Last Updated: June 29th, 2013

The white LG Nexus 4 has popped up a few times thus far, but now it has found its way into the hands of AndroidAndMe. The new image looks legit to us, so it appears this device is finally going to be a reality. What's potentially much more interesting is the assertion that Android 4.3 is going to be announced along with the new color option on June 10th.


The white N4 reportedly has the same vibe as past white Nexus devices with a white back and black screen surround on the front. Although only the back is visible in the pic on AndroidAndMe. Specs are expected to be unchanged. There has been talk of LTE support in the white N4, but there's no mention of that in the new leak. We can't rule it out yet, though.

As for the alleged Android update, sources are now saying Google intentionally bumped the announcement from the show in order to focus on proving it could push out new software and APIs without rolling a new version of the OS. A last minute change (whatever the reason) does seem likely as there are some loose ends out there still pointing to Android 4.3. The Bluetooth Low Energy support for API level 18 being the most blatant (Android 4.2 is API 17 by the way). The new software will presumably be made available on all current Nexus devices when it's released next month.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Zoltán Páll

    hey sexy :)

  • Sqube

    Just out of curiosity... why are we so excited about white phones, again?

    • http://www.AndroidAllies.com/ Max M.

      The same reason we are excited about Android: options.

      • mechapathy

        Boom. Nailed it.

    • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

      Some of us like color options. I've been waiting on the white N4 to replace my white GNex... but, at this point... I might just wait the extra 6 months for the next Nexus. I was hoping they'd release it closer to the regular launch window.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tylerjehills Tyler James Edward Hills

        You got your hands on a white GNex? Nice!

        • ChavaM

          Were they hard to get? I got one on Amazon.

      • PhilNelwyn

        You may actually wait 1 year for the next white Nexus. :-

    • Cody Curry

      I don't get the appeal.

      I mean, white phones look cool and all. I'd be up for one. But they usually launch late. The bezel/front is usually still black, which gives it a kind of space-age look. Cool in its own way, but it feels more "cookies and cream" than "white" at that stage. So I see why some people might be excited, but I'd assume anyone who wants one will own one by now.

      Also, it's just one color. I think it's a shame that adding one color to a phone's release six months later is considered something to get hyped about. I remember when the iPhone was rumored to get a white variant for years and people were freaking out every time the rumor popped up. It's the same thing as what you currently own... but white.

      Again, if they launched in multiple colors, I'd consider buying a Blue or White phone. Google has the right idea with Glass. I just wish phones had more variety. Considering most phones are just a casing, you'd think some could be made-to-order. I remember Microsoft allowed the Zune HD to be made-to-order, with custom laser engravings and a variety of colors. It was awesome.

      Seriously, they're cool, but not that cool.

    • flosserelli


  • Alex Flynn

    'to focus on proving it could push out new software and APIs without rolling a new version of the OS'

    That was actually a very smart thing to do

    • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

      Agreed, and I think that's the reason. They made a lot of awesome stuff available for devs without updating the OS. Moving apps out to the Play Store (instead of only being updated with the whole OS) and then making Google Play Services were both really smart ideas.

    • BillWarren

      what Rita responded I am shocked that a mom able to earn $7305 in a few weeks on the network.

    • BillWarren

      ....---goo.gl/O9rbF (Home more inforrmation)

    • didibus

      I'm really glad they are trying to make the Google services better, while making it separate from Android in a way. This should be how it is, Android is an open source OS, and should focus on being a great OS. While Google needs to have good services, that Android users can choose to use or not. So separating the announcements is good. They just need to retrain us into not expecting new Android versions at Google I/O

  • Mariuan Castillo

    Been waiting for this!
    Hopefully it will come with LTE and/or bigger storage.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rabooraboo Robert Ra’boo Crawford

      Me too. 32gb with LTE is the sweet spot for me. If not I might just go with the S4 that's been Nex-i-fied.

    • porter86

      Yep it's still a very nice phone (comparison here - http://versusio.com/en/google-nexus-4-vs-apple-iphone-5-16gb).

      Another colour option can't hurt :)

  • Michael Ta

    Now I have to anxiously wait again. Damn it Google! My summer began today! Now I can't have fun until June 10th.

    Oh yea and Black > White. Especially white with the front being black? dont really thinnk that's an attractive combination..

    • Justin Winker

      I'd prefer having an all-black front over a partial white front. I haven't seen a screen that's white, so I don't think you'll get a clean white look like you would a clean black look.

      • Michael Ta

        well it's nice for you but imo it just looks off.. =/ Maybe it's because I look at white iPhones too much haha.

  • Emre Isik

    i hope it's true. Then I finaly have my birthday present :)

  • Tr

    What is going on with the Android Graphics Performance live stream... They keep hinting at a new version of Android... Something is definitely up!

  • Jason White

    If this phone kept the white band and replaced the white back with the black version, it would have been the best ICS launch device ever.

  • Omar Feliciano

    And the anxiety began again. Thanks Google. :-

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I just want >=32GB storage and LTE, but a white option looks nice too.

  • Outrager

    I really hope they increase storage while keeping price the same like they did with the Nexus 7.

  • Matheus Eichelberger

    That may be reading too much, but in a session today at I/O:


    Check what the Android is eating :)

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

      Yeah, don't read into things like that much. They're just playing. Have been, for a while.

  • Simon Belmont

    Good to hear. Glad to at least get an idea of when Android 4.3 will be dropped.

