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" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)

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44 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

5. wendygarett unregistered

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

15. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

31. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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...

40. jstahl

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

44. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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)

36. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 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.....

37. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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!

2. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 597; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

It was barely ever in stock anyway .

42. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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. :)

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.

12. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

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

4. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

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

23. -SEUL8TR-

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Worthless

38. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I hope you are patient.

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

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.

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...

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.

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

14. nexusalltheway

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Cant wait!!

16. blingblingthing

Posts: 963; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

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