Google Unveils Nexus 4 To Take On Apple’s iPhone 5

Google has just unveiled its next generation flagship Android smartphone – Nexus 4.

Google’s latest smartphone is manufactured in partnership with LG Electronics. It comes with a 4.7-inch screen with 1280-by-768 resolution, 8-megapixel camera, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM and lots more.

Google Nexus 4 will be powered by the Android 4.2, a new version of Jelly Bean, which includes the latest version of Google Now and other new features.

Nexus 4 comes with a 4.7-inch screen with 1280-by-768 resolution. The display has 320 pixels per inch, which is as good as iPhone 5’s gorgeous Retina Display, which has 326 pixels per inch.

It is powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM, which Google says along with the fastest version of Android, makes it their snappiest smartphone yet.

It comes with wireless charging capabilities so you can place the Nexus 4 on a charging surface to charge it wirelessly.
It also comes with an 8-megapixel camera that will allow you to take 360° panoramas. Google is calling the Panorama feature – Photo Sphere Camera.
One of the biggest downside of the device does not support 4G LTE networks. It comes with only HSPA+ support.

Android 4.2 comes with new features such as Gesture Typing, which lets you glide your finger over the letters you want to type on the keyboard, which Google claims “makes typing fast, fun and a whole lot simpler”. It also adds support for AirPlay like feature, which will allow users to wirelessly stream movies, YouTube videos and games from an Android smartphone to their Miracast-compatible HDTV.

It also comes with Google apps such as Gmail, the brilliant Google Maps app, Chrome browser etc.

Google has priced Nexus 4 very aggressively. The factory unlocked and contract free 8GB Nexus 4 is available for just $299 and 16GB model is available for $349. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract.

Google Nexus 4 goes on sale on November 13th on Google Play Store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.

Though the Nexus 4 seems like an incremental upgrade compared to previous generation Nexus, it will give Apple’s iPhone 5 a run for its money at that price and with these specifications.

Let us know what you think of Google’s Nexus 4 in the comments.

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  • Andy Nicholson

    “It also comes with Google apps such as…. the brilliant Google Maps app”

    Love it!

  • moe22

    what can you do with it better than iphone?

    • Markus Howard


  • Hmmm?

    I think this is more than incremental. If the screen is anything like the One X then that is definitely an upgrade and this has the S4 Pro which from what I have seen is a powerhouse. The camera uses a Sony censor so I would think it is better camera then the G Nexus. IMO this phone is amazing, especially with it’s crazy off contract price, but I really would like a 32 GB version. Until then I think I might just hold out since I really don’t need to replace my phone.

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  • Eugene Sytnik

    Android = pass on it. Until they get rid of malware and huge hassle with all these instabilities in applications…

    But even more importantly…. My ex has iPhone 3gs.. So it is like what, 4 year old device? In September Apple announced that iOS will be available for download in a week’s time. A week later – boom – she’s got herself a new OS. On 4 y.o. phone… Now with Android… You buy a phone and you have to wait forever to get your update for the latest OS… Even on your flagship phone… On not-so-flagship phone your chances of updates are even less.

    What I’m trying to say is that with Apple you are not left behind even with 4 y.o. device, you feel not forgotten… With Android you’re old news within a month and not cared about at all. SGSII updates anyone? ))))

    • Neil

      Completely agree with you about slow updates on non Nexus android phones. But you will find that the nexus series always are the first to get the updates and the updates are released to all countries simultaneously since they come straight from google and offer the pure android experience, i.e. no malware like samsung.

    • Hmmm?

      One of the reasons I think Apple updated the 3Gs is because they continued to sell right up until the 5. What features did they get and not get though? And what some people may not know is that when Google announces a new update that is when the software is released to OEMs. So even without their skins it would take at least a month for them to port it to their hardware and then test for the carrier. Not saying this is ideal but the blame is not just on the manufactures. Also carriers play a big role as well with some even denying updates.

      • Eugene Sytnik

        yet this doesn’t happen with iOS eco-system. And that’s exactly my point. with iOS you’re not left behind within a month and not at the mercy of different manufacturers on top of Google itself.

        • iPhone 4

          I understand what you are saying but what actual features did the 3Gs actually get? Also, Apple doesn’t have a perfect record with updates. The 3G was almost unusable when 4.0 came and if I remember correctly the original iPad wasn’t updated to iOS 6 even though it was an iPhone 4 hardware wise. And to be honest iOS 6 is somewhat of downgrade for the 3Gs and 4 since most of the major features are not included and then Google maps was taken out for their w.i.p Maps. Android updates is not a huge issue for myself because I see it the same as jailbroken updates. But jailbreakers are a small minority so my opinion doesn’t really count.

          • Eugene Sytnik

            3Gs got more than one major iOS changes, not counting patches. So yes, it got major functionality changes over time. as for what’s new with iOS6 – one of the biggest and least understood things that it got you – Photo streams. This is nothing but a 400 mil. users photosharing social network, slid right under the radars of most. But it is EXTREMELY useful if you understand it. This, coupled with Find Friends and iMessage made iOS eco-system a third largest social network in the world in the instant. My family uses it extensively and I am very happy with it.

    • Po Wah

      I think you’re just mad fanboi. 3gs really? SGSII? We’re on the S3 right now buddy. Did you even read the article? It states that the nexus 4 will be loaded with Jellybean 4.2 which is the newest.

      • Eugene Sytnik

        That’s exactly my point, you are left behind even on 1 y.o. SGSII. And if you’re upgrading with every new phone then one has to questions who is really a mad “fanboi” here, “buddy”.

        And if you were able to comprehend what I said you’d have understood that I’m saying that so far Android devices are “hit-and-forget” – you get at most one update and you’re old news and forgotten.

