Nexus 4 Back In Stock In The U.K, France And Spain Play Store

Yesterday, the Nexus 4 was back in stock in the German, Canada and United States Play Store. Today, Google and LG have made the latest Nexus handset available to more regions of the world including the United Kingdom, France and Spain.

 

After struggling for more than a couple of months with the Nexus 4 stock, Google and LG seem to have finally caught up with the demand. It is going to be nearly 24 hours since the handset was made available in the U.S and Canada Play Store, and is yet to be sold out. The shipping times of the handset have also not slipped to an insane 8-9 weeks like before, and remains at a respectable 1-2 weeks.

The LG-manufactured-Google branded Nexus 4 is also expected to be available in Australia later today.If you could not get your hands on the Nexus 4 in the last couple of months, now is your chance.

 

Nexus 4 Now In Stock On German Play Store; Arriving The On U.S Play Store In A Couple Of Hours

Want to buy a Nexus 4? Get ready with your credit card then. The Nexus 4 from LG and Google is back in the German Play Store, and should be available on the U.S Play Store within the next couple of hours. The bumper is still out of stock in the German Play Store, so chances are it might not be available for sale in the U.S Play Store as well.

LG’s France Director had promised that the stock shortage of the Nexus 4 will be fixed by the middle of February, and it looks like the company has indeed managed to do that. The shipping time of the handset is a bit high though at around 1 to 2 weeks.

Also, chances are we might finally see the Nexus wireless charging orb up for sale on the Play Store soon, along with the accessories.

Via – Google+

LG France Mobile Director Talks About The Nexus 4 And Rumors Surrounding It

The Nexus 4 launch has been nothing short of a disaster for Google and LG. The handset sold out minutes after being up for purchase on the Play Store, and since then the supply of the handset is still erratic. To make matters worse, both LG and Google have been absolutely mum about this matter frustrating potential buyers.

Now, in an interview with Challenges.fr, LG France’s Mobile Division director – Cathy Robin – has spoken in detail about the Nexus 4, its shortage issues, and regarding the rumors of LG shutting down production of the handset. She even rubbishes the 375,000 estimated sales figure of the Nexus 4 saying that it is way lower than the actual figure.

While the interview is originally in french, it has been translated into English by a floflo81 on Reddit. Below are some excerpts from the interview -:

What’s happening with the Nexus 4, a very competitive but unavailable product?

The Nexus 4 indeed offers an excellent technical specs/price ratio. The stock issues aren’t complety related to LG. Google submitted us some sales predictions calculated from their sales history for the previous Nexus.

However they were lower than the actual demand. The current shipments from LG to Google match what had been preordered on the Google Play site. We still ship them regularly. But it’s “just-in-time”. That’s why the Nexus 4 is always shown as sold out and the potential buyers have the feeling they can’t buy it.

As an example, the initial predictions of Google were 10 times higher for the United Kingdom and for Germany. So we ship a lot more to these countries than to France. There was a happy medium that was badly anticipated. But mind that I’m not blaming anyone. Between Google and LG, everything is going smoothly. Today, if we want to increase the shipments pace, there will be a 6-week delay.

Is the Nexus 4 sold at a loss, as it has been said?

We have no incentive to sell it at a loss. However there was an agreement between Google and LG to sell it at a very compelling price. And it’s true that €299 for the 8GB and €349 for the 16GB, that’s a super attractive price.

The whole interview clears up a lot of rumors regarding the Nexus 4, and how the handset has helped increased LG’s reputation among international carriers. Head over to Reddit to read the full interview in english.

T-Mobile May Have Nexus 4 Stock On Jan. 23rd, Nexus 7 Available Now

T-Mobile has announced that they will have the Nexus 4 in stock again on January 23rd. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t seem to have given us specifics at to the amount of phones they’ll be receiving from LG. The company has also noted that they will be bringing the device to all T-Mobile stores in the coming weeks. As of now, only some stores are stocking the Nexus 4.

