LG Nexus 4 pre-order page pulled, phone not running Android 4.2?

October 25, 2012

    We continue our ride through strange LG Nexus 4 waters today with more rumors and reports surrounding the listing of the handset on Carphone Warehouse earlier today.

    In case you missed it, the UK retailer put up the phone for pre-order, revealing in the process an official image that looked like the press photo we saw a day before and the phone’s specs and features – not that they were any secret before the page went live.

    From there we learned that the handset is going to feature 8GB of storage and that it is going to run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Unless it was Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean:

    With that in mind, we have received a couple of tips on this strange LG Nexus 4 listing, which we’d like to share with you. Bare in mind that nothing is official and we encourage you to take everything with a grain of salt.

    Nexus 4 running Android 4.1.2?

    The first report comes from Android.gs and reveals that the Carphone Warehouse LG Nexus 4 page is down – that much we can confirm ourselves, just see the image above.

    But the publication goes forward to say that it has revealed an email from a Carphone Warehouse employee that basically says the Nexus 4 runs Android 4.1.2 out of the box and not Android 4.2 and that the image used by the retailer is a fake. Naturally, this can’t exactly be confirmed, but here’s the entire contents of that email:

    Hello,

    First of all, I would like you to know that I want to remain anonymous. You can publish this email’s content but not my name or email address.

    I am a Carphone Warehouse employee and I’ve been hands-on with the Nexus 4. I can tell you for sure that it runs Android 4.1.2 and the image on our website isn’t real. The interface looks exactly as the Galaxy Nexus.

    I informed my team about the mistake and they took down the page until they are able to fix the errors.

    Thank you,
    Redacted name

    Now even if the email above (see a screenshot of it below) is fabricated, the fact remains that Carphone Warehouse did pull the LG Nexus 4 page. Did Google intervene or is it really something fishy about the contents featured on that page? We certainly observed the discrepancies on the product page ourselves earlier today when looking for more Android 4.2 details only to discover current Jelly Bean versions listed in the features area.

    What’s safe to say is that Carphone Warehouse definitely benefited from the extra attention today, as everyone and their grandmother talked about the new Nexus listing – it’s probably common practice to leak such details well in advanced, as this is definitely not the first leak originating from Carphone Warehouse.

    16GB LG Nexus 4 available from carriers only?

    Moving on, we’ll focus on a secondary story related to today’s leak that seems to reveal more details about the faith of the UK Nexus 4. According to Land of Droid, the Nexus 4 will come in a 16GB variant also, only it won’t be available from Google Play, at least in the region.

    Apparently this publication has also received “an email from an unknowns [sic] source,” that shared these details. Remember that grain of salt we mentioned? Go get another one because we definitely need it with such email “confirmations.”

    But for the sake of the argument we’ll play along, so here’s what could be in the cards for the UK LG Nexus 4:

    For the first 30 days (in the UK) the handset will be exclusive to Phones 4 U, Carphone Warehouse and O2.

    The prices for the play store version are currently unknown though it is expected that it will come in somewhere between £299.99 and £349.99.

    The same Android blog says that Google will launch just one Nexus-branded smartphone next week, which is something we kind of knew by now, and that the Samsung Nexus 10 will also be unveiled on October 29 – again, something we think we know.

    There we have it folks, more LG Nexus 4 rumor bonanza, with just a few days to go until the new Nexus smartphone gets official. Anyone else tired of everything Nexus-related being spoiled well ahead of its announcement?

    Thanks, tipsters!

    45 31 42

    Comments

    • noxas

      16gb for carriers only? Surely not! Well I hope not anyway… I also hope theres a 32gb version, fingers crossed!

    • Chris

      I didn’t buy the Galaxy Nexus because of the lack of microSD, and the subpar crappy camera, glad I did though as I’m on Verizon and their update cycle is hilariously bad. Sad to say it seems I won’t be getting the Nexus 4 either. Every phone just has that one glaring flaw, on the Nexus 4 it’s the lack of storage. Cloud storage doesn’t work when I’m in the middle of nowhere with no service or traveling abroad being charged 34 million dollars to send an HD video or however much that person calculated it out to be awhile back, so count me uninterested in having to deal with that. Silly Google, trying its hardest to get me to consolidate all my data on their servers, for ‘convenience’ of course. Yeah right, your roots as a CIA startup won’t be forgotten! My data is mine!

