19
Feb
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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.

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Is there any universe in which spending that kind of cash on a phone charger is reasonable?

14
Feb
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Looking for a Nexus device at a brick and mortar location? Then you may be in luck. Google just unveiled the Nexus Store Locator tool, and it's pretty simple: type in your address, find a Nexus device retailer. You can choose from the Nexus 4 or Nexus 7. Right now the only Nexus 4 retailer in the US is T-Mobile, so it's really just a T-Mobile store locator for the moment if you're looking for one of those.

14
Feb
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With the Android 4.2.2 update finally rolling out for most Nexus devices (minus Sprint / VZW GNex), Google has posted factory images of each on the Nexus Factory Image page. These images are useful for flashing your Nexus device back to stock, whether to get an OTA update, or fix that brick you just caused.

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These images are for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi and 3G), Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus (Yakju / Takju variants).

13
Feb
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Good news, everyone! The Nexus 4 Android 4.2.2 OTA (JDQ39) is finally here, surprisingly late in the update cycle, following the Nexus 10 and older Nexus devices, such as both variants of the Nexus 7 and both variants of the Galaxy Nexus. Chances are you probably don't have the coveted update notification just yet, but who wants to wait if you can sideload it manually? Rooted, unrooted, stock or custom recovery - it matters not.

12
Feb
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Following yesterday's Android 4.2.2 OTAs to various Nexus devices, Google today followed up with the push of all 4.2.2 open source code changes to AOSP. There is a lot here to parse through this time around compared to the minor 4.2.1_r1.2 commit from 10 days ago.

We've already identified some obvious user-facing changes, which we'll post about separately soon to keep it clean and organized. The purpose of this post is, as before, to find the low-level changes that may not be obvious.

11
Feb
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The long-awaited Nexus 4 wireless charging orb is finally up for grabs on the US Play Store, get it while you can - it's $59.99 and ships this week.

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We'd previously seen the charging orb pop up on a number of online retailers, though few were actually taking orders. The device uses the Qi wireless charging standard, and weighs 130 grams... in case you were curious.

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11
Feb
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Yes, we know - the Nexus 4 is still thin on the ground basically everywhere. (Americans, both the 8GB and 16GB versions are currently shown as "ships in 2-3 weeks" on the Play Store.) Even so, the LG flagship is the logical showpiece for Google Now, and it's doing some fine service in Google's latest mobile search ad. This one shows off Now's ability to automatically bring up contextual information for your time or location.

08
Feb
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Update 2: The Nexus 4 8GB model appears to be back in stock once again on the US Play Store, with a shipping estimate of 2-3 weeks.

Update: Apparently, some people are still seeing the 8GB version as still shipping in 2-3 weeks. However, if you actually attempt to place an order, you'll get the "An error occurred while processing your purchase. Please try again later" message. So, it's probably out of stock everywhere in the US, the change may just not have propagated across the internet quite yet.

08
Feb
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Not much to say on this one - T-Mobile just lowered the price of the 16GB Nexus 4 to $50 as an online-only deal for new subscribers (same old price for upgrades, unfortunately - $199), after a $50 mail-in rebate. That's $100 to buy it today.

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This is by far the best deal we've seen on the Nexus 4 to date, beating out the $76 promo price from Let's Talk (which required a more expensive monthly plan, and contains a separate ETF), after the rebate.

07
Feb
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Yet another significant Nexus 4 bug has emerged over at the Issues section of the Android project page, this one relating to the camera. Apparently, under some conditions (several days of being powered on, or taking a low-light shot with flash), the Nexus 4's camera app simply won't capture images anymore. Rebooting resolves the problem, but obviously a problem like this could ruin an opportunity for a candid snap or otherwise quick photo-op, since rebooting will obviously take some time to accomplish.