And just like that, we’ve got Android 4.3 (JWR66V) factory images already available for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (WiFi and HSPA), Nexus 10, and GSM Galaxy Nexus (takju and yakju) variants.
If you don’t want to wait for the OTA to arrive or a .zip to flash, you can always flash factory images in adb. These do wipe your phone though, so keep that in mind.
Via: Google Developers
Android 4.3 is now available as a ROM for the Nexus 4, but outside of a handful of minor tweaks here and there, there isn’t much to talk about. There is something new from it that all of you can install, though, and that’s the latest version of Google Play. This is version 4.2.3, up from the 4.1.10 that was released back in May. We pulled it from the ROM and have links to it below.
There aren’t any obvious changes to, but we know how much you like having the newest of the new. This should work on almost any phone. (more…)
Last night during the DL Show, a reader tipped us to a G+ user who was claiming to have picked up a Nexus 4 from a Googler. Normally, this wouldn’t grab our attention except that he claimed the device was running Android 4.3 and proceeded to post the screenshot you are seeing above. Towards the end of the show, we continued to follow along and then jumped in an IRC channel with the G+ user as the development community worked for hours to try and coach him through a full backup of his system. At around 11:00PM west coast time, they were able to successfully perform a full backup. (more…)
If you read Droid Life on any sort of regular basis, then you know that I’m not the biggest fan of LG’s decision to go with glass on the back of the Nexus 4. In fact, I’ve broken two of them (one was an Optimus G) without knowing what happened. It’s still a mystery to this day. But since I love this damn phone, even with its lack of LTE, I’ve been on a constant lookout for something to protect its backside that doesn’t involve one of those terrible feeling plasticy, filmy, protectors (especially now that mine is white). The option now lives, thanks to our friends at XGEAR. (more…)
The limited edition Nexus 4 in white is now unavailable in both 16GB and 8GB sizes through Google Play. The 8GB version was wiped out last week, but the 16GB version managed to hold out until moments ago. Since the white variants were deemed “limited,” it makes sense that Google would run out of inventory.
good news is that the 16GB version is listed as “temporarily” out, meaning there is a chance that they will have more in the near future. We’ll try to update you as we see changes in inventory.
Update: Scratch that, it’s now listed as “no longer available for sale.”
Via: Google Play
The promo for the white Nexus 4 (8GB) that was coupled with a free white Bumper on Google Play is no longer for sale as of today. We’re a bit confused, because you can still pick-up the 16GB white Nexus 4 with Bumper, along with both black versions of the phone, just not this white 8GB model. If the promo for the free bumper is running out, why not sell the phone by itself? Maybe they will? As of this moment, they aren’t. I guess “limited edition” wasn’t a joke.
We should mention that these Play store listings change quite often, however, they rarely ever switch to “no longer for sale” unless something has permanently changed. We’ll be watching the other pages closely.
If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out our comparison of the white Nexus 4 to the black Nexus 4.
Via: Google Play
With white Nexus 4 in hand and a quick hands-on video and comparison published, there was only one last task for us to complete to round out our coverage – back replacement surgery. You may recall our guide on how to turn the black Galaxy Nexus into a white Galaxy Nexus, and well, we decided to do the same thing with the Nexus 4. Since the white Nexus 4 is nothing more than a black Nexus 4 with a white back piece, we knew long ago when the white version first leaked that swapping out back pieces would be simple. We were right.
In the short guide below, we’ll walk you through the six steps to turning your black Nexus 4 into a white Nexus 4. Since many of you jumped on the black Nexus 4 early on and didn’t have a chance to even consider the white version, this should help you make the transition once (if) white replacement backs ever go up for sale. (more…)
Hey look, the white Nexus 4 for the 50th time! Yeah, we know, you have seen it more times than you probably cared to at this point, especially now that it can be purchased from Google Play, but what’s one more? Ours arrived this afternoon, so we thought we would take it for a spin, compare it to the black version, share some thoughts on swapping out black backs for white backs, and give you a pretty view of that beautiful Crystal Reflection backside. (more…)