If you’re unaware, the Nexus 4 is the newest device in the Nexus lineup. It features an extremely low $299 unsubsidized price-tag with no SIM lock. The phone offers a relatively unique design and top of the line specs which include a quad-core CPU, 4.7″ screen and 2GB of RAM.

Finally, the company has also stated that Google Play has begun selling the 3G model of the Nexus 7 with a T-Mobile SIM card. Previously, the device was only available with AT&T SIM cards, though the tablet itself is unlocked. You can purchase the Nexus 7 with 3G for $299 on Google Play.

Source: TmoNews via Androinica

 

Android 4.2.2 Shown Running On A Nexus 4

Rumors about Android 4.2.2 running on a Nexus 4 started floating around since last week, when an image of a Nexus 4 running Android 4.2.2 surfaced in Brazil. The rumor indicated that the latest batch of Nexus 4 rolling out from LG’s factory in Brazil is already running Android 4.2.2.

Today, a Czech site – SmartMania.cz – casually showed off Android 4.2.2 running on a Nexus 4 in an overview video of the phone. The previous image and this video all but confirm the existence of Android 4.2.2. Don’t expect Android 4.2.2 to bring any new features or UI changes though.

The minor bump in the Jelly Bean version is only aimed at improving the overall performance, stability and battery life of all the Nexus devices, that has gone down considerably in Android 4.2.1.

If you think that the above video is fake and just a build.prop edit, then check the video again. The leaked picture and the video show the Nexus 4 using a newer .44 radio/baseband that at least, for me, proves the authenticity of the video and image.

The Problem Of Every Nexus 4 Owner – Severe Battery Drain Thanks To “msm_hsic_wakelock”

I got a Nexus 4 in the first week of December, and have been loving the device since then. It has nearly everything that I would have asked for in the next Nexus. A stunning screen, blazing..and I mean absolutely blazing fast performance, a usable camera and good battery life with a catch. The catch here is that I need to use my Nexus 4 connected to a Wi-Fi network if I want it to last me a day with 3-4 hours of screen-on time.

On 3G/HSPA+, the Nexus 4 suffers from some serious battery drain. The over-night drain on 3G can be as high as up to 20%, which should not happen. After all, the device is just idling for 8-10 hours. Why should there be such a high battery drain?

I am not the only one facing this problem. Each and every Nexus 4 owner has been facing the same issue. For some reason, there is a very high battery drain on the Nexus 4 when it is connected to mobile data. The culprit behind this is the “msm_hsic_wakelock” process. From what I have read on XDA forums, this process is used every time by the OS for any kind of mobile data activity, which causes a wakelock. While this is completely fine, the problem is that the wakelock is not dropped or released after the task is done, causing excessive battery drain. If your Nexus 4 is facing the same issue, you will see a very high % of “Android OS” and “Android System” usage in the Battery stats.

The worst part? In all likelihood, this problem can only be solved by Google and LG/Qualcomm. Flashing a custom ROM or a kernel or formatting your phone is just not going to solve this issue.

The only temporary solution to this problem is to use Wi-Fi on your Nexus 4. For some reason, the “msm_hsic_wakelock” wakelock is greatly reduced when the Nexus 4 is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

There are quite a few Nexus 4 owners out there that face severe battery drain that is not caused by the “msm_hsic_wakelock” process. For them, some random apps or process will create a wakelock and drain their phone’s battery. Sometimes these apps or processes will be some key system processes that cannot be disabled or uninstalled.

We, the Nexus 4 owners, are at the mercy of Google and LG/Qualcomm for now. Until and unless, Google and or LG/Qualcomm release a software update to fix this severe battery drain, there is not much Nexus 4 owners can do. I had hoped that Google would release a software update to fix this issue before the holiday season starts, but that did not happen. Hopefully, Google will roll-out a software update to fix this issue sometime in early January.

P.S. – You can comment/star or up vote on Google’s Android bug tracker.

For more reference, head over to this XDA thread.