    Not really interested in the N4 at this point. I'll wait for the N5.

    • PhilNelwyn

      The N5?

      • Simon Belmont

        Haha. The Nexus 5.

        I assume that's what it will be called, but who knows. It's really just a placeholder name.

        • PhilNelwyn

          I hope you don't really think I didn't understand you meant Nexus 5... (I'd have asked for N4 too then)

          Why would they call it the Nexus 5? Do you believe it will have a 5" screen?
          Or that they'll abandon the current naming convention?

          Oh, a placeholder name, ok.
          You could, you know, just call it the next Nexus. ;-)

          • Simon Belmont

            Haha! I like how you slowly address my entire post by going back to read it through.

            Yeah, I figured you were being facetious, so I replied in kind. Maybe they'll call it Nexus 5 because it's the next number after 4 and it'll have a 5 inch screen. Ironically, I usually DO just call it the "next Nexus" but I didn't this time. Look where it got me!

          • PhilNelwyn

            I have a short memory indeed. :D
            It's long enough to remember a 2 lines comment and reply to each point, though.

            The screen size is the only reason I see for it to be called N5, given that there's already a N7 and a N10.
            But like you said, "who knows?"

            Where it got you?
            Well, I'd like to know cause I'm there with you. ;-)

  • Michael Kelley

    One would hope they can resubmit it to the FCC to get LTE approved and then both this new white version and the older black ones can use LTE on T-Mobile for instance

  • Freak4Dell

    That's ugly, but I suppose having the option is cool.

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

    4.3 better fix all those @#%$! Bluetooth problems!

  • okungnyo

    Fucking bullshit. And disappointed in Android Police for believing this drivel. The Galaxy S4 Google Edition is launching on June 26...with Android 4.2. Which means that there's absolutely no way Android 4.3 is being released before then, or else Google wouldn't have bragged about the S4 being a "Nexus experience".

    • Cherokee4Life

      Correct me if I am wrong but a "Nexus Experience" is a pure stock Android Experience. Which is what the S4 Google Edition will be. If I was Google I would do exactly what you said above. Keep the S4 on 4.2 so that they promote THEIR phone first and foremost while also promote their "2nd" phone the S4 since its not branded a Nexus but still kind of is..

      • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

        They did say the GS4 would get the Nexus treatment... That means updates day one...

        • Hans J

          Which means it could get a day one OTA to 4.3, like the VZW GNex got the update to 4.0.4 on day one.

        • Patrick Hermey

          not all nexus devices get the updates on day one. sometimes its day 60.

    • QwietStorm

      Thus far there has been no straight forward mention of 4.3 from Google. If they said the S4 Google Edition released with 4.3, they obviously would be jumping their own gun.

  • casey

    Hopefully 4.3 will also fix the lag caused by 4.2 on the GNEX

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000395806552 Carlos Manuel Leemet

      What lag? I don't have any lag on my Nexus with JB 4.2.2. You mean the recent apps lag what some people have? :D

    • tbonefsg

      ! My gnex is seriously slower since 4.2.2, so bad I would like to downgrade. I believe it was 4.1.2 that ran best

  • JonJJon

    I'm not a developer, so genuine question for a simplified answer; What is the difference between an API level 17 and an API level 18?

    • Pierre Gardin

      To put it simply, an app develop with API level N cannot be run an Android versions that support Android API level N minus M. E.g. if your app displays a PhotoSphere it should run on API level 17 at least (Android 4.2.0 at least).

      • DART

        There's target API level and minimum API level. An app can target a certain API level, but still have a lowered minimum API level.

        So, for example, an application can target API level 17 and have an ability to use Photosphere. But, it can also still work on say, Gingerbread, but just not make use of Photosphere on that API level.

        • JonJJon

          Ah thank you very much

      • JonJJon

        Thanks for the reply

  • Angel Penabad

    There's something different from my phone to the one the photo. The jack port for headset on the top looks metallic, mine (from february) has that port in plastic/rubber. Also the led flash frame.

  • SB

    give me one for fucking sprint dammit

  • Cherokee4Life

    Does this mean that the Google Edition of the Samsung S4 will get 4.3 as well? or are we not including that as a Nexus device? just curious

    • Alex

      Yes. They said on stage it would receive updates

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    I have a black one, which I love, and wouldn't have gotten a white one even if given the option. But the news about 4.3 still being around the corner is pretty great. I thought the conference focusing on their ability to expand Android without a new version that everyone but us won't get for six+ months was brilliant, so I wasn't particularly upset, but the Bluetooth LEP support is something I really want.

    • Chris

      it just gives something to look forward to in the fall

  • Chris

    Even more girly then before!

    • QwietStorm


  • GeeKLoRD

    Google trying to overshadow WWDC? ;)

  • FrillArtist

    It's going to be in a case anyway. What's the point...

  • Lex_407

    If this has LTE in it, I'm selling my 32 GB S4 and getting this. Profit!

  • dimnex

    How difficult is it to release an all white nexus?
    What's the point calling it white when the front will STILL be black? Who cares about the back really when most people use cases anyway? Pointless.

  • sgtguthrie

    Give it 32gb storage or more and LTE and I don't give a DAMN what color it is! It will have a case anyway! Without those two bumps in specs, I'll be getting the ges4...

  • Teemu Luodekari

    Nice White N4.. Hopefully the price stays the same. And hopefully 4.3 fixes the problem with 3g connection getting laggy after months of use.