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LG rumored to halt production of Google Nexus 4 in favor of next-gen Nexus

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LG rumored to halt production of Google Nexus 4 in favor of next-gen Nexus
If you thought the LG built Google Nexus 4 was hard to find before, think about how hard it will be to find if the rumor that is making the rounds right now, is true. The speculation is that LG has halted production of the Google Nexus 4 while the Korean manufacturer starts building new Nexus models. At CES, LG Electronics senior vice president James Fisher hinted that the Google Nexus 4 was just the first of a number of Nexus models that LG is working on. This means a new LG built Nexus branded smartphone or tablet could be on the way. Those following LG closely say that a new Nexus device made by LG could be displayed at next month's MWC in Barcelona.

Production of the Google Nexus 4 might be on hold

Production of the Google Nexus 4 might be on hold

The Google Nexus 4 was sold out in the first 24 minutes that it went up for sale at the Google Play Store in November. Priced at $299 and $349 for the 8GB and 16GB models respectively, the phones were offered unlocked and with no contracts which made the price quite attractive. At T-Mobile, the 16GB model, when in stock, was going for $199.99 with a signed two-year contract or $499.99 unlocked. Despite the fact that the price for the unlocked model on T-Mobile was $150 more than Google was charging for the exact same phone, it was sold out at the carrier for weeks at a time. As it turned out, the shortages were more a function of low supply rather than high demand and some Google Nexus 4 buyers, using the serial numbers on their phones, computed that only about 375,000 units were sold.

One part of the rumor that seems to be at odds with historical precedence is that LG would make the announcement of its next Nexus device at MWC. Typically, Google makes the announcement at a separate event. You might recall that Google was expected to introduce the LG built Google Nexus 4, the Samsung produced Google Nexus 10 and an updated ASUS made Google Nexus 7 before Hurricane Sandy forced the event to be canceled. If past is prologue, the next LG made Google Nexus device would be introduced during the 2013 Google I/O which is being held from May 15th through May 17th this year.

The rumor that LG would put the Google Nexus 4 on hold did not mention when those holding orders for the phone would eventually receive their device. As we told you Monday,  T-Mobile is receiving a limited number of Google Nexus 4 units with one store receiving only 5 units to sell. Currently, the Google Nexus 4 in both 8GB and 16GB variants remains sold out at the Google Play Store.

source: Electronista

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posted on 14 Jan 2013, 19:47 7

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1333; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


375K sold is a pretty bad number for a nexus device :(

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 19:58 1

5. wendygarett (unregistered)


In my country, it cost equivalent to $500 in US 16gb...

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:37 4

15. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Hard for me to want a Nexus 4 when it's not on Verizon and when you have the Note 2 and HTC DNA to choose from. The beauty of sticking with Android.
Maybe one day Windows phone 8 will get there. I wouldn't mine Microsoft beating Apple one bit.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 22:26 1

31. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


I have the Lumia 920 and it's an awesome phone that is equal to or better than just about anything out there, in terms of it's build quality and features. Also, WP8 is as good as iOS and Android, except for the lack of apps, and most of popular ones that people typically install and use are there now...

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 01:48

40. jstahl (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


How often do you charge your battery on Lumia? 3 times a day? ROFL

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 09:35

44. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


You must be crazy. Look up the reviews, and you'll find out that the Nexus 4 has worse battery life than the Lumia 920. It's quad core, remember? You need that as well as 2 gig RAM just to move that clunky Android interface around the screen ;o)

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 23:54

36. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


its time to call in Motorola and finally make a high-end Nexus! I want it! with:
1) replaceable battery (real smartphone I can intensively use whole day! Nexus 4 I CAN NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
2) more storage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thats why I'm going to stick with Galaxy Nexus.......with 16Gb I can survive but.....

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 00:01

37. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5523; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The whole LG experience would make me avoid an LG edition Nexus going forward. There would be every expectation of LG biffing the production of the phone. First, they under-produce. Then, when demand is off-the-charts, they produce the Nexus 4 in 50K unit production (per quarter?!) runs. Finally when there is a whiff of a rumor that there will be a new Nexus, they shut down production of the current gen Nexus phone. Now contrast that with Sammy who is still pumping out GS IIIs in the midst of rumors being churned out about the GS IV.

F*CK LG!

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 19:50 2

2. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 232; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


It was barely ever in stock anyway .

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 03:17

42. _Bone_ (Posts: 2103; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Yeah, it was mostly a teasing device over one you had the chance to own. A little hard to believe they'd stop production so soon for the new one, more likely is LG not doing good profitable phones and the N4 wasn't helping.

That, or Google will announce an upgraded Nexus 4 with LTE and fullHD screen - after all it has the same HW as a dozen 5" fullHD rivals. My next target phone is exactly that, but I sure hope the new Nexus will wait out until the A15 architecture is ready with some of the 13MP HDR magic, so not so fast, Google. :)

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 19:52 3

3. papss (unregistered)


Agreed.. Though for me this design is the best nexus has ever looked.. Its pure sexy.. Too bad they flubbed the production up.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:23 2

12. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


Completely agree. Up until then I thought all LG phones where crap plastic phones. Nexus 4 is just flat out amazing...

