LG Nexus 4 design updated, now less likely to slide on smooth surfaces

by: Andrew GrushMarch 28, 2013


Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like the Nexus 4 has quietly received a bit of a design change.

The news of the change was first reported by German site Mobiflip, and has since been confirmed by Android Central, which recently received a Nexus 4 via Google Play that features the newly reported changes.

Okay, with that out of the way, what’s different? On the front-side the Nexus 4 looks the same as ever, with both changes only affecting the back of the smartphone. The biggest change is the addition of two small nubs, as seen in the picture directly below this sentence.

Nexus 4

At first glance, you might not think this slight change would mean much. Actually, it is quite a useful adjustment. Right now, the Nexus 4 lies completely flat on its back, which means it is more prone to scratching and even sliding. It also means that your speaker is somewhat muted when the phone is on its back. None of these are probably considered ‘deal breaker’ problems, but they are still annoyances nonetheless.

Nexus 4

The next change is one of those “we changed it because we can” design adjustments. The camera lens’ outer ring is now smaller than the original model. We have no clue what practical reason they had for changing this. Perhaps the only reason for the change is purely aesthetics, though it is hard to say for sure.

So how about it, have any of you received a new LG Nexus 4 with these cosmetic changes? What do you think?

  • Jammy

    pls link the source

    • Andrew Grush

      The Source box is located directly below the end of the article. Easy to miss. :)

    • MasterMuffin

      So many comments asking for source >.< maybe AA should make the font size the same as the titles!

  • kascollet

    The Nexus 4 I recevied two weeks ago had both upgrades.

    • Ricardo Sousa

      Same here :)

  • Arsenal™

    can i update it via OTA? XD

  • nexus4User

    still slides!