The Nexus 4 launches tomorrow on the Play Store and it's sure to be a great day for Android fans everywhere. Of course, this will also be the first time that a Nexus device will have glass on both sides of the handset and traditional cases that cover the rear would make all that sleek engineering pointless. Fortunately, Google has you covered (I'm so sorry). A neat-looking bumper case has just shown up on the Play Store and will protect your $300+ investment for an extra $20.


The case actually looks pretty dang slick and fits in with the design of the Nexus 4 rather well. No word yet on whether we'll also see some brightly-colored rainbow bumpers as well, or if that will forever remain firmly in the realm of that other platform's older days. Still, if you're already planning on buying Google's newest flagship handset when it comes out, you might do yourself a favor and go sign up to be notified once these are available.

Source: Play Store

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Chris Webster

    Lol, I was just checking out the Nexus 4 listing on the Play Store and noticed it, then I checked Twitter and AP was just finishing writing an article about it! Man I love AP!

  • Flaime DeFeo

    Oh dang. Can't wait to get one, I'll have to wait until Jan/Feb to do so though.

  • Elias

    Quite steep price. I at least hope they're rigid enough not to keep escaping out of the phone like some pure silicone bumpers, yet very resistant to breaking and also soft enough to significantly cushion the inevitable falls my gorgeous new toy will have to endure.

  • TylerChappell

    First it was glass on front and back, and then no LTE, and now bumper cases? It's really disappointing how much the Nexus 4 is turning out to be like the iPhone 4/4S. Not to mention the 4 in the name!
    (dont downvote, I love google and Nexus devices, but sheesh, it is this kinda stuff that makes the Apple fanboys go on their little tirades about Android being a copycat.) =[

    • ddpacino

      Personally, I like this because I LOVE that damn back so much -- I don't want it covered, but I do want to protect my investment. This should cover all corners and keep the glad off any surfaces on both sides. This seems to be to both protect the glass on both sides but with minimal coverage to show off that beautiful back -- not cover up for a faulty antenna design, ijs.

    • ddpacino

      Also, they added the glass to improve the look and feel. If they went with a metal back, you don't think they would get shunned for "copying" Apple's new move?! Or would you rather then go back to the cheap plastic everyone complains about? Google can never win.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ygor.vaz.3 Ygor Vaz

      Yeah, I was geting worried about the glass back. LTE isn't a problem for me, here in Brazil we should be glad that we have 3G. But now saying that "Now Nexus 4 has the number 4 in the name just like the iphone4/4S" is non-sense

    • AhChoo

      really, youre worried about someone judging your phone? talk about self-esteem issues and frankly this is accessory not a necessity.

      im buying the nexus 4 because its fucking NEXUS

    • http://www.facebook.com/trent.pierce.98 Trent Pierce

      I wasn't aware that Apple owned the number four. At first i thought it was called Nexus 4 because it was the fourth nexus phone, but now its obvious that Google's copying Apple by putting Apples four in the name.

  • http://twitter.com/ST_73 Sime

    Google Play in Australia now taking orders for Nexus 4 :)

  • Edgar Luzardo

    Nexus 4 is now available on the Play Store in Australia. Order has been placed :D

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    I was planning on looking into a kickstarter along this concept when the N4 came out and the lay of the land was more obvious. There goes that idea, lol.

  • jay555

    Sorry but that seems like a rip off to me. I wouldn't pay more than $10 or $12 for that thing. But I guess Google needs to make up for the loss they're taking on the phone itself. It's kinda ugly though, maybe if it came in a different color.

    • James

      google makes a 300 dollar phone. everyone complains about a 20 dollar accessory.

  • http://www.facebook.com/247arjun Arjun Go

    Does anyone know if there is any case that can be bought for the N4 yet, considering that the review units have been out for 2 weeks now? I know screen protectors can be bought...

    • ddpacino

      Give the third party case makers a week or two and keep your eye on Amazon.

  • Hugo Pinto

    I was actually thinking about selling my SGS3 and getting the Nexus 4.
    But glass back and no microSD card slot is just too much. No thanks.

  • Edgar Luzardo

    Nexus 4 is already been sold in the Play Store in Australia. Order has been placed! :D

    • Jay T

      Nexus 10 is too!! I've placed my order.

      • sproketz

        I got a 10 and a 7 just to try them both. The 7 is actually better! Sent the 10 back. 10 is just an awkward form factor while the 7 is more like a book. I can even fit it in the back pocket of my jeans. I'm a 7" convert.

  • Justin W

    Consider it ordered tomorrow (hopefully they release it with the N4).

  • MrHaroHaro

    Bumper case? Sounds familiar...

    (Let it be known, as is necessary in these comment sections, that I really like the phone and will most likely purchase it)

  • da

    20$.. yeah right..

  • GazaIan

    It's $10 cheaper than the iPhone bumper, I'll give it that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Hawj/714501567 Chris Hawj

      well, apple was giving them out for free for a couple of months.

      but regardless, i didnt like the bumper for the iphone 4 and people will probably not like the bumper for the nexus 4 too. that thing is a lint/dust/dirt collector in your pockets. never used it for the iphone.

      i like how they are doing the exact same thing as apple did for the iphone 4 too. glass front/back with bumper.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperElvisfreshlyATT Freshly_Snipes

        Buy a holster. Pockets bring moisture, Why would you put it in your pocket?

        • Adnoxaei

          Holsters also catch on things and rip off. It depends on what you do in life. There are also necklace holders that make your phone look like it's on a lanyard. I use my pocket.

        • http://twitter.com/RaspberryDuff Matt

          Holsters also make you look like a 48 year old Best Buy manager. I'll stick to the pocket.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperElvisfreshlyATT Freshly_Snipes


        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          Sorry, holsters add 3 points to the PVI (Perpetual Virginity Index). I'd rather risk a little dust.

          If your pockets are getting that moist, you might have bigger problems... Maybe try stuffing some silica packets in there, they work wonders :)

  • nhizzat

    And their most popular tablet, the Nexus 7, has all of 1 "official" accessory which is a total piece of shit from Asus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cliveluzardo Clive Anderson Luzardo Burton

    Noob question: Do you guys know if it is possible to pay for a nexus 4 with google play credit?? or multiple credit cards??

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Can't use Google Play Credit.
      I'm not sure about multiple credit cards. I don't remember seeing a way to put more than one card in when I bought the Nexus 7, but I also wasn't trying.

      • http://www.facebook.com/cliveluzardo Clive Anderson Luzardo Burton

        Thanks for the response ;) I think I figured a way around!

  • jcopernicus

    So they made a case that makes it look like a Galaxy Nexus.

    Shoulda just made it curved from the get go. Damn you Matias!

  • Mohammad Danish

    The Bumper is in stock now. Australian PlayStore.

  • http://twitter.com/mr_scherb mr_scherb

    it just changed back to coming soon. guess it's sold out already...

    looks like my upcoming nexus 4 will be naked :(

  • http://twitter.com/ElooieIV Edward Lewis

    If I decide to get one of these I'll definately order it seperate from my Phone. Dont feel like waiting an extra month again because I bought a case.. like I did with the Nexus 7.

  • http://twitter.com/arzbhatia Arz Bhatia

    Looks pretty good! Is that metal/aluminium/whatever on the side?