We all love Android, and we also love when Google releases a new iteration of our favorite mobile OS. Sometimes, though, even Google screws up a bit, and Android 4.2 is looking to be one of the most bug-ridden releases since Honeycomb. And, let's be honest: 4.2 isn't exactly the leap that 2.3 to 3.0 was, either. Chances are, if you're on Android 4.2, you've experienced at least one of the issues here.
If you're looking to save a hundred bucks or so on the powerhouse Optimus G from LG on either AT&T or Sprint, Amazon Wireless is the place to be. The company just dropped the price of the device for both carriers down to $99, which is a fairly substantial savings for such a high-end device, especially compared to the $199 that both Sprint and AT&T are asking.
For those who may not be aware, the Optimus G has the same hardware guts as the Nexus 4:
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 quad-core at 1.5GHz
- GPU: Adreno 320
- Network Compatibility: AT&T: GSM quad-band with LTE, Sprint: CDMA with LTE
- Operating System: Android 4.0.4 with Optimus UI 3.0
- Display: 4.7" TrueHD IPS+ 768x1280 (320DPI, 15:9)
- Memory: 2GB RAM / 16/32GB storage (depends on model)
- Cameras: 1.3MP front, 8/13MP rear (depends on model)
- Battery: 2100mAh, non-removable
- NFC: Yes
- Ports / Expandable Storage: microUSB / microSD (AT&T model only)
- Thickness: 8.45mm
- Weight: 145g
As noted above, the big difference between the two is in the area of storage: the AT&T model comes equipped with 16GB on-board, as well as a 16GB microSD card; whereas the Sprint version has 32GB with no microSD card slot.
Maybe you already have your Nexus 4. Maybe you have to wait three more weeks to get it. Or maybe you didn't get one before they sold out. Regardless of your particular situation, if a Nexus 4 is in your future (or present), there's a pretty good chance you're going to want to root and ROM it. And, honestly, not everyone is comfortable doing this kind of thing manually. Good news: the Nexus 4 toolkit is here!
It was a little surprising to see Google announce a new Nexus device this year without LTE support. While LTE deployment is still lagging behind in many regions, the good old USA is fast becoming blanketed with speedy 4G. Now that the Nexus 4 is in the wild, iFixit has taken it apart, and you'll never guess what they found. Yes, a 7-band 4G LTE radio chip. The plot thickens...
The chip in question, the Qualcomm WTR1605L (highlighted in green above), supports all currently operating LTE networks around the world.
Wow, big day for root things on the Nexus 4 and 10, eh? First off, official ClockworkMod Recovery is now available for the pair, either directly from the CWM site or through ROM Manager, which was also updated today to support Android 4.2. While the latter can handle flashing the updated recovery, Koush himself advised users to flash via fastboot to avoid any potential issues with the process.
Koush also took it upon himself to update the Superuser application for 4.2, just until the original developer can get around to updating the official application in the Play Store.
Update: It looks like the 16GB Nexus 10 is back in stock now. If you were one of the unlucky few who missed the first batch of orders, go ahead and claim yours now.
There's no denying Google's launch of its new Nexus lineup has been a little bumpy. On launch day, we saw near-instantaneous shortages of the Nexus 4 in multiple countries including the US. Shortly after the Nexus 4 sold out in the US, the 32GB Nexus 10 fell.
We received tips from a number of folks this morning that the Nexus 4 has finally had its source code dropped into AOSP - and it has! Sort of. If you head over to the Android Git, and to the /lge/mako repo, you'll notice lots of things that people with beards understand. And those things are, basically, the source code for the Nexus 4 (which is still called mako in AOSP, apparently).
We already know that Nexus devices are easy to unlock and root, but the process is still a bit different each time. Thus, XDA member HQRaja posted a handy guide on exactly how to root the Nexus 4.
There are two different ways of rooting the device - using either ADB with an insecure boot image, or directly through ClockworkMod Recovery. While both methods are posted in the source thread at XDA, the CWM method is undoubtedly easier and will probably feel more familiar to most.
The Nexus 4 retail software update is out! Previously, all Nexus 4 were running pre-release software, which was missing a few things. I reviewed the Nexus 4 as best I could with the beta software, but I wanted to update it once I had a few days to play with the final build.
Now that the final software is out, I've updated my review, and, to save people that have already read it from digging through 6000 words looking for updates, I'm putting all the new info in this article, too.
Do you love the sea of reflective dots that adorn the back of the Nexus 4? And do you, having had your pre-order delayed up to three weeks, absolutely crave that shiny goodness in your life right now? There's a live wallpaper for that: the Nexus 4 Dot live wallpaper, to be precise.
Actually, it's quite pretty, and decently tweakable (though there are ads in the settings menus).