Report claims Google I/O will reveal just an updated 32GB Google Nexus 4 with LTE support
insisting that the device is still in the prototype stage, an appearance at Google I/O seems out. And that brings up a report from SidhTech which cites unnamed sources in saying that the only phone to be revealed at next month's Google I/O developer conference will be an updated Google Nexus 4. The new model will feature an expanded 32GB of native storage and will include support for LTE and CDMA.
What makes this believable is that it addresses some issues that were seen on the current version of the Google Nexus 4, namely the lack of an LTE radio. Also, the inclusion of CDMA support will allow Sprint and Verizon to offer the phone. The 32GB model takes care of those who complained about not having a microSD slot for the phone.
So what if this is all that is coming to Google I/O, at least phone-wise? Would it be enough for you to lose faith in your fellow man? Just take this report with the same grain of salt and skepticism that we suggested with the LG Megalodon and you'll remain perfectly balanced all day. Google I/O runs from May 15th through the 17th 2013.
Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!
source: SidhTech via TechnoBuffalo
1. GeekMovement (Posts: 1575; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Nice, Sprint finally gets it, but hopefully the specs get some updates...
33. Note2waitingonNote3 (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
The ONLY THING that matters this year will be the Galaxy Note 3. The article started with specs that will be the Galaxy Note 3 come September. The Exynos 5 Octa processor clocked at 2.3ghz, 16meg camera, 3.0 front facing camera, 3gb of ram, 4200mAh battery, and android 5.0 Kie Lime Pie straight out of the box. Nothing will ever compare to the Galaxy Note 3 NOT the Motorola Xphone, Nexus 5, Lg Optimus G2, or the silly iphone 5s/6. From September to July 2014 the Galaxy Note 3 will dominate period.
35. blingblingthing (Posts: 462; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Lol. It's android to the world for me, but I'll prefer a nexus device over the high end galaxy series just because of the prices.
61. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
This is just NOW getting LTE and 32GB???
I really wish I could switch to Android but there is nothing out there worth getting.
70. moronman66 (Posts: 160; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
There are plenty of phones out there worth getting, this one in particular has a very limited selection because they want to keep price down as much as possible, if you want an LTE Android phone with up to 128 GB of storage, get a 64 GB Galaxy S4 (Or even Galaxy S3 if you can find it), and get a 64 GB MicroSD card, if you were to need that much storage.
85. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
cheap build quality plastic... ew no thanks.
38. qadeerhussain (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)
Oh realy....... Note III will dominate the world from Sep, 13 to Jul, 14? It will be a cheap plastic product with alot of gimmicks. To me, Optimus G II willbe the next big thing. It maynot sell like GS IV, But it will make any other smartphone on planet look outdated.
44. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I'm waiting for the Note 3 myself; cheap plastic and all. Screw what people say. I want a removable battery and sd card support.
46. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5975; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
The whining about cheap plastic is just so much... whining.
When you don't offer a removable battery or micro SD expandable memory or an octacore Exynos processor, you are reduced to whining.
The Note III is going to be the state-of-the art from Sept/Oct 2013 to around May 2014. Even after May, it won't be obsolete, just a bit slower than the GS V.
And everyone else will still be... whining about cheap plastic.
98. synthetic_llama (Posts: 22; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)
Lol your comment reminds me of the comparison of COD black ops vs battlefield 3. Though its not exactly true, cause the galaxy premium suite is basically the only thing that adds worth to the note series. split screen hands down.
43. darkkjedii (Posts: 13324; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
So what you're saying is.......everyone on earth should get a note 3?
45. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
No. What he is saying is that Note 3 will be phone of the year.
47. jellmoo (Posts: 725; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Phone of the year? Unlikely. Tablet of the year? Possibly.
60. darkkjedii (Posts: 13324; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
There's still gonna be so many different phones for different people though. I'm not so sure he meant phone of the year, but it probably will be.
58. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4123; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
That is entirely false. Believe it or not, some people don't want phablets (including me), and so the Motorola X, Nexus 5, Optimus G2, HTC One, and Galaxy S4 are all much better alternatives than the Note series. I don't care what "special" Note exclusive features it has, I don't care how crazy the specs are, and I don't care how small the bezel is; any phone with a screen size larger than 5.5" with any bezel at all is just too damn big for a consumer with average sized hands. Some people may learn to tolerate it despite its size, but I don't want to be one of those people.
With that logic; the Galaxy Note 3 will NOT dominate. It will have a very small portion of the market like it always has, and that's that.