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 19:54 4

4. fistigons (Posts: 262; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


Still waiting for the 32gb version. 8gb is pointless.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:26 2

23. -SEUL8TR- (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Worthless

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 00:01

38. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5523; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I hope you are patient.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:05 1

6. ajac09 (Posts: 1337; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


called it. Wish LG wasnt going to make the next version ug

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:08 1

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


wow, the Nexus 4 is making a big mess...thankfully it was cheap so consumers aren't having to suffer because of it too bad.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:20 2

11. 14545 (Posts: 1055; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Unfortunately, it's made by LG. Hopefully Google dumps LG as fast as they picked them up. I would like to see a Moto Nexus, or another HTC nexus.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:57 2

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


fingers crossed on getting a Moto Nexus here.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:01

18. wendygarett (unregistered)


I think it's just another moto xoom successor lol :)

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:47 2

28. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


shoot, i'd settle for just that. o:
it's either gonna be one or both for me if Motorola has anything to go with the next Nexus suite.
i'm really looking for a Tablet though being that i already have a MAXX HD.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:10

8. cretinick (Posts: 147; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


If they put a bigger screen in the same body, it will be a f**ktastic Phone! From where I see, they have some bezel to cut in the Nexus 4... But I don't know if it goes to 5 or 5.5 inches...

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:18 1

9. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


I actually held this phone a few weeks ago and played around with it. It is an amazing phone...pleasantly surprised. It is just too bad it is not compatible with Verizon's 4G LTE. If it wasnt for the whole Verizon Galaxy Nexus debacle that took place. Carriers in the states have way too much power if you ask me. I really hope another one is released with 4G LTE.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:17 1

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6116; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


because GSM is a world wide network than CDMA. unless if u like just buy a pre paid SIM card like STRAIGHT talk 45$ unlimited card if u like.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 23:17

34. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


I know GSM is used world wide. In regards to the pre-paid sim card...now there is an idea. Thanks my dude.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:20 3

10. HTCOE (Posts: 406; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


im waiting on motorola to make the next nexus not LG.... where's info about the Motorola Nexus!?

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:29

13. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


That was google's plan all along...look for it sometime in the fall at the earliest. Make no qualms about it there will be a MOTO Nexus device coming. I wish I had the link to an article that was tweeted a few weeks ago where one of the google execs said that a MOTO Nexus is coming but that they have to clean house or something...a lot of crap came over with the MOTO purchase.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:16 1

21. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6116; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


have to wait till GOOGLE I/O FOR 5.0 KEYLIME

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:35

14. nexusalltheway (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


Cant wait!!

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:52 1

16. blingblingthing (Posts: 418; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


A new nexus phone? Maybe that Motorola nexus X phone? Will it pack 1080p

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:13

19. BattleBrat (Posts: 1037; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


LG's hardware was always solid, it was the software that sucked, on the nexus, Google takes care of that. As for Verizon getting the Nexus, I'm with Verizon and love the service, but they SCREWED IT BIG on the Galaxy Nexus, and I hope they never get another

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:34

25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


shouldn't you be hoping that Verizon gets another chance to do right with it? we'll both be pretty down if there's a Motorola Nexus and we can't get it.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:48

29. BattleBrat (Posts: 1037; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


my contract is up in August, though the only real other option is T mobile, I tried mobile internet through AT&T NEVER AGAIN, their bad rep is well earned!

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 22:43

32. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, T-Mobile is the only other option for me as well. i'm never going back to AT&T or Sprint if i can help it.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 23:25 1

35. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


You are right Verizon dropped the ball big time with the Galaxy Nexus. I sure hope they get another chance since Moto and Verizon have a "droid" relationship. My biggest fear is that Moto will continue with the Razr lineup with Verizon but the Moto Nexus will not be released for Verizon :(

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:16

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6116; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


damn and the NEXUS IS EVERYONE FAVORITE PHONE. may be MOTOROLA NEXUS WILL BE COMING? with 1080P & TEGRA 4? my only problem with the LG NEXUS 4 is no SD CARD SUPPORT

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:44

27. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'm doubting the next Moto anything will have 1080p. maybe a S4 Pro, Tegra 4 or Qualcomm 600 though.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:30

24. blackice214 (Posts: 163; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Haha everybody that bought a nexus 4 got trolled.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:36

26. hoiur (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)


HUH?! LG just launched in my country Malaysia after a week ago! and now rumours about lg gonna stop production to make way for a new nexus?! i was about to buy one and now i have to wait like hell again! this is so frustrating!

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 22:15

30. Fallin (Posts: 61; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


They need to add LTE and sd card slot.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 22:57

33. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


R.I.P. Nexus 4

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 01:26

39. rustyimtiaz (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


In google I/O they may announce cellular version of nexus 10 (most probably with gren LCD and exynos octa) and a new quad-core (tegra-4 and full HD screen) nexus 7 and a 5.5 inch full HD nexus phone with snapdragon 600 processor with LTE and a slightly different designed back due to the issues with crack and scratches may be the all the devices will utilize dragontrail glases!!! and in CES all the processors showed will be released Q2 of 2013!!!
Hope it turns true!!!

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 02:31

41. ramonleonjr62 (Posts: 48; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


so then why is virgin mobile uk will have nexus 4..hellooo

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 06:57

43. Google99 (Posts: 17; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


I live in Canada and google emailed me saying that the nexus 4 poduction is on track so for me the estimated shipping frame was 7-8 weeks so that means my nexus 4 will be coming next week or the week later because I ordered mine on dec 3. Apparentley there will be no delays or back orders at the moment

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