29
Oct
2012-10-29_10h34_23

At this point, the LG Nexus 4 is the most-leaked phone since, well, that other phone. Today a video from the carrier 3 in Sweden has popped up on YouTube with a near two minute look at the device, showing us around Android 4.2 a bit. The phone itself looks just like all the pictures we've seen. The video also confirms the Quick Settings menu Ron found. Conveniently, users will access it via a button, not a second pull-down shade.

Update: The video was pulled, but we've added a mirror. Once something's on the internet, it's there for good. Silly 3.

There isn't much more to see in the video, but it's definitely worth the couple minutes of your time. It looks like, despite Hurricane Sandy, we might still see plenty of fun stuff come out today as scheduled reveals don't get the message about the delay.

Source: Swedroid

Thanks Lars, Jespher, and Ghoti!

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

    *looks at the url* German blog? Typo?

    • Flaz3r

      Its swedish not german!

      • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

        I knoooow, I can read, too. I asked if AP made a typo when they put up the article because if you look at the URL for the news, there is "german-blog" written in it. Would be pretty strange if I wouldn't understand my native language anymore ;)

  • Yorick

    It has five icons in a row in the app drawer.

  • John

    Nice implementation, IMO (of the quick settings). I wouldn't mind that.

    • wolfkabal

      I was thinking the exact opposite. It took it from a quick down swipe, and single press to, swipe, and two presses. That's no longer 'quick'.

      • John

        Ya. I see what you're saying, but I guess it's just gonna be one of those "some will hate it & some will love it" sort of things.

      • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

        I don't hate the new quick settings...but I definitely find the CM/AOKP/Samsung/etc method better. Swipe and click and get back to what you were doing.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Larmaas Lalo Riomontaña

          They might let you choose either the new quick settings or the classing settings bar at the top? MIUI does this already, I dont see why google wouldnt.

        • varma

          swiping down with double fingers get directly to quick settings.

      • lbrfabio

        I don't know you, but I don't click on those buttons every seconds of my life.
        One single press more it's not a big deal.
        Also, if you consider that you'll have one free row on notifications with jelly bean's notifications it's a big deal. (especially on landscape)

        • wolfkabal

          No one's talking about using them every second. But the deeper they embed them, the less they're even meaningful. Right now, most of those settings are only 3 presses away if you go through the actual settings menu (enable/disable). As for more notification room, perhaps I'm the one at a loss, when do you ever have more than 4-5 notifications at once anyways?

          (As a side note, I'm also using CM10, so there may be tweaks there that enhance this beyond stock as well.

          • lbrfabio

            It's not just to have more than 4-5 notificants at once but with jelly bean's expanded notifications will be more present in the future.
            Expanded notifications take spaces(a lot in the case of screenshot or many emails or example).

            Anyway, we still don't know if it's present a second swipe down to activate this new panel (like it was shown weeks ago by AP).
            The buttons make sense though for many of those who wouldn’t even think to do a second swipe.

          • lbrfabio

            I was thinking that a way to solve the "one press more" problem is to add the same panel of the "old" Tablet UI with toggles(wifi, notifications etc) and Brightness slider.
            That would be much better. What do you think?

          • wolfkabal

            That may be a viable option. I know exactly what panel you're talking about as my HTC View has that panel. Though I'll admit, I hardly need access to those settings on the tablet as it's basically a stationary device. Where a phone, you might want to toggle brightness, turn on the flashlight, disable wifi, etc all on the go.. quickly.

          • lbrfabio

            Considering it looks like there will be only one UI, it wouldn't really matter if you'll use the panel more or less on a tablet.
            We'll see. This is the first iteration. There will be probably improvement

          • lbrfabio

            two finger notifications to activate the panel!. that's why they delete the two finger gesture for notifications :D

      • Greg Sanders

        1) Saves screen space
        2) Avoids accidental toggle presses, which I get on CM10

      • Sean

        If you look at it another way, the single-press strategy allows for other 'quick' functions to be implemented in the future. It would be trivial to include additional buttons along the top row. And who knows? Perhaps these will be user-customizable at some point.