59. teerex42 (Posts: 170; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)
Ok you people need to STOP with the plastic bulls**t. the f**kING PHONE IS NOT PLASTIC, IT IS POLY-CARBONATE!!!!! BIG DIFFERENCE!!!!! If you're so worried about the feel of this so called plastic then get a clue!!!! Get off your brain dead ideologies and check the facts before you run your face! I see lots and lots of bulls**t breath whining about the phones being plastic oh and yeah the gimmicks too..please!!!!! You ass clowns are just jealous cause ur phone is a piece of s**t and doesn't compare to Samsung the best smart phone maker period....even though I have been partial to NOKIA phones for some reason but damn there aren't any Android versions that I'm aware of lol. Jealousy gets you nowhere but a good old fashion ass whopping!!
62. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
well polycarbonate has never felt so cheap... ;p
63. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4123; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Polycarbonate - any of various tough transparent thermoplastics characterized by high impact strength and high softening temperature
"tough transparent thermoplastics characterized by high impact strength and high softening temperature"
"tough transparent thermoplastics"
99. synthetic_llama (Posts: 22; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)
lol haaaa. the break down. narrowing the sentence to word... to word within word. "Plastic" hahaha.
73. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
To ad to berzerk coment and dumb it down teerex your an idiot. Polycarb is plastic. Although great plastic. Just as copper aluminum gold silver are all metal. I have a note 2 and love it. Its my favorite phone but I do hate that its made of plastic.
75. MobileNico (Posts: 53; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
When you speak in absolutes like this, you sound like you must be about.... 12.
Samsung is currently the best, until someone else makes a better device, which can happen at any time. Stop your religious-like reverence of a company. Any company. It's stupid, childish and you have no idea what any company has in their device pipeline other than what is said.
I own a Samsung, a Nexus, a Motorola and an HTC device. I also use ALL brands of phones for a living, given that I sell them. No biases here, every company has their strengths.
91. jcarrigan (unregistered)
haha i love the enthusiasm teerex42. but you gotta calm down otherwise PA will get mad at you because you hurt someones feelings lol. Dont get me wrong, i love samsung and their devices, but i would love a metal samsung android phone that way i can hit someone with it and do damage if they talk crap about android lol.
71. true1984 (Posts: 596; Member since: 23 May 2012)
4200mAh? isnt that in tablets? just how big is this phone supposed to be? i understand you want the note 3 but arent your expectations a little unrealistic?
74. MobileNico (Posts: 53; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
And for those of us who DON'T want a phablet? Spare me your fanboyism. People have these things called preferences, which allows us to differentiate from your narrow frame of thought with regards to phones. The Note 3 will sell like hotcakes, no doubt, but not nearly as well as its one-handed coutnerpart (the S4) will. The phablet form factor still hasn't won the majority of users over, and that's not gonna change any time soon. That being said, many Android power users (not all, but many) prefer stock Android to Samsung's TouchWiz UI. So that's two things keeping it from "dominating". Lastly, the plastic body is something that many users dislike about the Galaxy S/Note series. I'm not saying it won't sell well, I'm just saying you sound retarded.
Also, can't wait for the sequel to the Nexus 7.
78. mydi.maus (unregistered)
are you dreaming?
2. ap1989 (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
yess i have the galaxy nexus with verizon and getting tired of it. hope they sell an no contract verizon version for $299
10. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Hopefully google keeps that 300 dollar price tag for the LTE version and the bands work for verizon.
3. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Very disappointing if it is the only phone they will introduce. i was waiting for the MotoX. I mean the Phone X. might as well wait for some changes.. salt please
8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i'd be okay with a good tablet being the only hardware at I/O tbh.
like a new Nexus 7 or more preferably a Nexus 8.
there should be a very slightly updated Nexus 10 too.
even just as a foot note they should just be like "oh and we're aware of the lag that's been going on with the Nexus 10 so future models will now ship with the Exynos 5 Octa"
56. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4123; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
If there's a Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 at I/O, I'm going to get my wallet ready if it has standard hardware for 2013. Ever since I got hands on time with the Xyboard 8.2 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 a year or two ago, I've just loved tablets in that form factor, I just never dropped the money because I was waiting for successors to those tablets, which sadly never came.
64. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
same and i'm sure Google would be real kind to our wallets should we decide to bring them in.
yeah, 8 inch tablets are defintely the best in my opinion. i actually got a Xyboard 8.2 because it was a fairly large tablet but not too large to not grab on a whim and take out with you should you want to. i could fit the thing into the back pocket of most of my pants. i really loved that tablet but alas it started to fall behind and i traded it for a Nexus 7.
55. Hemlocke (unregistered)
It appears that your wait for the Phone X will be rewarded, as you are now getting the successor before the original was ever introduced. You get the Phone Y, instead.
