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We've heard plenty of rumors, and at this point, we have no reason to doubt that there will be an LG Nexus phone appearing at Google's Android event on October 29th. Now, courtesy of LG's head of Mobile Product Planning at an Optimus Vu launch event in New Delhi, we have an idea of when the phone might roll out. If Indian market availability is any indication, that is. Speaking to IBN Live (an Indian news organization of which CNN owns a 26% share), the exec had this to say:

"Google will unveil the LG Nexus on October 29 and the phone will be available in the Indian markets by the end of November."

The former part of the quote we already knew of course, though at least this is some confirmation from the horse's mouth. The availability in India a mere month after the Nexus 4's announcement, however, is new. This is a much speedier release than the previous Nexus which arrived in India never. This could indicate that Google is attempting to push the device out to more markets faster than the previous hardware, in the same manner as the Galaxy S III launch. Or it could simply be that LG wants to focus on India where Samsung did not. Who knows?


Because I want to put this parrot picture in every Nexus 4 article I can.

It's also worth pointing out that this is an off-hand remark made by an LG executive at an event entirely unrelated to the Nexus 4. It's possible that this could be backpedaled or ignored entirely by Google or higher-ups at LG. Still, it's a believable piece of information. Here's hoping it comes to pass.

Source: IBN Live

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  • shakerya

    Ha! With my experience of getting the Nexus in India, count on us on never getting the Nexus 4 either.

    • http://pctonic.net/ Ashutosh Mishra

      LG has way less leverage than Samsung, so it will try to bring its phones to as many markets as possible.

      • shakerya

        I honestly hope so.

      • Mayukh Sarkar

        Dats exactly the point...& I thing dats y they are launching it with lg to capture Indian market..Samsung I think is now concentrating on destroying Apple in US & their hold in Indian market is not so strong at this moment(although they possess 42% of world's market) & lg can not miss this so called golden opportunity

  • max

    Something I would like to say about this no LTE and only 16 GB... Google sells the galaxy nexus on the Play Store and it also has 16 GB of storage and only HSPA+.... Only when it came to verizon did it get 32 GB of storage and LTE... I think its fair to say that the state side model will likely come with more storage and LTE. Just my opinion

    • Bariman43

      I will never, ever do business with Verizon again, or really any provider that requires a contract. If that means getting a phone with 16 gigs of storage and no LTE, I'm fully willing to take that.

    • adi19956

      If you're right I hope the 32GB model comes to Europe, at least in the US you have solid 4G networks in most places. Not so in the UK, France, Italy, Spain etc so it's a lot harder to use cloud services, also we don't have Play Music :(

  • http://richworks.in Richie

    This is f**king awesome. After being severly disappointed by Samsung not launching Nexus in India, LG have made me smile :)

    I just hope they don't downgrade the specs like Samsung did with the Nexus S :/

    • http://pctonic.net/ Ashutosh Mishra

      How exactly did Samsung downgrade the specs? As far as I know, the only thing different in the i9023 variant is the Super LCD, which is not a downgrade but simply different. Yes it did bring the price down, but not everyone likes Samsung's over saturated, inaccurate, PenTile AMOLED displays.

      • http://richworks.in Richie

        Oh.. I thought they put in a different SoC with and Adreno GPU. I just checked and you are correct, only the display was changed. I stand corrected.

        I love the OLED display even though they display over saturated colors. The pentile sucks but I think during 2010, it was the most awesome looking screen.

        • hot_spare

          What you are actually referring to is SGS2 i9100G version. The i9000 is the standard international version with Exynos 4210. The G-version comes with OMAP 4430.
          I don't think it's any significant "downgrade". GPU is more powerful in Exynos, rest all are similar. GNex uses OMAP 4460 which is primarily a higher clocked 4430. GPU is same in both.

  • IndianAndroider

    I loved samsung for their nexus and Galaxy S phone series. But I started to hate their policies, not releasing original nexus devices here in India. I strongly believe they wanted to promote galaxy series by doing so. Thats is not good moral business. We should have a choice.

    This time I am very happy to know google partnered with some different vendors for building nexus devices. Personaly I dont like LG brands but I'm Eagerly waiting for release of a good nexus device here. hope the device gets good reviews.

