That’s it. The LG manufactured Nexus 4, which recently got a price drop to $199 for the 8 GB model and $249 for the 16 GB model, is officially sold out in the US Google Play Store. According to a “trusted source” who spoke with The Verge, the search giant has absolutely zero intention of stocking additional units. So what does this mean? You know exactly what it means.
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If Google really is preparing to unwrap its next Nexus device soon, then its recent $100 price drop on the Nexus 4 was a pretty effective means of clearing out standing inventory of the company’s older phone. As spotted by Droid-Life, the 8GB Nexus 4 handset is now sold out in the Google Play Store. It’s not surprising as the off-contract phone was priced at $199, which is unheard of in the US market where most full retail phones cost $500 or more.
Google’s Nexus devices have always been adored by geeks because they tick two very important check boxes: They run stock Android and they’re cheap. The LG Nexus 4, the 4.7 inch WXGA smartphone that’ll soon be replaced by a newer and faster Nexus, was originally priced at $299 for the 8GB model and $349 for the 16GB model. Both of those prices have now been slashed by $100.
Installing or flashing a new custom ROM is nothing new in the Android world. However, dual booting custom ROMs is still in nascent stages and available for very limited devices. Joining this list today is the Nexus 4, thanks to Multi ROM from oblikas.
The guys over at Android Police have managed to score a system dump of Android 4.3 for the LG Nexus 4. If you really want to install it on your phone, head on over to the site and follow their instructions. Personally, I’m going to suggest you don’t, because we last night we found out that Android 4.3 is going to be announced in less than a week. Knowing Google, it’ll start getting pushed out as an over the update soon after becoming official.
LG just made two announcements today. Starting with the one most of you will be delighted to hear, the white Nexus 4 is now official. It has the exact same specs as the original (4.7 inch 720p, quadcore Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2 GB RAM, 8 MP camera), except that it’s white. LG says it’ll launch on May 29th in Hong Kong, and then it’ll come to markets in Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East over the “next few weeks”. No word on pricing, sadly.
It is widely known that the white Nexus 4 is, in fact, a real device, and not just a mockup from someone on the Internet. Pictures of the white Nexus 4 had leaked quite a few months ago, and since then the device has made timely appearance in photos to remind people of its existence, and its impending release. Brian Klug from AnandTech also managed to get his hands on a white Nexus 4 at the Google I/O, where the device was expected to be announced.
An XDA member has managed to get his hands on a Nexus 4 running a development build of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. chaleen managed to get his hands on the black Nexus 4 running Android 4.3 at the Thailand Mobile Expo, and has managed to click a bunch of pictures of the device running the upcoming version of Jelly Bean.
Taylor Wimberly from Android and Me got his hands on a white LG Nexus 4 at Google I/O this year. He says that the search giant will release it to the general public on June 10th, and that it’s exactly the same as the old Nexus 4, but obviously in a different color.