    • Nosferatu524

      iOS 6 with how many missing features? LMAO. I used to own a 3GS. Funny you mention the SGSII that’s my current phone and I’m rocking 4.1.2 (newest OS at the moment on it) so thanks…I’m soooo behind lol.

      • Eugene Sytnik

        The only features missed are those that can’t be handled by 3+ y.o. hardware. How about iOS 4, iOS5 too? That’s HUGE change compared to initial iOS 3.0 (that was released a week after 3GS was anounced btw, so it in itself was fresh). So again, here is a list of OS updates Apple cared to provide for this 3+ y.o. device so far:

        iOS 3.0, 3.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3
        iOS 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.3.1, 4.3.3, 4.3.4, 4.3.5
        iOS 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.1, 5.1.1

        iOS 6.0

        SEVENTEEN. And counting.

        As for our SGSII, how did you get it? let me guess, you had to “find ways” to install it, there hasn’t been an official update for SGSII yet, it is “coming” next month. So again,

        my point is that 3+ y.o. iOS device is still updated regularly going through 3 (THREE) MAJOR OS updates (and many patches) and this is unheard of in Android world. What is your point?

        • iPhone 4

          It’s not exactly a fair comparison. The updates for iOS and Android are a bit different. Android adds quite a bit of intensive features that would not run properly on older hardware just like 3Gs and 4 don’t have the features that the 4s and 5 received on iOS 6. And it sucks not to get updates but that doesn’t mean you can no longer use your phone. Most apps support 2.3 and up. And there some features Apple exclude just for the sake of getting people to upgrade to the newest phone. MMS for the original iPhone, multitasking (?) and video recording for the 3G, Siri, Facetime over 3G, and turn by turn gps on the 4. To be I don’t see a huge difference from iOS 5 vs 6. That’s why I wasn’t interested at all to play with iOS 6 on my 4.

          • Eugene Sytnik

            Because you can’t see doesn’t mean they are not there. If you do not remember other feature it also doesn’t mean that there were non.

            things like yes, copy/paste – that was big back then, when it was lucking, personal hotspots weren’t there too, mms – for some it is big, not for me, notification system, HDR and other camera improvements (yes, even ability to use a hardware button to make a shot is important), over the air updates and synchronization, the list can go on.

            latest iOS6: Photo streams/ Find Friends alone is HUGE if you understand it.

            These features where not initially on 3GS and if it was Android – they would never be there.

            So it is a very fair comparison, except that there is no comparison because most Android devices won’t see a single update in their lifetime.

          • Po Wah

            You can’t be serious? Those features you listed has always been on android except for the photo streams/find friends but there’s been apps on androids for it a while ago. You sir have no idea how to use an Android. Anyone can tell you that even if you have a jailbroken iphone the features doesn’t even come close to an android. I bought every Iphone up till iphone 5 but after moving to android it opens up to another level for me. lol copy and paste mms notification :) Yeah its exclusive to IOS :) :) :)

          • Eugene Sytnik

            You are an idiot, sorry, but that’s now plain obvious…. I can’t careless if those features are available on Android (and yes, I know Android has most ofit). I never said that it was unique to Apple or that Android doesn’t have it.

            My whole point is that Apple have provided constant care for THEIR now 3+ y.o. product to improve its functionality and that Android phones do not get nearly as much love from their manufacturer’s/Google. That’s my point!!! But it will of course fly 3 miles above your stupid head.

        • Po Wah

          Sir fanboi,
          80% of apple’s updates are to block jailbreaking. Lets see some features…ios 2 – Appstore ios3 – copy and paste and MMS ios4 multitasking…HUGE UPDATES OMG FEATURES copy and paste really? You’re just too dumb. I had a galaxy2 before I moved up and I was already on the the latest OS for it

          • Eugene Sytnik

            Listen, who are you to call me dumb? In fact your language and lack of memory or reading comprehension speaks volumes and paint a very clear picture. And spare me of you bs about SGS II.. Actually, get lost altogether.

  • -fnf-

    Not a very attractive phone. but then again neither are the iPhone 4, 4s or 5. I remember when the iPhone was first released and people thought the phone was too big. Now apparently bigger is better. Man I miss my first gen iPhone.

  • Hans Lecaros

    The last iphone i really loved was the 3GS… after that, same brick made of glass (4 and 4S) and now the 5 that scratches so easily… whats next the 5S? with nothing new but updated apps? haven’t seen any so called innovations from apple in a while… i like apple but it hasnt wow me… thats why i use a samsung nexus with the full android experience without the bloatware from the carriers and a GSIII.
    For Eugene Sytnik that generalized about Android having malware… hey pal if you try the real android experience you should try a Nexus and you’ll see how different is from the other Android phones.
    I love technology and like trying several brands regardless who makes it… so before you start throwing the hating comments… try a Nexus.

    • Eugene Sytnik

      Not hating, why? I did own an Android device which initially I loved until I ran into all these problems when I found that people are porting software from one VENDOR to another, having otherwise identical OS and HARDWARE. Yep, miraculously the same game that worked on one android device didn’t even start on another, which had the same OS and physical hardware components.

      Yep, Nexus might as well be a very different experience, but I’m talking about Android in general and “love” that manufactures give to their support of devices in general. In the end you don’t suggest that android = nexus, do you?

  • barondebxl

    i absolutely love ipads. ive owned every single ipad and i plan on getting the mini or the 4. But i cant use an iphone, it bores me to death in all honesty.

  • Ray Stones

    Impressive. But as always in the UK, we get stuffed by the price. The 16Gb model will be £67 more in the Uk at today’s exchange rate! Makes you wonder what the 32 gb differance will be!