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

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.

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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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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44 Comments

43. Google99

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 28, 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

41. ramonleonjr62

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

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

39. rustyimtiaz

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 16, 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!!!

33. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

R.I.P. Nexus 4

30. Fallin

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

They need to add LTE and sd card slot.

26. hoiur

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 14, 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!

24. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Haha everybody that bought a nexus 4 got trolled.

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

27. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

19. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

29. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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!

32. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

35. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 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 :(

16. blingblingthing

Posts: 988; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

14. nexusalltheway

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Cant wait!!

10. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

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

13. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

have to wait till GOOGLE I/O FOR 5.0 KEYLIME

9. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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.

34. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

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

8. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 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...

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

11. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

17. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

fingers crossed on getting a Moto Nexus here.

18. wendygarett unregistered

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

28. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

4. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

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

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