First AOSP Android 4.4 ROMS Popping Up, Nexus 4 Included

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With Android 4.4 hitting AOSP yesterday, it was only a matter of time before the first set of stock ROMs started showing up for our favorite devices. An AOSP Nexus 4 ROM was the first to pop into our inboxes late last night, though we are sure there could be more at this point. For now though, we wanted to share this to get you into the comments and sharing others for other devices.  (more…)

Nexus 4 With LTE Stopped by Bluetooth SIG Yesterday? (Updated)

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A week or so ago, a rumor surfaced suggesting that Google may introduce a Nexus 4 with LTE alongside the Nexus 5. As you are all well aware, the Nexus 4 originally launched last year without LTE, something many couldn’t give Google a pass for. In a day filled with nothing but LTE, the lack of it in Google’s flagship smartphone was inexcusable. But what if they were to re-introduce the phone again this year, only this time with LTE on board? According to a Bluetooth SIG filing that dropped yesterday, there may be a chance of that happening.  (more…)

Nexus 5 vs. Nexus 4 [Specs]

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Thanks to a leaked service manual for the upcoming LG Nexus 5 that arrived over the weekend, there really is very little we don’t know about the phone outside of a release date and price. Well, the name “Nexus 5″ is still not yet 100% confirmed, meaning Google could end up going “Nexus 4” again like they did with the 2013 Nexus 7. We continue to see references to both names here and there. But either way, we feel as if we have a pretty good grasp on all things new Nexus phone.

Below, we’ve put together the most recent set of specs, pulled from FCC documents and the service manual. None of this is official until Google announces the phone, it’s simply info gathered from a number of leaks.  (more…)

Images Reportedly Show Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” UI Changes – New Dialer, Messaging, and More?

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Yesterday, the images we have included in this post were sent to 9to5Google as a potential first look at Android 4.4Kit Kat.” Are they real or are they fake? That’s the big question on the tech media’s mind right now. The images show a familiar wallpaper, newly redesigned flat icons, and new UIs for both the dialer and messaging application. So are they the real deal? I don’t think anyone really knows. They could be a brilliant troll job or they could be an early enough look at Kit Kat that shows all sorts of inconsistencies for Google to tidy up before launch.  (more…)

Nexus 4 16GB Now Sold Out Through Google Play as Well

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Space has officially been cleared for the arrival of the next Nexus. Both 16GB and 8GB variants of the Nexus 4 are now sold out through Google Play, neither of which is likely to return. After a price drop of $100 for each phone, it took less than a week for the 8GB model to sell out. Here we are two weeks later and the 16GB version has joined the party.

We still don’t know the official name of the next Nexus, but we do know that it will be made by LG and look a heck of a lot like this. And this. Oh, and this.

Hopefully you had a chance to pick up an N4 before they sold out this afternoon. Even after being on the market for a year, it was still one of the best smartphone deals on the planet.

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8GB Nexus 4 Now Out of Stock on Google Play

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Well, the $100 price drop less than a week ago certainly worked, as the 8GB Nexus 4 is now sold out through Google Play. If Google was trying to push out remaining inventory before they announce a new Nexus phone, they only have the 16GB version left to worry about. At $249, I’d imagine it won’t last long either. There is still a small chance that the 8GB version returns, since the listing does say “We are out of inventory. Please check back soon.” However, that seems unlikely at this point.

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Nexus 4 Price Drops by $100 for Both 8GB and 16GB Variants, Now $199 and $249

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I don’t know what’s going on, but Google just dropped the price of the Nexus 4 by $100 for both 8GB and 16GB models. So yes, you can get a brand new off-contract phone for either $199 or $249, respectively. As you can see from the screenshot at the top of this post, the Play store listing for the 16GB model mentions that the change was made purposefully. Holy deal.

Does it mean that the new Nexus is on the way? Are they clearing inventory for something else? Is it a temporary change? I’m not sure I care as my mind is still wrapping itself around a really incredible phone being sold off-contract for the same price that you see most phones selling for on-contract. Sure, it doesn’t have LTE, but HSPA+ is plenty fast in most situations. It’s also a Nexus. (more…)

Nexus 4 to Receive Update to Build JWR66Y of Android 4.3

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According to T-Mobile support, the Nexus 4 is scheduled to receive a new build of Android 4.3 any day now. The build number is JWR66Y, which differs slightly from the JWR66V that rolled out a few weeks ago. The only improvement they list is for “security,” so this likely is incredibly minor. Also, the jump from “V” to “Y” shouldn’t get you all that excited anyway.

The update should become available today, at least in some form, probably a staged rollout. The update is 1.8MB in size.

Via:  T-Mobile Support