Top 10 Smartphones Of 2012

2012 has been a crazy year in the mobile industry. The industry was mainly dominated by Samsung and Apple this year, with the likes of HTC and Sony struggling to stay afloat. Earlier this year, Google shocked everyone buy buying Motorola for 12.5$ billion. Later on, Apple shocked everyone and caused a lot of trouble to its iDevices owners by ditching Google Maps for its own in-house mapping system, Apple Maps. This eventually led to Tim Cook firing Scott Forstall, who was the senior vice-president of iOS software.

In 2012, smartphones were all about big screens with 720p resolution, oodles of RAM, quad-core processors and, thankfully, nearly all day battery life. Like in 2011, Android phones absolutely dominated the sales chart, especially Samsung’s Galaxy S3.

Now, that the year is going to end and the holiday season is fast approaching, we list down our top 10 phones of 2012.

10) Motorola RAZR i – Motorola promotes the RAZR i with an edge-to-edge display, and rightly so. The RAZR i packs in a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED qHD display with dimensions that are the same as the iPhone.

The RAZR i is also the first handset from a major OEM to pack in an Intel Atom processor clocked at a whopping 2GHz, along with an outdated PowerVR SGX 540 GPU and 1GB of RAM. If you don’t want a phone that does not have a massive 4.7-inch+ display, the RAZR i will be your best option.

Under Google’s keen eye, expect Motorola to come up with a stellar handset in 2013 that will shock and surprise every tech enthusiast out there.

9) HTC One S – The HTC One S is the perfect upper mid-range Android handset out there. It has a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED screen with qHD (960*640) resolution, 16GB of internal storage, absolutely stellar build quality and a decent 8MP camera.

If the One S failed to set the sales on fire, it was because of the lack of its microSD card slot, and HTC swapping the dual-core Snapdragon S4 Krait processor with the older-generation S3 processor in some markets.

8) LG Optimus G – Google’s Nexus 4 is based on the LG Optimus G. Both the devices share the same internal specifications – a 1.5GHz Quad-core Krait processor, 2GB RAM, a 4.7-inch IPS HD 768p display, and an 8MP camera (13MP in some variants). It even has a back that has the same disco-ball effect as on the Nexus 4.

The Optimus G was the first Android smartphone to make use of Qualcomm’s quad-core Krait processor. While the handset is not bad by any means, it is not going to be as successful as LG might have hoped for, all thanks to the Nexus 4, that packs in similar specs for half the price.

7) Nokia Lumia 920 – While the verdict is not yet out if the Lumia 920 is as successful as Nokia might have hoped for, the handset definitely has all the ingredients needed to make it a hit.  The 4.5-inch ClearBlackDisplay comes with PureMotion HD+ technology that gives the screen on the Lumia 920 a higher refresh rate than other competing screen technologies out there.

However, the selling point of the Lumia 920, and the reason why it has made it to this list, is because of its 8.7MP PureView camera, which has OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).

With Windows Phone 8 adding some much needed features to the mobile OS from the Redmond based company, the Lumia 920 might just be enough to pull back Nokia into profitability.

6) HTC One X – The One X is nearly 10 months old, but is still one of the most stunning phones available in the market. The handset sports a stunning 4.7-inch 720p S-LCD2 display, 1GB of RAM, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 32GB of storage space, and an 8MP F/2.0 camera with ImageSense. The AT&T version of the One X swapped the Tegra 3 quad-core processor with a dual-core Krait processor from Qualcomm, which is no slow-couch either.

While the One X might not have sold in large numbers as HTC might have hoped for, the handset did prove that HTC is going on the right way. If the DNA is any indication, the HTC One X2 might just bring back HTC in the game.