  • Ittiam

    Hopefully Nexus 7 launches before Nexus 4 in India

    • IndianAndroider

      I lost hope on it. Lets hope for Nexus 10 now ;)

      • http://twitter.com/Derpinton Zapp Brannigan

        You can buy it from homeshop18

  • HMD

    Was thinking of getting the Gnex.....gonna wait now for this one!!! Just hope they price it aggressively... anything b/w 20-25k and i'am sold!

    • http://pctonic.net/ Ashutosh Mishra

      Not gonna happen. The prices will come down after half a year or so, but I bet it will be priced close to Rs. 40k. Just look at those specs.

      • HMD

        Ya maybe!! But i cant see lg pricing it that high.....40k for an 8gb phone? no way!!

        • Mayukh Sarkar

          yes you are right...I think even the 16 gb variant will cost around 35 to 36 k....no way it can be more expensive than galaxy S3...I checked in most of the sites & nowhere it came out to be more than 36k...although with this cash, everybody would have enjoyed LTE coz airtel 4G is almost knocking in India..but alas that NO LTE

      • http://richworks.in Richie

        They would have to price it not more than 35K if they want to compete against the Galaxy S3. I hope they are priced not more than that. Even if they are, I think it is worth the investment given the advantages of owning a Nexus phone

  • Danny Holyoake

    So Google sell the Nexus 7 at 8GB and 16GB models, then four months later remove the 8GB and provide a 32GB at the same price?

    And now they're going to release a Nexus 4 at 8GB and 16GB.. and expect me to buy the 16GB model? Do you think I'm fucking stupid, Google?

    • MoonBarrier

      Well, the 32GB will be the same price as the 16GB ($250), not the 8GB ($200). Staples stores across the country have allowing those who bought the 8GB or 16GB version from their store to return them and pay the difference on the 32GB (only if you return the 8GB, if you return the 16GB, there's no extra fee).

      These are things we've all known from the beginning. Android Police and other sites have said it MULTIPLE times.

      Now, I'm not calling you stupid but if the shoe fits....

      • Danny Holyoake

        I'm stupid, yet you missed the point of my comment.

        My point was Google are going to announce in four months the Nexus 4 32GB edition, at the same price as the current 16GB model. Just like they did with the Nexus 7. Why should I buy the 16GB model when they're just going to do that later down the line?

        I feel like Google are just making the same mistake over again.

        • MoonB

          You say this as if it's a fact. You don't know it for sure just like no one knows if 16GB is the final size.

          The phone isn't even out yet so how would you know?

    • Kenny O

      Welcome to the world of technology. No matter what it is you buy, something better and cheaper is always right around the corner. 4 months is a long time when it comes to tech......especially when it's just a hunch.

  • poosh2010

    wow those on screen buttons look atrocious without an AMOLED screen lol

    • http://twitter.com/mugabuga Max Anderson

      Trust me, it's just the picture. I have the Kindle Fire running JB, and they look perfectly fine.

      • poosh2010

        phew, that's good to know!

  • kindrudekid

    this means price drops for p705 ...
    just in time for the diwali shopping season :D

  • Androidium

    Hey, has anyone have an idea how much will it cost in stuffed parrots?

  • MoonBarrier

    Why are people downvoting those who are happy to have the phone come to their country? Are you downvoters just pissy Americans or something?

    I'm an American and I'm going to say I'm happy that those in India get such a good phone. It sucks they never saw the Galaxy Nexus and there was no reason for them to NOT receive it.

    Congrats to those from India for this news.

  • http://twitter.com/pvwashington Patrick Washington

    My next phone has to have better specs than the HTC butterfly, otherwise its not an upgrade. This is the Optimus G, not really an upgrade unless you have a Gnex or something.

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Well, the phone is at least 40% faster than the fastest Android phone on the market.

  • phinn

    Jeez that phone is HUGE, when are they gonna make a Nexus that is comfortable to hold for normal people? 4.3" screen was the perfect size. Hold the RAZR M and it feels right. Too bad it's not a Nexus M.

    • Freak4Dell

      It doesn't look like they ever will. It appears that the only time I will buy a Nexus will be if we get to a point where nothing smaller than the Nexus of the time even exists.

  • anamika

    Samsung promised Nexus for along time before they cancelled. Hence not much hope on LG.

  • Speedsys

    Blinded by the awesomeness!! Damn, this is exciting! :D

  • Thejus

    I calculated the price of the Nexus 4 a long with the tax and it came to around 18000-19000/- in India. So it is definetely the price is middle range. Hope they don't overprice it