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Google Nexus 4 ships with minor design changes

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Google Nexus 4 ships with minor design changes
Comparing an older Google Nexus 4 with a newly received model, the guys at Android Central confirmed that the Google Nexus 4 is shipping with a design change. It's nothing major and if you didn't know it was there, you probably would never notice it. What has been added is, for lack of a better word, is a pair of "nubs". They can be found on the rear of the phone, above the two screw holes.

The nubs (circled) on the newer Google Nexus 4

The nubs (circled) on the newer Google Nexus 4

So what is the point of adding these, uh, nubs? Well, when the phone is placed screen up on a table, it creates room between the table and the flush speaker, allowing for the full sound to come out of the rear speaker unimpeded and unblocked. Not only do these amazing nubs make music sound better on your Google Nexus 4, they even make the phone itself look better by preventing the glass from getting scratched. We wonder how many engineers it took to develop the "nub".

Another change has been spotted in the camera. The lens and the ring around it are now smaller. There could be a reason for this, but most likely it was done for cosmetic reasons.
 
source: mobiFlip (translated) via AndroidCentral

Comparing the new and old camera on the Google Nexus 4

Comparing the new and old camera on the Google Nexus 4


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posted on 01 Apr 2013, 22:16 6

1. BiN4RY (Posts: 80; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


I fail to see how this is even newsworthy. Those changes are virtually unnoticeable or affects anything.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 22:19

2. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I agree. Can we call this a "facelift"?

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 04:01

11. 12013E12T (Posts: 37; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)


Apple would ;p

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 23:42 4

5. PhoenixWright (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


Truth is it really affects the sound, its gonna be louder with the nubs.
Try ko cup the speaker of your phone and listen to the difference.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 01:41

8. dbareis (Posts: 6; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Well I've got the old one and have to prop up the phone so I can hear the speaker, I would not need to do that with the new one. I'm just amazed they were that stupid the first time...

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 22:52

3. ilkinandr92 (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


Think this is April fools joke lol

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 23:11 1

4. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


Today any piece of s**t can hv the privilege to be called a news.....so jst beware and wish u luck....

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 07:19 2

12. bucky (Posts: 1300; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


someone might find it useful even if you don't. Thx for apocalyptic warning.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 12:44

13. PhoenixWright (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


This would probably not be made public if this site were a general news site but this is Phonearena, every news about phones should show up no matter big or small the news is since This is a dedicated site for things related to phones, tablets, and the likes.

Sooooooo, say some President of somewhere was killed by a nuclear blast, don't expect any privilege from this site making that headline news unless he died and was found holding his S4 in hand.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 01:25

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 1688; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Why the subtle shots at Google Alan F? Referring to these nubs as 'amazing' and 'wondering how many engineers it took to come up with these nubs' is giving the impression that you 'aren't impressed'. Do you guys at PA have control over what you write about?

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 01:29

7. hipnotika (Posts: 283; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


woo hoo my nexus wont scratch any more :P

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 01:46

9. lallolu (Posts: 229; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


Why are people talking so naive. In design, a small change can have great impact just like this little change in design they made. This little protrusion will make sound louder and it will protect the back of the phone from getting scratches. It can even protect the back from breaking due to impact, if the phone fell flat.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 03:17

10. boosook (Posts: 914; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


SonyEricsson always designed their phones so that the speaker was never covered even when you left the phone flat of the table. They did it sometimes through a curved shape of the back, sometimes with the protruding SE logo, or both... these should be basic design choices and sometimes, when I see that even the most obvious design choices have not been done, I wonder if people who design phones also use them.

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