As soon as we heard that the Nexus 4 was covered in glass on both the front and back, how am I going to keep that safe?! was a question on the minds of many. We've already taken a look at a way to keep it free of scratches with the Spigen Steinheil Dual screen/back protector, but that's just not enough for some people. Some users just want – or even need – a case.
Update: Oops! Looks like Google classified this one as dead just a bit too early – it's back for a thirtieth go in the Play Store. If you want one, you should probably buy it now before they really do disappear forever.
Shortly after slimming down the Play Store's selection of Nexus 7 cases, it looks like Google has brought out the axe again, this time aiming it at the Nexus 4 Bumper.
Nexus 4 bumper cases have been out of stock on the US Play Store for at least a month now, but today they've finally returned - same price, same place.
The official Nexus 4 bumper will run you $20 plus tax and shipping, which is indeed quite pricey for such a simple little item. While Google does seem to have stabilized Nexus 4 stock in the last month, it's more than a bit befuddling to me that they can't keep a cheap piece of plastic in stock to match the demand of the phone for which it is exclusively built.
Nexus 7 in South Korea
The international rollout continues as Google has announced that the Nexus 7 is now on sale in South Korea. This marks the ninth country the tablet can be purchased in and the widest availability of any Play Store hardware to date. The first runner up is the Nexus 10 with a whopping 8 countries.
Nexus 4 in Japan
The Nexus 4, however, wants to catch up in that list with a possible Japanese launch.
When it comes to device protection, there is no shortage of options out there on the great wide internet. With enough digging, you can find almost any different style of case you can think of, be it an on-device super-thin case, something ultra-durable, or a simple sleeve. If you're looking for something along the lines of the latter for your Nexus 4, Galaxy S III, or Galaxy Note 10.1, look no further than the just-announced Durables Wallet and Sleeve from DODOcase.
As an addendum to the announcement of Google completing AOSP rollout for Android 4.2.2, I wanted to highlight a big milestone for the Nexus program - something that has never been the case before today.
After asking JBQ (not to be confused with JDQ39) a follow-up question, I was able to get some clarity on his earlier post and confirm that as of today, with the release of Android 4.2.2 binaries, we have for the first time ever Nexus devices that have 100% of proprietary binaries available.
As the old saying goes, "when it rains, it pours down binaries for Nexus devices." That old idiom is proven true once again today, as Google has just uploaded the latest batch of binaries to the Nexus Device download page.
The binaries essentially contain the proprietary hardware drivers that you won't find in AOSP for their specific devices. This go around it's for Android 4.2.2 (build JDQ39) for all of the latest Nexus gadgets: the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 3G, Nexus 10, GSM Galaxy Nexus, and VZW Galaxy Nexus.
When it comes to device protection, there's a very large niche that wants to keep things simple. Protection without bulk is really a necessity for so many, otherwise they'd rather just keep their phone naked. Enter the Ultra Thin Air case from Spigen ($19.99), one of the most minimal cases you can get for the N4.
This contest is now over.
The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future.
I know, I know. Getting locked into a two-year contract for a Nexus 4 is something that not everyone wants to do, and I don't blame them. But, for those who don't mind two years on T-Mobile, you can get a free Nexus 4 if you order it before Sunday, February 24th. That's a pretty solid deal, because this is one of the best Android phones money can buy. But if you get it for free, money isn't buying it.
Google's Matias Duarte elicited some knowing chuckles when he revealed the existence of a wireless charging orb shortly before the Nexus 4 launched. Duarte came over to Google from Palm, which developed a similar accessory for the Pre called the Touchstone. The Nexus 4 Orb took its sweet time showing up in the Play Store, but it's finally on sale for $60.
Is there any universe in which spending that kind of cash on a phone charger is reasonable?