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U.K. retailers 86 the Google Nexus 4; is the Google Nexus 5 imminent?

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U.K. retailers 86 the Google Nexus 4; is the Google Nexus 5 imminent?
With Google I/O ready to kick off next week, two U.K. retailers have removed the Google Nexus 4 from their shelves. The move by Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U has led to speculation that the Google Nexus 5 will be introduced next week at the annual developer conference. But this is not a sure thing and one earlier rumor said that the only device to be introduced at Google I/O will be an updated version of the latest Nexus handset produced by LG. According to the speculation, this version of the Nexus 4 will include 4G LTE connectivity and 32GB of native storage.

Two U.K. retailers have dropped the Google Nexus 4

Two U.K. retailers have dropped the Google Nexus 4

We have seen some speculation about LG returning to produce the Google Nexus 5 with one rumor calling for the Korean based manufacturer to go all out with the LG Megalodon. This is supposedly a handset offering a 5.2 inch display, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and containing 3GB of RAM. The rumored model would feature a 16MP camera that would take 4K video. This is obviously the longest of long shots. But the odds do favor LG manufacturing the new Nexus smartphone. Published reports out of Korea have LG partnering once again with Google on the Nexus 5 which is said to be in the final stages of development.

Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie has been delayed at the request of OEMs who want to update their current releases with Android 4.2.2 before they fall too far behind the curve. Regardless of the delay, whatever device is introduced next week is sure to be able to get the Android 5.0 update once it is released.

source: Techradar

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posted on 09 May 2013, 13:28 9

1. imkyle (Posts: 969; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


No way the Nexus 5 will be out before the Fall. An LTE version of the Nexus 4 I can see, but the Snapdragon 800 did not even go into production yet.

posted on 09 May 2013, 13:46

7. milesboy5 (Posts: 141; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


What if they just announce a nexus 5? I doubt they would do so, this is more of just wishful thinking.

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:18 3

10. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 276; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Because that would put a serious dent in N4 sales.

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:32 1

12. imkyle (Posts: 969; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Nexuskoolaid is right. If they announce the Nexus 5 and give a date, then who is going to want to buy the current Nexus 4... I sure as hell wouldn't an I love my Nexus 4.

posted on 09 May 2013, 15:34

17. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


The major thing from this event will be the nexus 7 with new tech inside.

posted on 09 May 2013, 13:31 3

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


4k video, goodbye ssgs4

posted on 09 May 2013, 13:45 3

5. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


4K video are you mad? And what free 128Gb memory card!from Gold Star?

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:38 2

15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


They might actually have a 128 GB option... It's possible; especially with Google.

posted on 09 May 2013, 15:35 2

18. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


128gb and the nexus 4 has a max of 16gb?

posted on 09 May 2013, 15:53

22. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I'm not sure why I seem to disagree with you so often, Bezerker. While it's possible, I would say it's very unlikely. The Nexus 4 came in 8 & 16GB variations. If they plan on adding a camera capable of 4K recording & the Snap 800, there's no way there will be 128GB edition, while keeping the phone in the same lost cost range as the N4. They may nix the 8GB version this time, but I think the N5 will more than likely be 16 & 32GB or 16GB only.

posted on 09 May 2013, 19:56

24. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


lost = low

posted on 10 May 2013, 02:24

26. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It is very unlikely, like you said Google wants to keep the cost down. 32 GB should definitely be an option if they include 4K video, with maybe a 64 GB option at a higher cost for people that are willing to pay extra for that storage; anything less than that and 4K is useless without high integration of cloud storage. For a Nexus 5 under $400; the Snapdragon 800, 4K capable camera, and 32 GB of storage is the max they could possibly do without losing money.

posted on 10 May 2013, 09:03

27. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Personally, I think they should just skip on the 4K video. Just not necessary at this point.

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:55

28. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It isn't necessary, but at this point the competition in terms of hardware is just a numbers game, and 4K (UltraHD) video sounds better than 1080p; though that 1080p recording would be at 60 fps.

If it means they can put more storage in the phone while keeping the same price point, they should scrap the 4K video 12+ MP camera and just have an 8 MP camera that has better optics than the current camera on the Nexus 4.

posted on 09 May 2013, 13:35 7

3. datsyuk (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Lol I like how OEMs think delaying 5.0 a couple of months will help them catch up to 4.2.2.

posted on 09 May 2013, 13:38

4. torr310 (Posts: 328; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Honestly, I am not confident with LG's phones... have been heard of the poor software they offered. Hope everything is getting better now.

posted on 09 May 2013, 13:45

6. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


It is ;)

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:35 4

14. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


But... It's a Nexus. LG doesn't handle the software, Google does. LG has no say whatsoever in the software on Nexus devices.

posted on 09 May 2013, 13:50 1

8. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Not the right time to buy a nexus 4. just stick with my gnex a little bit longer. Looking forward to Google glass

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:00

9. papss (unregistered)


I still want the N4 very bad and have a feeling they LG are going to mess that amazing design up with a SS look alike.

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:34 1

13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I doubt it. Google has a strong influence in the design of Nexus devices, that's why the Nexus 4 looks almost exactly like the Galaxy Nexus on the front. Google's trying to standardize the Nexus brand, they wouldn't allow LG to just give them something that looks exactly like the Note II or GS4.

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:29 1

11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I'm still hoping for some new Nexus tablets. It's a bit too early for a Nexus 5, but this kind of points to it or the updated Nexus 4 with LTE. I wouldn't be upset at all with a new Nexus device from LG, they did a really great job with the Nexus 4, and if it's anything like the Megalodon that was rumored before (Snapdragon 800, 3 GB RAM, front facing speakers) it's going to be a day one choice for me. Stock Android straight from Google automatically ensures great software, and hopefully LG sticks with the overall same design, except maybe replace the glass on the back with carbon fiber, sapphire glass, or aluminium.

posted on 09 May 2013, 15:00

16. MartianMe (unregistered)


Hot damn ...those are some killer specs ....how much for this baby?

posted on 09 May 2013, 15:39

20. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Its a Nexus so $300 for the lower memory option $350 for the higher one.

posted on 09 May 2013, 15:36

19. pknexus (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 May 2013)


Google needs to make 4.3 a bug fix, forget 5.0.
The stock launcher on my Galaxy Nexus crashes multiple times a day.
The stock JB browser has issues with the lab settings and full screen.
The lock screen widgets flash occasionally like a strobe.
The phone will randomly shut down without warning. Have to pull the battery to re-start.
The battery will charge to max 99% some of the time, other times 100%.

Considering Google only has to support 4 devices, this really isn't acceptable. I want the Nexus 5 or Moto X but considering they have had 3 opportunities to fix these issues since 4.2 and haven't that is telling a lot about Google's commitment to their customers.

posted on 09 May 2013, 15:45

21. a_merryman (Posts: 603; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I'm still not understanding why they're saying Google isn't releasing 5.0 because of OEMs wanting to update to 4.2.2 first, google is supposed to be releasing 4.3 now. So either way the OEMs are a build behind. Why couldnt they just release 5.0 instead of a stopgap....if 5.0 is delayed, it's because google isn't ready with it. Not because of the manufacturers.

posted on 09 May 2013, 16:47 3

23. stychill (unregistered)


32GB still isn't enough.

posted on 09 May 2013, 21:03

25. mydi.maus (unregistered)


come on guys make your mind which ones comin nexus 4 upgrade or nexus 5.i bet nothing will be announce just android 4.3

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:56

29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


But they have to announce some Nexus device with the new version of Android. Whether it be a tablet or a phone, they always announce hardware with software.

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