AH Primetime: You Know What Would Suck? A Nexus 4 Refresh at Google I/O

| May 5, 2013 | 10 Replies

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When it comes to the Nexus lineup, we are used to a ton of rumors, leaks and blogs (even Android Headlines) hypebeasting the new device(s). I remember back, last fall there were so many rumors for the Nexus 4. There were even a couple of hoaxes going around. At one point, we thought there would be an LG Nexus, a HTC Nexus and a Sony Nexus. Well the Sony Nexus turned out to be false, the HTC Nexus was just the HTC Droid DNA for Verizon and the LG Nexus was the real deal. Literally everyday there was another leak or rumor going around. So when the Nexus 4 was finally unveiled (through a press release from Google and The Verge exclusive), many people were upset that there was no 32GB version and no LTE on the Nexus 4.

Each Nexus device has gone through that much hype leading up to it’s release. Following release, there are always shortages. Which somehow makes the device hyped even more. Don’t ask me how that happens. The Nexus 4 is very, very similar to the Optimus G that’s on AT&T and Sprint right now. One thing that makes the Nexus lineup standout from other devices, are the frequent updates. Right now my Nexus 4 is running Android 4.2.2, if I had a HTC One X, or Galaxy S3 it would still be on Android 4.1 unless I rooted and flashed a custom ROM. Speaking of Custom ROMs, that’s another reason that makes the Nexus line so popular. It’s a piece of cake to root and unlock the bootloader as well as develop for. The Nexus line started as a developer phone or device, and has rapidly turned into a consumer device because consumers got tired of waiting for updates, and also paying nearly $600-700 for a new phone.

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So that leads us back to our topic. A Nexus 4 refresh at Google I/O really would suck. Recently we’ve heard rumors that the new Nexus 4 being announced at Google I/O in a matter of days would have 32GB of storage and 4G LTE. Really Google? This is the Nexus 7 all over again. Back last year at Google I/O, Google announced the Nexus 7 which came in 8GB and 16GB variants and were Wi-Fi only. Then in the fall with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 announcement, Google introduced a 32GB version (axing the 8GB) and a HSPA+ variant for either T-Mobile or AT&T. One thing I don’t want, and I know I’m not alone here, is a refreshed Nexus 4 only 6 months after it was launched. This isn’t Apple here, who did that to their fans with the iPad 3 and iPad 4 last year. I’d rather Google just give us the Nexus 7 and possibly the X Phone – keep your fingers crossed for that one.

Who else agrees with me that adding a 32GB variant with LTE to the Nexus 4 choices would suck? Especially for those of us who were early adopters. I bought my Nexus 4 on launch day, November 13th, 2012. And if Google brings out a 32GB version with LTE (for T-Mobile) I’ll probably go ahead and buy it anyways. But why can’t Google have these refreshes available at launch? By now Google should know that people want more internal space and LTE. I understand why they don’t want to add a microSD card slot and I’m fine with that. Just give us 32GB and 64GB variants from the start, like HTC does. Okay, Google?

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About Alexander Maxham ()

Alex has been an Android user since the Motorola Droid back in 2010. He's been a huge Android fan ever since using many of the most popular flagships. He's currently rocking a Moto X and a G2.
  • Damon Hart

    I’d be fine with it since I have a gs3

  • Michael McGrade

    I’m fine since I’m with a CDMA carrier and I’ll be getting the S4 soon…upgrading from my S2.

  • Jose Hernandez

    I hope they do.

  • Julian Coronado

    I’m planning on buying the next Nexus next year when my Verizon contract is up. But I hope it isn’t a refresh!

  • Ross Pendleton

    Haha, it’s funny because I’m the one who made up the HTC Nexus 5 rumours. Hahaha.

  • dimnex

    While they should have these variants from the start, I don’t see why It would suck more to bring them now than at all. You can always sell and get the lte one. Myself I’m content with the current one since we don’t have lte and 16 gigs are enough for me.

  • yoyo

    After launch: “WHY GOOGLE? GIVE US LTE AND MORE STORAGE!!!!”
    After Google I/O: “NOOOOO!!! WHY DO YOU HAVE TO RELEASE LTE AND MORE STORAGE????”

    Make up your mind, people!

  • Marvin Crompton

    So we bash galaxy s4 for being nothing but a galaxy S3(S), but would be satisfied with a nexus 4(s) ? If they keep the price point the same, then who am i to complain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robthacker Rob Thacker

    X phone or whatever it may be called by Motorola not exclusive to Verizon or anyone else for that matter is my hope. Motorola has some really great features that are only available to Verizon and Motorola act like they didn’t even make the original Photon for Sprint for quite a while now. If the X phone is a way to break away from the Atrix, Photon, and Droid branding that is fine because Motorola make some great products. I switched from a Photon to a Galaxy Nexus on Sprint and have been less than impressed with the reception and the power that the screen sucks. I have a third party battery that is about 3800 mah so one problem is sort of fixed. I will be in many locations with my girlfriend who still uses her Photon and her reception is incredible while my Nexus barely shows up on the bars and performance. I am impressed by the processing power and pure Android experience but reception and battery life are a huge couple factors to lose! Hello Moto?!

  • Treyhunnid

    A CDMA LTE nexus refresh is actually anticipated