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LG and Google today announced the LG Nexus 4 smartphone. The 4.7-inch Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor

LG Nexus 4 announced. First Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone

A new Google phone will be available in stores for the Christmas shopping. It is one year since Google and Samsung announced the Galaxy Nexus Android smartphone. It is time for an upgrade, so Google joined forces with LG this time, and they have now unveiled the new handset. LG Nexus 4 is the name of the new device, and although the number 4 in the name is identical to the Nexus generation number, we believe it is a number describing the approximate size of the display. Google today also announce the Nexus 10, a 10-inch tablet made by Samsung and an updated Nexus 7. A 7-inch tablet with 32 GB internal storage and 3G.

In terms of hot new hardware, the LG Nexus 7 is not a revolutionary phone, but LG/Google has done for Android what Nokia did for Windows Phone and introduced wireless charging in its smartphones This is something we expect to seen in many high-end smartphones next year. Nexus 4 has a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm which is currently one of the fastest chipsets available. The 4.7-inch display is of the True HD IPS type with Zerogap Touch technology which LG introduced with the Optimus G last month. Except for the wireless charging solution in the LG Nexus 4, the new Google mobile has similar features as those found in the two month old Optimus G.

Two of the things Google has emphasized about the Nexus 4 smartphone is an updated Google Now service and the Photo Sphere camera. Photo Sphere is an advanced camera panorama function which enables the user to stitch together multiple images taken in all directions. We first saw this demonstrated by Scalado at Mobile World Congress back in February.

 

 

With the Nexus 4, Google releases Android version 4.2 Jelly Bean. The updated operating system adds a couple of very interesting features. The built-in keyboard will now detect swipe movements. Just like some third-party keyboards does. Google call this Gesture Typing. sadly, the new tablet only feature with multiple user accounts is not available on Nexus 4.

LG Nexus 4 is a GSM/HSPA+ world phone and it will be sold unlocked without having its software changed by operators.

Unless the specifications following the press release is completely wrong. We must say that the Nexus 4 has an impressive battery capacity. The 2100 mAh battery is capable of letting you talk for 15.3 hours. Standby time is modest 390 hours. 

LG Nexus 4 highlights

  • Size: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm
  • Weight: 139 gram
  • 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus touch display. 768 x 1280 pixel resolution
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. Snapdragon Qualcomm S4
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 8GB or 16GB internal storage. No memory card slot.
  • 8 megapixel front camera
  • 1080p video capture
  • 1.3 megapixel front camera with 720p video capture
  • NFC
  • A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • Talk time 15.3 hours
  • Standby time: 390 hours
The question now is which company Google has chosen for the next Nexus smartphone. HTC was first with the Nexus One. Samsung has made two Nexus smartphone. Nokia is out of the picture. Do you think it will be Sony or will Google choose its daughter company Motorola?

 




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Caspa6 years, 10 months ago
I'm sold. £279 for 16GB. Bargain.
[ This Message was edited by: laffen on 2012-11-13 23:15 ]
korbindallis6 years, 10 months ago
really liking this phone 16GB is best no use getting the 8GB to low memory would be hard to resell it.
Tsepz_GP6 years, 10 months ago
16GB max!? Thats far too little, i hope there's a 32GB variant in the works. Other than the memory, great phone!
Bonovox6 years, 10 months ago
Visit forum to view images wow!! LG have come a long way and their recent Quad core devices have been said to have zero lag.
tranced6 years, 10 months ago
These are decent specs. I'm sure this phone is not quite high-end because Google wants to get this phone to a lot of people.
I'd be pretty happy with 16GB. I don't ask for much. Its design is amazing. Love its back.
Bonovox6 years, 10 months ago
Well I live with 16 gig in my Lumia.
Indiandawg6 years, 10 months ago
I love the photo sphere feature!
Bonovox6 years, 10 months ago
I don't like the design though,the back is horrible but again great specs
pt0206 years, 10 months ago
I like the design of the phone front and back,looks much better than on the prototypes
If I did not have the N7 it night have been my first LG.
tranced6 years, 10 months ago
Now that I look at the design again, it remembered me the Prada. That's just me. Don't judge me.
bhavitsoft6 years, 10 months ago
Good features n LG Nexus is there. But as HDMI is not available. Connectivity problem ?
Supa_Fly6 years, 10 months ago
Great design, great price, solid features! LTE being as disparate in global areas; right choice to leave it out. Rather have battery life using this beaut than anything else. MHL supports HDMI via USB port on this device
PS: My IP5 is very envious right now. Anyone have a solid notes app that does NOT require internet connection to create new entries?!
Bonovox6 years, 10 months ago
Main problem for me is it's Android
Lightspeed_x6 years, 10 months ago
@Bonovox: It seems you're faring well with WP. Is it that nice?... I'm thinking about a Lumia 920 but yet undecided.
Do Windows Phone have a decent black/whitelist app in the market?
Bonovox6 years, 10 months ago
Yes I love WP & with WP8 now out it's even better. You'll never experience lag on WP. What you mean by black/white list?? The apps are now at 120,000 and growing everyday. Windows Metro UI is beautiful and amazing to use.

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Material things don't matter,but Rock n Roll does!!!!

