Google employee leaves behind LG Nexus 4 at bar

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Oct 262012
 

GoogleWhere have we heard this story? Guy walks into a bar and hours later walks out, leaving behind a prototype smartphone. It’s already happened twice with Apple iPhones and now appears to have repeated itself with a LG Nexus 4.

It all happened at the 500 Club in San Francisco. A bartender found the lost device last month. He thought little of it at first as about 20 phones get left behind every week. But this one went unclaimed. Locked and without SIM card, the bartender had no way to identify who it might belong to. He recognized that the ‘not for sale’ sticker and Google logo on the back made it more unusual as well. Things got interesting when he showed it to someone who recognized it as the yet-to-be-announced LG Nexus 4.

From there, the story involves Google’s security team, a wild goose chase, police in riot gear, lawyers, and offers of free phones in exchange for keeping the story quiet. Read the Wired article for a story that reads like a movie script.

The morale of the story: Unreleased smartphones and bars don’t mix.

Read more: Wired

Another LG Nexus 4 picture (Updated)

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Oct 242012
 

Another day, another LG Nexus 4 image. This device is definitely in the running for Most Leaked Device Ever.

Rumoured LG Nexus 4

There are no specification details to go with the new image but past rumours have indicated the following: 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset (APQ8064), Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 4.7-inch HD (1280×768) display, 2GB RAM, 8or 16GB of onboard storage (and no microSD slot), an 8MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front camera, and a 2,100mAh battery. It will be 9.1 millimeters thick and weigh 139 grams.

Update: And one more for good luck!

Rumoured LG Nexus 4

Read more: @evleaks and @evleaks

Rumour: What Google has on tap for October 29th Android event

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Oct 212012
 

Google AndroidWith the promise that “the playground is now open,” Google will host an Android event on October 29th. It is widely expected that Google will use the event to unveil at least one new Nexus device and an updated version of Android. Courtesy of “a source with knowledge of Google’s plans, The Next Web now claims to know exactly what Google has in mind.

On the tablet side, Google will announce two new models for its Nexus 7 lineup. The first will boast 32GB of onboard memory (and sell for CA$269.99?)while the second will match that and add HSPA+ connectivity.

Google also looks set to announce its rumoured 10-inch tablet built by Samsung. Supporting earlier rumours, the report indicates that it will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and offer a 16:10 display with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels (299 PPI). The tablet is codenamed Manta and looks set to be launched at the Google Nexus 10.

On the smartphone side, Google is set to partner with LG to launch the oft-rumoured LG Nexus 4. Specifications are well-known (1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch display, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of storage) at this point and it is set to run Android 4.2.

As for Android 4.2 itself, it will retain the Jelly Bean name. It will come with a number of new features. “Content in the center” will allow users to access Play Store content from a widget while “Tablet Sharing” will offer support for multiple users, giving each their own email and apps. The panoramic camera setting will also be enhanced to support both horizontal and vertical movements.

All in all, October 29th promises to be quite exciting for Android fans.

Read more: The Next Web

LG Nexus 4 specifications and image leak again

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Oct 192012
 

Another day, another LG Nexus 4 rumour. Google’s next Nexus smartphone has surfaced again, this time courtesy of @evleaks. The new image and specifications are consistent with past rumours and reveal little that we did not already know.

Rumoured LG Nexus 4

According to the latest information, the LG Nexus 4 (model E960) is expected to be powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset (APQ8064) and Android Jelly Bean (version identified as MR1 here). It will have a 4.7-inch HD (1280×768) display, 2GB RAM, 8or 16GB of onboard storage (and no microSD slot), an 8MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front camera, and a 2,100mAh battery. It will be 9.1 millimeters thick and weigh 139 grams.

Google is hosting an Android event on October 29th and is widely expected to unveil the LG Nexus 4 and possibly other Nexus devices.

Read more: @evleaks [via Twitter]

LG Nexus price to start at US$399 unlocked?

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Oct 122012
 

Google NexusRumours to date have given us a pretty good idea of what the LG Nexus 4 (or LG Optimus G Nexus) will likely look like, its specifications, and even the announcement date. All that is really missing at this point is the price and ByteNow looks to have that last bit of information. According to their anonymous source, the next Nexus device could start as low as US$399 for the 8GB model.

The report adds that the LG Nexus 4 will go on sale through Google Play and that there may be no carrier partnerships (and subsidized pricing) at launch time. Google and LG will offer GSM-only models at first to keep prices as low as possible. More expensive LTE models have been ruled out for now.

If the 8GB model sells for US$399, it is possible that the 16GB one will sell arond the US$449 mark.

As for the name, it looks like it is about 60% in favour of LG Nexus 4 and 40% for LG Optimus Nexus.

Read more: ByteNow (Source: PhoneArena)

More LG Nexus 4 pictures including size comparisons with iPhone 5

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Oct 112012
 

More pictures of LG’s first Nexus device (the LG Nexus 4?) have surfaced courtesy of Belarusian site Onliner. Much like previous ones, they show a device very similar to the Galaxy Nexus and bearing the model number E960 and the codename Mako.

Rumoured LG Nexus 4

Based on the LG Optimus G, the LG Nexus device will come with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7-inch HD (1280×768) display, and 2GB of RAM. Unlike previous reports, the report adds that it is currently running Android 4.1.2 but that it should be upgraded to 4.2 prior to its release.

Rumoured LG Nexus 4

The LG Nexus 4 is also compared to the Apple iPhone 5 in a number of shots including this one:

Rumoured LG Nexus 4

And if you ever wanted to know how the LG Nexus compares against a stuffed parrot toy, be sure to check Onliner.

LG and Google are rumoured to be unveiling the LG Nexus 4 on October 29th.

Read more: Onliner.by (in Russian) [Google translation] (Source: The Verge)

LG Nexus 4 to launch on October 29th according to Le Figaro

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Oct 102012
 

The rumours of an LG Nexus device continue to come in fast and furious. The latest one now gives us a potential announcement date. According to French newspaper Le Figaro, LG and Google will unveil the LG Nexus 4 on October 29th.

The report adds that the LG Nexus 4 will also go on sale on October 29th in a number of markets. Other markets will see it launch later. For example, France is not expected to see the LG Nexus 4 until early December. A launch on the day of the announcement suggests that it could be available through the Google Play Store much like the Galaxy Nexus and Google Nexus 7 are.

An imminent launch is also supported by a screenshot from the UK’s CarPhone Warehouse inventory system. It shows the LG Nexus 4 will be available in both black and white.

CarPhone Warehouse inventory system showing LG Nexus 4

It remains to be seen if LG’s Nexus device official name will be the LG Nexus 4. One thing is sure: It’s a better name than LG Optimus G Nexus.

Read more: Le Figaro (in French) [Google translation] and The Verge