Nexus News: White Nexus 4, but LG won’t make Nexus 5
Fans of the pure Android experience will be happy to know that the Nexus 4 phone is going to be released in a new, and on this model frankly more stylish, colour – white. LG, the company the manufacturers the Nexus 4 for Google made the announcement today and will start shipping the device from tomorrow in some markets.
If you’re located in Hong Kong you can pick one up tomorrow, but for the rest of us the launch will come sometime in the next few weeks. It’s likely to be in limited supply at first so if you want one keep a keen eye out for it arriving.
The White Nexus 4 is identical, except for the colour change, to the black Nexus 4. It’s got the same great Qualcomm manufactured Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM, a 720p 4.7″ screen and 8 megapixel camera. Not much to complain about, unless you’re planning on using 4G as it doesn’t come with LTE – still 3G networks in the UK tend to be fast enough for this not to matter. Pricing hasn’t been revealed, but we can reasonably expect the same price for this model as the black Nexus 4.
LG have also announced that they won’t be making the next generation Nexus phone. According to an interview their European chief Kim Wong gave to a Dutch tech site All About Phones, LG has no interest in making the Nexus 5. According to the interview Wong said LG needs the added value skinning their Android devices gives them and has no interest in continuing to do pure Android devices. This will upset those who were hoping for the LG Optimus phone without LG Android skinning.
Wong also criticised Samsung’s decision to make a pure Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S IV, and it’s perhaps Google planning on selling this device which has soured the relationship between LG and Google. The story came as somewhat of a shock as earlier this month the Korea Times stated that LG were already working on the next Nexus smartphone.
For those looking for an updated Nexus then there’s still some hope however. The Nexus 4 could be updated to include LTE and maybe even get a jump in speed while keeping the same form factor.
Nexus has a long history of being passed around, so moving to a new manufacturer for the next model wouldn’t be too much of a shock. The first Nexus phone, the Nexus One, was made by HTC. The brand then passed to Samsung for the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus phones (equivalent of Nexus 2 and Nexus 3), then LG took over for the Nexus 4 which is the only Nexus currently available to buy new.
The Nexus 4 has had it’s share of problems though. LG hasn’t been making them in quantities that match up to their demand meaning many who would have bought the phone have been unable too. Google isn’t without blame either as their order process had problems during the initial launch, something we wouldn’t expect from the world’s largest web company. Prices of the phones are vastly varied between countries for no apparent reason too, although thankfully in the UK the price is quite low at £239 for the 8GB model.