LG Nexus 4 press photo (ev)leaks, showing Nexus branding and Google Now with Google Maps card [Update]

by: Chris SmithOctober 24, 2012

We have probably seen everything there is to see about the upcoming LG Nexus 4 smartphone – even rumored Android 4.2 features – so, with less than a week to go until Google unveils its new Nexus devices, we’re hardly excited to see more Nexus 4 leaks. In fact, a recent report suggested that all Nexus 4 stories out there are 100% accurate.

Nevertheless, @evleaks Twitter account, a reliable source of plenty of mobile-related leaks, has posted what appears to be the official press photo of the handset. Sure, we saw the Nexus 4 in crystal clear pictures already alongside the blurry ones, and we already have a pre-release review in the wild. But we didn’t get to look at any press shots of the device.

In the image above, we can’t help but notice the Nexus branding on that strange pattern on the back cover design that we’ve seen in all previous leaks, but also the chosen screen image for this photo: Google Now cards showing Google Maps navigation but also sports scores.

The Nexus branding clearly tells us that Google is more interested in making its own brand even better known among consumers – of all the existing Nexus devices, only the Nexus 7 has “Nexus” printed on the back, with the HTC Nexus One, Samsung Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus having “Google” written on the battery cover.

As for Google Now, the feature will continue to be an important element of upcoming Android versions – let’s not forget that Google makes its money off of search – but we also feel this may be a Google Maps-related play since Google is now in a position to take hits at Apple’s for the latter’s maps performance in iOS 6.

At the same time, we’ll point out that the image above may be faked – just look at the two weather notifications up there – so take it with a pinch of salt. Or is that either Google and/or LG marketing screwed it up while photoshopping it?

Update: A second image has leaked via the same source, showing the Nexus 4 at an Angle. Those double weather notifications are gone, but the Google Now Google Maps card is still there, showing a different route this time (see image above).

  • Fabricio Morato

    the notification bar is different from each “leaked” picture…

  • Evostance

    The first ones with a goofy weather icon seem to have a centre aligned clock..

  • MasterMuffin

    This or optimus G?

    • Amir Rehman

      Nexus of course!

      • MasterMuffin

        I was just thinking about the rumir about only 8gb of memory and no sd card support but okay, nexus it is :)

        • There are rumours of a 16gb model too, if I’m not mistaken. However the lack of MicroSD support does seem likely. :(

          • MasterMuffin

            Have to wait for the official launch

  • Stephen Theriault

    Did anyone else notice the “H” above the radio indicator? Anyone have any idea what that signifies?

    • That’s actually HSDPA (3G)

      There you can see these things – G, E, 3G, H, H+

      Those are – GPRS and EDGE (in 2G networks), HSDPA in 3G networks.

      • Stephen Theriault

        Interesting, thanks for the info. Are there any other phones that show this detail or is this something new?

        • Android always shows the type of Data network (G,E,3G,H or H+) from first version itself.

          You can see a screen of the very first android phone here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Dream There it shows “3G” for the data network.

          All Nokia phones show this from their beginning, many years ago – E,G, 3G, H (or W for WCDMA)

          • Stephen Theriault

            Of course, I’ve seen the “3G”, “+1” and “4G” indicators, just not the “H”. Again, thanks for the info.

          • MasterMuffin

            You must be new to android, I haven’t seen any android phone that didn’t show “H”
            For example: zte blade 1 and 2, huawei ideos x5, sgs2 and 3…

          • Stephen Theriault

            I’ve actually been using Android since the G1, but I have been on VZW since then, my guess is the CDMA phones are showing different info. I think the reason I never saw the “H” on my G1 is because HSPDA wasn’t introduced yet.

          • MasterMuffin

            So you’re too old android user :D

          • mjolnir

            actually, the UNLOCKED versions of android all show E, G, 3G, H. You might notice something different because yours is the carriers version and they like to advertise 3.5g networks as ‘4G’

          • Stephen Theriault

            Thanks for your comments. My Galaxy Nexus and previously CM Thunderbolt, didn’t show these. Again, I think this is a factor of CDMA vs. GSM, and not so much a factor whether they are locked or not.

    • Todd Moore

      Hspa network

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    • t Harris

      GSM hspa

  • bikerbill12

    You can move the clock to any position you want I can on my gnex and the first icon ist weather it’s a battery widget telling how much battery life is left and the color indicates battery temp.

    • MasterMuffin

      I was thinking the same….

  • hungry4donuts

    Is me doesn’t all lg phones has lg sign on front of phone, optimus g – 4x has it but this doesn’t just makes you wonder.

  • captain

    it looks like the galaxy nexus. I was expecting more. Hopefully, we will see more than one nexus this time

  • Karthikeyan Venkatraman

    No contour display?

    • Aaron Slater

      Don’t need.


    definitely faked, yes i can move the clock on my gnex with root but in the two images the clock is at the center position whereas the update on the post shows it on the right hand side