960 = Phone Model

A =?

US = Country where the device was sold

G = Storage Capacity

BK = Color

2 = Production Year

12 = Production Month

K = Production Country

PHG = ?

188745 = Production number

2012121206 = Production date in YYYYMMDD format

While the above method may not give us an exact figure, it should give us a rough idea as to how many units Google and LG have managed to sell. The figure also shows how LG has been ramping up the production of the handset with every passing month.

Via – TechCrunch

Nexus 4 Makes An Appearance In White; Coming Soon?

It looks like LG and Google are soon going to unveil a white Nexus 4. The folks over at Tinhte have managed to get their hands on a white Nexus 4.

Externally, there are no changes in the white Nexus 4, except for everything being white compared to the black variant that is available now. The crystal reflection as seen on the black Nexus 4 is also visible on the white Nexus 4 under the right angles and lighting conditions.

Like the Galaxy Nexus though, the front of the white Nexus 4 is absolutely black, making for a nice (or weird) contrast.

At the moment it is unconfirmed as to when Google and LG plan to release the white variant of the Nexus 4. Up until now, LG and Google had been struggling to meet the demand of the Nexus 4, and it was only yesterday that the handset went back in sale on the Play Store in the United States and Canada.

Head over to Tinhte for more pictures of the Nexus 4 in white.