      • WestIndiesKING

        Youll never own a nexus phone if you are waiting for a microSD slot. Google already said they arent going to add one.

        • Nessim

          gimme a link stated that!
          Google NEVER said that my friend

          • WestIndiesKING

            http://www.androidcentral.com/why-nexus-devices-have-no-sd-card

            take what you want from that statement. Keep holding your breathe.

            • Nessim

              Already read that article when came out.
              Gimme an Official source where Google stated that it will NEVER give a SD slot on a Nexus device.
              Still waiting Chuck!

            • WestIndiesKING

              Anyone with common sense can read between the lines. Hold your breathe CHUCK.

            • Nessim

              Anyone with a minimum of logic can tell the diffrence between an analyse and an official statement Chucky

            • WestIndiesKING

              I think you are just one of those douche bags that like to argue. My original comment wasn’t even directed at you but you felt the need to chime in. Did Google say in those exact words that they weren’t going to add a Micro SD Card to their phones no. But anyone with working brain cells which you seem to have none would realize from their continued statements in regards to the subject, their business and the direction they want it to go it is evidence enough.

              Analyse: examine in detail in order to discover meaning. Which after clearly examining Google’s statements and just using common sense its why most people (with average intelligence) can come to the conclusion mentioned above. Who the hell is Chuck?

            • Nessim

              “Did Google say in those exact words that they weren’t going to add a Micro SD Card to their phones no.”
              Your first comment ->
              “Youll never own a nexus phone if you are waiting for a microSD slot. Google already said they arent going to add one.”
              Google already said they arent going to add one…
              Google already said they arent going to add one…
              Google already said they arent going to add one….
              Google already said they arent going to add one….
              Google already said they arent going to add one….
              Google already said they arent going to add one.

            • WestIndiesKING

              I knew you weren’t bright.

              Read my full statement. “Did Google say in those exact words that they weren’t going to add a Micro SD Card to their phones NO. But anyone with working brain cells which you seem to have none would realize from their continued statements in regards to the subject, their business and the direction they want it to go it is evidence enough.”

              Please do the world a favor and slit your wrist.

            • Nessim

              Only the first post is incriminated Einstein

            • WestIndiesKING

              Wow so you are just a douche. Dude seriously kill yourself. Do the world a favor.

            • WestIndiesKING

              same. if you still have this string. Hit me up with what you think of the Nexus 4. Im curious to see if you agree with me about the size or not. I’ll let you know the same. Good talk.

            • WestIndiesKING
            • Nessim

              “Google” (your word) still didn’t tell there wont be any SD Slot in the furure.
              You need to work out your logic and stop confusing ppl by saying lies.

              Anyway thx for the link! I’m reading the Google+ posts and MOST ppl are complaining about the answer given by “Google” ;)

              Tchuss Arnold!

            • WestIndiesKING

              Is it possible Google can change their stance which is why they lack to give a direct response on the subject sure. But its not happening now and for people to keep crying about lack of SD card slot at every single nexus launch doesnt make any sense when year after year its the same.

              Lol who is arnold man?

            • Nessim

              Ok, but let’s let ppl complaining more and more for putting some pressure on Google. That way, maybe we’ll have a Nexus device with SD next year.
              Anyway, the killer spec here is the price and even with no SD slot I’ll try to import a 16GB Nexus 4.

            • WestIndiesKING

              I hear you man. (This is a good discussion as oppose to our previous exchanges.) Would I like an SD card slot? Before I would said yes hands down but after owning the Nexus S , Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 I can say im happy with out. After seeing Google statement on the issue they make some valid points. I think Google should increase the size limits to 16gb and 32gb to give users more options. I also have had flash backs of trying to connect my phone to my computer and getting all types of errors and issues. Also avg users didnt take out their SD Cards ever and it was confusing for them. I feel as long as Matias and Andy are at Google running android there is a very slim chance you will ever see a SD Card return to the Nexus line. Matias himself refers to it as “paleolithic era of computing”. I am sure you get a Nexus 4 you’ll love it.

            • Nessim

              Will be my first Nexus Ever :D
              Good luck pal
              Cheers

            • WestIndiesKING

              Took a look at your track record and yup you are just an argumentative troll.

    • badassss

      i was just about to get the galaxy nexus until i heard about the nexus 4 !

    Popular

    Latest