5) Google Nexus 4 – When rumors started leaking on the Internet that LG is going to make the next Nexus handset, everyone was doubtful about the handset’s quality and its reliability. Ironically, after the Nexus One, the Nexus 4 is the only Nexus branded device from Google to pack in bleeding-edge specifications. Right from the 768p IPS HD display to the quad-core Krait processor to the 2GB of RAM or the build quality of the handset, the Nexus 4 screams of premium/quality. The disco-ball effect at the back of the phone is a nice addition as well, and makes the phone stand out from the crowd.

What, however, is not premium is its pricing. For only $299 for the 8GB version and $349 for the 16GB version, the Nexus 4 is well worth it just because of its stellar price tag. The Nexus branding means that owners will be the first in line to get future Android updates. With Android 4.2 already on-board, the Nexus 4 is already running the latest version of Android, which includes Photosphere, an enhanced keyboard, lock screen widgets, multiple user profiles and more.

4) HTC DROID DNA – The DROID DNA from HTC is only available in the United States under Verizon’s network and as the Butterfly in Japan. The phone was supposed to be launched in Europe but rumors indicate that HTC might have had a change of heart. The DROID DNA/Butterfly is the first Android smartphone to sport a 5-inch screen with a whopping 1080p screen resolution. Apart from the screen, the DNA/Butterfly includes a blazing fast 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP F/2.0 camera and more.

After quite sometime, HTC is struggling to meet the demands of the handset in Japan, which should come as a sigh of relief for the Taiwanese maker. If the DROID DNA is anything to go by, the One X successor from HTC that will be unveiled next year at MWC, is going to set the bar high for the Galaxy S4 and others.

3) Apple iPhone 5 – With even budget oriented phones coming with a 4-inch+ display, Apple had to increase the size of the display on the iPhone, and it did with the iPhone 5. Instead of making the display wider and taller, the Cupertino company only made it taller so as to facilitate one-hand usage.

Apart from the bigger screen, the iPhone 5 also packed in LTE in a much slimmer (7.6mm) body. The usual generational updates were also present including a blazing fast custom-core A6 SoC from Apple, improved GPU performance, 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP camera with improved low-light performance.

However, the iPhone 5 along with iOS 6 lacked any kind of innovation or the ‘new’ factor. The new version of iOS only brought about minor enhancements and nothing else. Even then, the lack of innovation did not stop Apple from selling more than 5 million units of the handset in its first weekend in the United States. The iPhone 5 might have lacked innovation, but it can beat the combined sales figure of the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 in just a month.

2) Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Samsung has been on a roll with its Galaxy series. If the Galaxy S series is aimed at smartphones lovers, the Korean company has successfully managed to please people out there who want a ‘phablet’ with its Note series. When Samsung initially unveiled the Galaxy Note, it was ridiculed for releasing a device with such a big screen. The Galaxy Note, then, went on to sell in excess of 10 million units. The Galaxy Note 2 has gone a level further and reached the 5 million sales mark within 2 months of its release.

For a phablet, the Galaxy Note 2 packs in everything that once can imagine including a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen, an 8MP camera, oodles of storage, a bunch of sensors and a beefy 3100mAh battery for an all-day battery life even with heavy usage.

1) Samsung Galaxy S3 – If the Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 made Samsung popular, the Galaxy S3 confirmed Samsung’s prowess in the mobile industry. Not only is the Galaxy S3 loaded to the brim specs wise with a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 720p HD Super-AMOLED screen, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot, it can also last nearly a day of moderate to heavy usage thanks to its beefy 2100mAh battery and 32nm-HKMG fabrication process based SoC.

If the hardware of the phone is impressive, the list of all the features that Samsung has included in this phone is exhaustive. While the nature inspired version of TouchWIZ in Galaxy S3 is still ugly and not to everyone’s liking, Samsung has added so many features to it, that it is tough to not use it. These features include Pop-up play, pop-up browser, multi-view multitasking, Smart stay, Smart rotation and much more.

While the phone does look ugly and is still made of plastic, it has been selling like hot cakes all over the world. No wonder Samsung managed to sell more than 30 million Galaxy S3s within 5 months of its launch.