4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
keep it. my MAXX HD is unlocked and running the Pac Man ROM now.
stock 4.2.2 + MAXX Battery = massive win ;D
7. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Maxx HD is way more expensive off contract though. Its a nice phone though no doubt.
9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
that's true. even it's forum value puts it a Benjamin or two over the N4 from Google. i think that if i hadn't used an upgrade on the MAXX HD back in November and i had this choice to make now i'd probably get the Nexus 4 to tide me over until second half 2013 phones start coming out and i could use my upgrade on one of those. btw i know how to upgrade without losing my unlimited data so yeah, i do still have unlimited data. i know, i'm good. ;)
11. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Mind sharing cause I don't and don't want to lose my unlimited data so I'm stuck on a old phone waiting for the prices of phones to go down. (is it calling customer service and saying your going to cancel?) My friend claims to have done that and it work. I don't believe it though.
12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
no, actually i think it's kind of a circumstantial kind of thing because on my family plan i have 4 smartphones and one basic phone. the same plan we've had for years but anyway what you can do if you have a line with unlimited data and an upgrade along with a line with a basic phone on it is call customer support and tell them you want to transfer the upgrade to the line with the basic phone currently active on it. you purchase the phone over the phone and then when it comes to your home you just activate the phone on the line with unlimited data that you want to use it on and that just kicks the data plan off of the line that the basic phone is meant to be on. support reps are well aware of this and when i called to inquire about doing it myself the guy i spoke to knew just what i was talking about and he even prepared the phone to be activated on the line i wanted to use the MAXX HD on when i got it so the addition of a data plan on my basic phone line only lasted as long as it took him to complete the ordering process. i was really tickled that i was able to do that.
16. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Nice but now that you signed a new two year contract wouldn't that mean you have to pay for data on that basic phone's line. I don't have any basic phones on my line so that doesn't work for me anyway. That's sick though! You really are the king.
20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
nope, no smartphone, no data. that's how it works on my plan. i don't know if it would be different on other, more newer plans but that's how it works on mine. yeah, it's a shame that it's a loophole only for certain people because it's a very good loophole that i'll be using again for sure. totes bro, totes. lol but really thanks man. that's nice of you to say. c:
23. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
I don't even use 2gbs anyway but scared if I get a lte phone it will be close. College wi-fi is my primary Internet provider so I don't rely on 3G. Enjoy the loophole I'm jelly.
27. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
it's a possibility. i imagine your data usage would climb a bit after getting an LTE device but most users don't go beyond that 2GB limit. funny story my dad actually went to VZW recently to get another car dock for the Droid DNA i gave him recently and the store clerk of course started putting his moves on him and suggested to him that he wouldn't really need unlimited data, that he'd be better off with the cheaper tiered plans they offer now but he was like "nooo, i like my cushion" you know? i wasn't there but that's how he told it. so the store clerk asks if he can check his data usage and my dad says sure so he pulls it up and 2 of our lines had over 40GB of usage. needless to say the store clerk didn't offer my dad any more of the tiered plans and instead advised using Wi-Fi more in the future but what i think all that data usage came from was that my mom and i had been using the mobile hotspot feature on our phones (a Razr M and my MAXX HD both of which were rooted with the entitlement check turned off for the free, unadulterated use of the hotspot function) for the primary source of internetz in the house because our ISP was on the fritz and that lasted around a month. normally i don't think we use that much data but you know it's better to have it and not need it, that's what i always say.
67. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
That's how I feel as well. I don't use more then 2 gb but I like the cushion
80. Twashbush (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)
Could you PM me with details on how to upgrade and keep my unlimited data. cause i'm up for upgrade later this year would love to not have to spend full retail
82. Twashbush (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)
sorry didn't see that you had explained it already. I use 20-50 gb a month tethering on my phone, let alone the 3 other smartphones on my plan so i have to keep my unlimited
50. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6798; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
U cant unlocked a verizon razr hd maxx.
65. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i'm afraid you've been misinformed. any S4 powered Motorola is now unlockable.
5. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
What?! They should introduce the Motorola X and the LG Megalodon! Please Google!
Now the only thing I need is salt, a very salty salt!
14. a_merryman (Posts: 733; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
They should at least provide a sneak peek for one of those 2
40. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Yup, just a teaspoon. Hope I will feel better! lol xD
6. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Honestly this is big for me. I actually want a CDMA nexus 4 for vzw. I could buy it for 300 and keep my unlimited data and get on the LTE network. I don't really care for a better processor, more ram, or a better cam. A even bigger battery would be huge though.