Nokia Lumia 800 White
[ This Message was edited by: Bonovox on 2012-11-16 01:30 ]
Lightspeed_x6 years, 10 months ago
I mean a blacklist and/or whitelist app for calls, ala Sony Ericsson A200 software platform, or more recently Android apps such as Root Call Blocker Pro.
Such apps are really useful to me
[ This Message was edited by: Lightspeed_x on 2012-11-02 21:01 ]
etaab6 years, 10 months ago
Heh, shame you wont be getting WP8 then unless you change phones.
I like this phone but i think they would have been better suited to sticking with Samsung.
The total lack of large capacity storage ruins the phone entirely. I filled up my SGS3 internal memory recently. Without its SD card i'd be in a very difficult situation.
Bonovox6 years, 10 months ago
Yeah I will get the new features and home screen in 7.8 anyway. Am looking to get WP8 soon enough. Video sample from Nexus 4. Noisy distorted sound

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4CbYXKxj6I&feature=g-all-u
[ This Message was edited by: Bonovox on 2012-11-02 21:22 ]
Bonovox6 years, 10 months ago
Engadget says battery life not good

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bZP4nUFVC6s
etaab6 years, 10 months ago
I can imagine it being rather poor. You'd spend so much time uploading and downloading to and from dropbox with such limited storage.
Supa_Fly6 years, 10 months ago

On 2012-11-02 22:00:52, Lightspeed_x wrote:
I mean a blacklist and/or whitelist app for calls, ala Sony Ericsson A200 software platform, or more recently Android apps such as Root Call Blocker Pro.
Such apps are really useful to me
[ This Message was edited by: Lightspeed_x on 2012-11-02 21:01 ]


This app is for hongkong users
http://www.windowsphone.com/e[....]c4-be81-469e-87bb-acc05087e86c
Still Windows Phone 8 offers limited options for apps and things most tech savvy users require that their used to on S60/UIQ/Android.
Still, I find this Nexus4 to be a solid product.
Supa_Fly6 years, 10 months ago
Comparison with previous generation:
http://versusio.com/en/google[....]4-vs-samsung-galaxy-nexus-16gb
37% smaller semiconductor size/newer CPU: 28nm vs 45nm
2.5x faster CPU clock speed:
4x 1.5Ghz vs 2x 1.2Ghz
20% more battery power
It can be charged w/o any plugs and wires similar to electric shavers or toothbrushes (as extra)
1.0gb more RAM memory
It can automatically shoot pictures with an higher dynamic range (HDR)
On some displays, especially AMOLED, two pixel share one subpixel like green; screens w/o sharing are crisper
Bonovox6 years, 10 months ago


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Material things don't matter,but Rock n Roll does!!!!

Nokia Lumia 800 White
[ This Message was edited by: Bonovox on 2012-11-16 01:31 ]
luwi6 years, 10 months ago

On 2012-10-30 02:26:27, Caspa wrote:
I'm sold. 279 for 16GB. Bargain.

why 279? i thought 217($349) for 16gb?
etaab6 years, 10 months ago
To be honest i think all the app stores are about the same. I know people will say Apple has the most closely followed and about to be overtaken than Android, but to be honest you wouldnt know because theres simply more apps than anyone would ever get time to use.
So i agree, app counts are pretty pointless. On my devices i find usually i install 50 apps or less.
But i dont think the Microsoft Marketplace does itself any favours with app enthusiasts with how its laid out. It offers only a small amount of apps per screen and even then you have to click through links to open more.
Bonovox6 years, 10 months ago


_________________
Material things don't matter,but Rock n Roll does!!!!

Nokia Lumia 800 White
[ This Message was edited by: Bonovox on 2012-11-16 01:32 ]
Bonovox6 years, 10 months ago
The Nexus 4 is showing in O2 store brochure
Tsepz_GP6 years, 10 months ago

On 2012-11-04 06:20:40, Hardened wrote:

On 2012-11-02 22:00:52, Lightspeed_x wrote:
I mean a blacklist and/or whitelist app for calls, ala Sony Ericsson A200 software platform, or more recently Android apps such as Root Call Blocker Pro.
Such apps are really useful to me
[ This Message was edited by: Lightspeed_x on 2012-11-02 21:01 ]


This app is for hongkong users
http://www.windowsphone.com/e[....]c4-be81-469e-87bb-acc05087e86c
Still Windows Phone 8 offers limited options for apps and things most tech savvy users require that their used to on S60/UIQ/Android.
Still, I find this Nexus4 to be a solid product.


Indeed, although, IMO, id say its more tech savvy functions than apps that are missing in WP. The lack of Instagram and Flipboard are part of the reason that make me not even consider WP yet for my next phone, but the bigger things for IMO is lack of Bluetooth file transfer of any media, lack of "true" multitasking, lack of customizability, lack of a wider range of codec support, no notification center and no Mass Storage (WTF Microsoft!??) amongst other minor things.
Anyway, im hoping there are 32GB and 64GB variants of this coming, with a CPU+GPU like that this thing is ready for some serious gaming and media consumption.
Bonovox6 years, 10 months ago
[ This Message was edited by: Bonovox on 2012-11-16 01:34 ]

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