Don’t agree with our list? Feel free to drop in a comment and let us know which are your top 10 smartphones of 2012.

Nexus 4 16GB Sold Out In The United States Play Store

Surprise surprise! The Nexus 4 16GB is finally “Sold Out” in the Play Store. Considering that the shipping times of the phone had reached an insane 7-8 weeks, I am surprised it took Google this long to put the “Sold Out” tag on the device back in the Play Store.

The 8GB variant of the Nexus 4 went out of stock last week, with the 16GB Nexus 7 also being “Sold Out” earlier this week. The Nexus 10 was also sold out briefly, before being back in stock again.

Even though the Nexus 4 16GB had insanely long shipping times before being sold out, some people actually got the handset inside 10 days, after canceling their original order and then re-ordering the handset again.

With both the storage variants of the Nexus 4 now sold out, there is no chance for potential buyers to get their hands on the handset before 2013 arrives, unless they are ready to pay some kind of premium and purchase it from the grey market at a higher price.

Ironically, the Nexus 4 is now available on Three UK’s network for 35 pounds/month.

 

AOSP Browser On Nexus 4 Benchmarked; Performs Faster Than Chrome

The Nexus 4 is the first Nexus handset from Google to pack top-of-the-line specs. The handset sports the absolute fastest mobile SoC available at the moment, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

However, even with such high-end specs, the Nexus 4 performs poorly in benchmarks. Many reviewers blamed this on apps and benchmarks not optimized for Android 4.2. In browser based benchmarks, the Nexus 4 performs poorly mainly because of the new stock browser in Android 4.2 — Chrome — which is not as optimized as the AOSP browser was.

Android users have a love-hate relationship with Chrome. For some the browser is super smooth, while on some devices it lags horribly. While Chrome is very smooth on the Nexus 4, I still prefer the stock AOSP browser, and hence, installed a custom ROM which includes the AOSP browser.

While most people will be content with Chrome’s performance on the Nexus 4, I actually wanted to see how the AOSP browser performs on the Nexus 4. So, how does the AOSP browser perform on the Nexus 4 compared to Chrome?

I will let the screenshots below do the talking -:

Chrome on the Nexus 4 scores roughly 1857 in SunSpider, 1272 in Octane, and 23191 in Kraken. Head over to AnandTech’s Nexus 4 review if you want to compare N4’s AOSP browser performance with other devices. The Nexus 4 with the AOSP browser comes pretty close to the iPhone 5 in browser based benchmarks.

Theoretically, the AOSP browser should load pages faster on the Nexus 4. In real world usage, the scenario remains the same. The AOSP browser definitely loads the pages faster, but the difference in speed is not very noticeable. On heavier sites like The Verge, the AOSP browser is super-smooth while Chrome definitely lags a bit especially when panning or during pinch-to-zoom.

Nexus 4 8GB Sold Out In The U.S Play Store

Google and LG are clearly struggling with the demand for the Nexus 4. The company should have prepared itself after being bombarded with orders when the phone sold-out in just 20 minutes in Europe, Australia, United Kingdom and the United States when it was initially released on 13th November.

The Nexus 4 went back in sale on the U.S Play Store after the Thanksgiving weekend and while it did not really sold-out, the shipping time soon slipped to an insane 7-8 weeks for the 16GB as well as the 8GB variant of the handset.

As if these late shipping times were not enough, Google today finally put the Sold Out/Out of stock’ tag back on the 8GB variant of the Nexus 4 on the Play Store. The 16GB variant of the handset is not doing any better with a shipping time of around 9-10 weeks i.e. not before 2013. There is a very high possibility that the 16GB variant of the Nexus 4 will also go out of stock from the Play Store in the next few days. So, if the extremely long shipping times don’t bother you, head over to the Play Store and order the 16GB Nexus 4 now.

Looking at the way how Google and LG are struggling with the Nexus 4 orders in the United States, I am not too optimistic of the handset coming back in stock in Canada and other regions of the world anytime soon.