Android fans who were hoping to get a look at the latest Nexus smartphones and tablets today will have to wait a little longer because of concerns surrounding Hurricane Sandy. Since the waterfront pier where the event had been scheduled is now in an evacuation zone, Google has cancelled the event.
One of the devices that were supposed to be presented today is the Google Nexus 4 phone running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. You will be able to purchase the device in the Google Play store starting November 13 in either 8 GB or 16 GB unlocked version without contract for $299 and $349, respectively.
On the same day it will also be available in the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, and Australia. T-Mobile will start offering the 16GB version of the Nexus 4 for $199 with a two-year contract one day later, on November 14. Customers in other parts of Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, and the Middle East will be getting their phones at the end of November.
New Google Nexus 4 by LG – Overview
This time, Google worked with a new partner, LG, to bring its new Nexus device to life. The Nexus 4 features a 4.7-inch IPS Plus touch screen with a 1280 x 768 pixel resolution, and is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. The phone also has 2 GB of RAM and, as mentioned before, 8 GB or 16 GB of built-in memory.
The smartphone is equipped with an 8 megapixel rear camera with HD 1080p video recording and 360 degree panorama mode as well as a 1.3 megapixel front facing shooter for more fun while video calling.
The Nexus 4 has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth and an NFC connection for Google Wallet payments, and wireless charging capabilities. Some may find it disappointing that the phone is an 3G HSPA+ device, so no LTE experience is to be expected.
It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which so far is still called Jelly Bean just like the 4.1 version, and offers multiple user accounts improved camera features, Miracast TV mirroring, and more. Probably the biggest advantage of any Nexus device is the fact that it carrier pure Android operating system, unchanged by third-party modifications or applications. It means that it will get updates to the next version of Android much earlier than other non-Nexus phones.
One very exciting feature of the new Google Nexus 4 is the inclusion of wireless induction charging, which is still rather innovative for smartphones. With that feature users will be able to charge the phone wirelessly by placing the device on a compatible wireless charging mat. Wow!