      • Chester Moy

        You can also use 2 finger swipe to bring out quick settings.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    This video makes the phone look a LOT better than the pictures did.

    • Sean

      It's a very good looking device, in my opinion. I really appreciate the simple lines.

      The OS UX also looks very consistent, very polished, and very attractive. If this is priced like past Nexus devices, it will be an easy buy or recommend. It has some of the fastest hardware, it performs very well in many areas, and has possibly the most advanced mass distributed mobile OS.

    • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

      Well its because its close to final build

    • phinn

      good looking device yes, still mind boggling how they could put the headphone jack on the top of such a large phone.

    • peacekeeper05

      probably it's a newer prototype. So lines and construction are now more cleaner. It actually looks gorgeous.

      • Sean

        I think it's more likely a higher quality recording of the device compared to the grey spy-shots of the first pictures released. If you put a bunch of greasy fingerprints on any device, subject it to bad lighting, take a slightly out-of-focus picture on a drab background, you're bound to produce something that at first glance looks less than stellar.

        Needless to say, it was premature to judge the device aesthetic based solely on the first pictures released. The sudden public shift from "that thing is ugly" to "that that is gorgeous" is somewhat amusing.

    • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

      Not sure what it is exactly, but the GN has more... character, looks-wise. The N4 appears somewhat more bland and "safe" in comparison.

      What do you guys think?

      • jinm

        Lol both phones look quiet similar, GN looks fluggly as shit on the back.

  • Kenny O

    Lol.....how about a leak of what we all want to know most....Pricing and Availability.

    • Aleksandar Despotovski

      We already know the pricing. It will be £389 at launch.

  • D Nguyen

    Does the phone look a little 'fat'....?!

    • peacekeeper05

      It only looks fat because it's flat. But It should be a little thinner than the Galaxy Nexus. Plus it has no hump.

  • BugsBunny

    Queck Settings is awesome!
    Can't wait to have ot on Galaxy Nexus.

  • mobilehavoc

    Please open pre-orders today...pretty please?

  • http://twitter.com/Dr_MBambi Moaz Bambi

    I'll be keeping my Galaxy Nexus.

    • lowlevelninja

      I almost feel the same way, mainly bc I don't want to leave Paranoid Android behind (even though it'll probably take a few short days/weeks before it's ported.) But I'll be leaving for the extra RAM and processor bump.

    • peacekeeper05

      Nah, I think I'll be giving my Nexus to my younger brother and buy this One. The extra Ram, the extra horsepower and the extra battery convinced me to buy this one.

  • startedfire

    I have to say, I would strongly prefer a second pull down shade instead of a button for quick settings.

    • lbrfabio

      We don't actually know if that is available too.
      Both way would be perfect. Most people wouldn't know the panels was there without the button

    • Greg Sanders

      I dunno, it's certainly better than Samsung's/CM's solution, which is the naked toggles. I feel like it'll be more natural and discoverable this new way.

    • varma

      swiping down with double finger directly get you to the quick settings

  • Android

    With a much improved Hardware, its still as laggy as the galaxy nexus. Getting sick and tired of this OS.

    • Yorick

      The Galaxy Nexus is absolutely not laggy. What you see in the video is because of a low framerate probably.

    • wolfkabal

      Then move on to something else..

      • Android

        Throw in 2x more powerful hardware and the software hasnt changed in performance? You don't find that funny?

        • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

          Could it be the beta software?

    • jonathan3579

      Funny, I didn't notice any device lag.

      Go ahead and jump ship, it'll be one less person to bitch and moan.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Well, to be fair, there was some lag when he was clicking on stuff. I noticed it in 2 places.

        • Nick3030

          I saw it too but I was hoping it was the framerate of the video :/

        • peacekeeper05

          1. Framerate of the video w/c is obviously choppy.
          2. Unfinished software. Since 4.2 is not out yet we can assume that everything we see are prototypes and not yet final.

