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Nexus 4 returns to the Google Play Store

Nexus 4 returns to the Google Play Store

After a long, long wait, the much-loved Nexus 4 is back in stock at the Google Play Store. Google and LG have been experiencing some stock issues with the handset due to incredibly high demand, leaving potential buyers without many more options. The phone has been available at T-Mobile, but those who wanted to go straight through Google had to wait weeks for the handset to become available again.

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Nexus 4 production to increase as demand remains high

Nexus 4 production to increase as demand remains high

Google's issue with Nexus 4 stock has been well documented, and if you're one of the many who have been waiting to get one, then you know how infuriating these stock shortages can be. There's a bit of good news on that front coming out of LG today, with the company's French arm stating that it will begin to ramp up production on the highly sought after device. While you may think that these shortages rest on LG's shoulders, that isn't entirely the case, with LG France director of mobile communications Cathy Robin telling Challenges that Google is partly responsible for the exhausted stock as well.

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Carrier-specific Galaxy Nexus’ get Android 4.2.1 update while Verizon lags

Carrier-specific Galaxy Nexus’ get Android 4.2.1 update while Verizon lags

This week it's being made official: every different kind of Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be at or upgraded to Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean+ except for the version with Verizon 4G LTE. The international edition "GT-i9250 "Maguro" was first to be upgraded, not long after the Google Nexus 4 was revealed, while the newest and last version to be upgraded is model SPH-L700 "Toro Plus". This last iteration is the one unit to be released without a SIM card slot and connectivity with 4G LTE in the 1900 MHz band (Band 25).

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LG confirms Nexus 4 still in production with no 5 on the books

LG confirms Nexus 4 still in production with no 5 on the books

If there's one element in the news universe here that tells us Google is doing things right, it's the constant talk and response to a new Nexus smartphone - even when the current model is doing exceedingly well on the market. Here in first quarter of 2013 heading into Spring (or maybe that's just wishful thinking), we've got rumors galore of a Nexus 5 being worked on for release at Mobile World Congress 2013 from LG, none other than the manufacturers of the Nexus 4. Today they've confirmed that no, that doesn't make any sense, and that yes, they're still making massive amounts of the current Google hero Nexus 4 for the time being.

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Predictions for Google’s Android in 2013: Freedom for All!

Predictions for Google’s Android in 2013: Freedom for All!

At the start of 2012 the folks at Google were seeing their beloved Android mobile operating system being used on more iPhone clones than we'd care to discuss - near the turn-over to 2013, big manufacturers like Samsung and HTC have made their own hero lines the likes of which Android has never known. What we saw in 2012 was recognition of the model that has worked for Apple extremely well since all the way back in 2007 - a focus on the ecosystem rather than on the individual specifications of any one device. This will continue in a very big way through 2013 with manufacturers holding up a single torch - like the Motorola RAZR brand - to keep themselves lit up brightly.

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Google UK chief blames LG for “scarce” Nexus 4

Google UK chief blames LG for “scarce” Nexus 4

Google's UK and Ireland chief has apologized for the Nexus 4 supply debacle, describing the paucity of stock as "unacceptable" and blaming LG for "scarce" supplies that have left many buyers waiting weeks for their phone. Dan Cobley, managing director of Google UK & Ireland, used Google+ to address critics, claiming the company expects to push out a fresh batch of handsets this week to satisfy UK/Ireland "pre-Christmas" delivery promises.

 

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Google’s Royal Nexus 4 Supply Miscalculation

Google’s Royal Nexus 4 Supply Miscalculation

When it became apparent not too long ago that the LG Nexus 4 was selling out of the Google Play online store faster than free bricks of gold, we immediately asked ourselves: was this by design, or was it a mistake? There are two possibilities that remain even after the information being reported today by no less than the head of mobile at LG UK has been released - even after Andy Coughlin spoke up with CNET about the fact that the device "had proven extremely popular" when it was released initially to Google Play. One possibility is that yes, indeed, Google simply did not expect so many devices to be sold, so they didn't order a supply to meet the demand - the other is more nefarious.

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SlashGear 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Smartphones

SlashGear 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Smartphones

In the smartphone universe you're going to have some sorting to do starting with the carrier your gift receiver is working with. More than likely you're a parent or a significant other if you're purchasing a smartphone on-contract for that special someone, this meaning you've got a fair understanding of which carrier they'll be working with. After that, it's all about finding the best device for them based on their specific wants and needs.

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