    • sean

      It's not so much the OS, but some things that are being done in individual apps. As an owner of the Nexus 7, it is perplexing that many Google Apps block the main/UI thread causing a brief moment where user input results in no onscreen changes. This is easily my largest (and only) complaint with Chrome which is (IMO) the worst offender. Also, apps that load images often block the UI thread as they are displayed -- this sometimes happens on Youtube. These types of tasks should be done on separate threads and should not affect the rendering at all, and Google should set the bar for other developers in this regard. They recommend it in their design guidelines!

      Other than that, apps built with 3.0+ APIs easily run consistently at a very smooth 60fps.

      But this is really nit-picking. The OS is incredibly functional, and I very much enjoy using it. In the short time that I've owned the Nexus 7, I've noticed the rapid pace at which apps are being added and improved via updates. It really is quite something, and I have no doubt that things will continue to get better and better over time.

  • FarmerTechno

    App drawer looks much nicer. 5 icons per row, and everything just looks nice and neat.

    • ssj4Gogeta

      It has 768 pixels horizontally vs. Galaxy Nexus' 720, so it makes sense to have 5 icons in a row.

  • Aku

    Looks very ordinary. I think all the companies instead of focusing on innovation and new stuff are just milking their consumers for $$$ by having additional products which look and feel pretty much the same as they did 2 years back (Nexus, ipad, you name it!). I guess they have to recover R&D costs.

  • jonathan3579

    I don't know what it is but the screen just doesn't look any bigger than the Galaxy Nexus. That's definitely not deterring me from being any more interested, of course.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's because it's not? 4.65" vs 4.7" - how would you ever notice the difference?

      • jonathan3579

        You're right but generally I can spot the most minute of differences in screen size.

    • http://pctonic.net/ Ashutosh Mishra

      It's not a rule that every new Nexus phone must have a bigger screen than its predecessor. ﴾͡๏̯͡๏﴿

      • jonathan3579

        Where did I ever mention it was a rule? I'm aware of the .05 inch difference in size. I was merely pointing out that I could not spot the difference whatsoever. Nice way to ASS-U-ME.

  • http://twitter.com/namd88 Nam Dang

    The phone definitely looks better than I expected. Now only if it's available in Japan in anyway...

  • BugsBunny

    You can also see the new camera app icon. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061784994 Shen Chen

    Would have preferred a double swipe down for quick settings, but still very interesting. Definitely getting this as an upgrade from my Windows Mobile 6.5. Currently using VERY outdated tech...

  • mattrition

    The video suddenly appears to be private :(

    • XzinteR

      Let's hope someone stole it before it was too late

      • mattrition

        I can't see anyone bothering with that in such a short space of time. Ah well, back to actual productive work :)

  • matz

    The chrome browser doesn't look promising. From the video the scrolling seems laggy.

  • http://twitter.com/tmadd8 Tyler Maddocks

    "This video is private." Mirror please!

  • JensAstrup

    The video is private now :(

  • Kris

    Anywhere else to see this video??

  • Kevin

    Every day, I see no reason to buy Android over WP and iOS. I use Gmail and Google search every day and these two products can be accessed on every platform.

    The "customization in Android" argument is not very noteworthy because all the people I know that have Galaxy S III's and HTC phones doesnt even use widgets or different launchers etc. They just go with stock. And now to my point earlier: there's no reason to buy Android instead of let's say iPhone. Android isnt even near the mature level of other platforms and the User experience is severely lacking.

    I'll get an iPhone until Google fixes these problems, which will take like 10 years?

    • Peter

      Then you don't buy it...
      Nobody forces you to buy an android phone

    • HellG

      Baaaah Baaaah iSheep this is not AppleStore.com

    • DuncanPerkins

      What would make you think an android enthusiast blog would be the right place to post this?

      • Kevin

        Well I didint bash Android, I just expressed some opniions on this device and Android as a whole.

    • Sean

      Android is a close substitute for iOS and vice-versa. While the value proposition will be different for each consumer, there are many that appreciate some of the finer points of the OS.

      Apps can communicate well with one another, which is quite handy. I can browse video from my in-home server with one app, and have it play with another. This is far better than needing a large bloated do-it-all application to house many functions.

      There is often no-need to get two versions of the same app across tablets and phones -- and this includes those that have specific UIs for both form-factors.

      The app selection is great, and growing RAPIDLY. Better yet, I get notifications that apps in my collection are being updated at a daily pace. The experience is improving day-by-day.

      Android itself is very flexible, making it easy to do things like play games with physical controllers, start and stop tasks based on location, and move between different devices without skipping a beat.

      And of course: Android's launcher UI is customizable, which is quite a nice feature, even if your needs are meagre.

  • http://twitter.com/mdiggty mdiggty

    the video has now gone private. Is it cashed anywhere?

    • jimmyp

      go to the source at the bottom of the article

  • HellG

    Google took the video down! Mirrors guys!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=700380348 Hosam Mohamed Shafik

    Damn it video gone private :(

  • Goff Sarawut
    • jonorjonathan

      My hero!

  • surethom

    The phone is just too WIDE, look as he struggles to use one hand, his thumb finds it hard to reach the left hand side.

  • http://pctonic.net/ Ashutosh Mishra

    I guess this is a very early/buggy build of Android 4.2, as scrolling in Chrome looks a bit "forced" (not unlike iOS). This should be fixed in the final build

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/no6969el Noel Barcellos

    Mirror Mirror http://goo.gl/ZheoQ

  • bungadudu

    private video !

    new link - http://www.viddler.com/v/94824ef

  • Robin

    What's up with the damn Chrome Browser lagging on every device I have seen? Why can't they just fix the lag?

    When Chrome has chached a part of the webpage in, its very smooth, but as quickly as u go to another part of the page, it lags again then its smooth.

    Why can't they just fix the damn lag, more than a year after the reelase? They even removed the Beta tag.

    • Sean

      Indeed. It's blocking the UI when it's doing some sort of loading, and I hope this is taken care of, because it really sours and otherwise great application. Perhaps it's time to file a bug report...

    • Bleakvision

      Completely agree. I still use the stock browser. That is gone now.

  • Ryuuie

    I don't think it's the device itself that's lagging. The video lagged for me too...but unless Swedes can move at a REALLY slow speed, it was YouTube.

    In fact, I'm 100% going to blame this on Flash because it's been shit for me ever since they left Android.

  • Joris

    The video appears to be private on this site. What you should do is go to the source site and play the video there! Hope this helps!

  • Anthony

    It's awesome!!!!gorgeous display!!!

  • selonmoi

    Can't wait to find out more about the Nexus 4's camera and battery life. I'm so ready to replace my Nexus S (512 MB of RAM just doesn't cut it anymore with today's software). I'm really hoping for a big improvement on the camera, and battery life will be critical, due to the lack of a replaceable battery.

  • http://www.mobiflip.de/ René Hesse
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    We updated the post with a mirror.

  • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

    First I didn't liked design, but in this video it doesn't look bad, It looks really nice.

  • heat361

    Google and lg just did a press release of the nexus 4

  • Noel

    Not a bad looking device..me like and want despite LG as OEM. Even though it falls short on a few crucial specs like the amount of int memory, lack of SD card slot and a removable battery, the other specs like 1.5GHz quad core S4 pro chip, 2GB RAM, 4.7'' IPS+ HD screen, are pretty top notch and also coming with Android 4.2. I badly need a good Nexus phone...so far the Nexus 4 is the only one on the way, unless the 5 Nexus rumor some how comes true..fingers crossed.

  • Freak4Dell

    This video shows that the design of the phone is pretty good. I think it looks better than the Galaxy Nexus.