Monday , February 19 2018

Nexus 4 announced on Play Store Devices; for sale November 13

Well, we’ve sure awoken to some interesting news this morning haven’t we! Even though the Google Playground event has been postponed due to some inclement weather, the new releases are still coming thick and fast.

The Nexus 4, also known as one of the year’s most poorly kept secrets, is now up on the Play Store as a teaser. Not available for purchase just yet – it will be available on Tuesday 13 November – but the product images are up, the specifications are up, and so’s the advertising.

Let’s get in it.

Technical Specifications

    • 4.7″ diagonal
    • 1280 x 768 pixel resolution (320 ppi)
    • WXGA IPS
    • Corning(R) Gorilla(R) Glass 2
  • CPU
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon(TM) S4 Pro
  • SIZE
    • 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
    • 139g
    • 8 MP (main)
    • 1.3 MP (front)
    • Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
    • GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    • 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • HSPA+ 21
    • 16 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less)
    • 2 GB RAM
    • Micro USB
    • SlimPort HDMI
    • 3.5mm headphone jack
    • Wireless charging
    • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
    • NFC (Android Beam)
    • Bluetooth
    • 2,100 mAh Lithium polymer
  • OS
    • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
    • Microphone
    • Accelerometer
    • Compass
    • Ambient light
    • Gyroscope
    • Barometer
    • GPS


The Play Store listing shows us that the Nexus 4 will feature Photo Sphere camera that takes 360° panorama shots, like ‘no other camera you’ve ever seen’. Just like the Google Street View cameras, you can take panorama shots that cover every dimension, taking photos like you’re actually there.

Sharing these photos will be a cinch, with sharing available via Google+, Google Maps or via email. You can do this on the phone, because the editing tools you’ll need are there too, built right in.

Old favourites like Instant Upload allow you to automatically post photos you take, including these new Photo Sphere shots, straight to a private album on the web for you to use later as you see fit!

Wireless Charging also gets a mention – not only will you never need to plug your handset into a pesky USB cable (unless you’re going to root it, I guess), but you’ll never have to plug it into a charger, either. Just place your Nexus 4 on a compatible charging mat, and your phone will charge up. No cables. No mess.

Shut up and take my money!

Well, they’re not for sale just yet – unfortunately – but that’ll probably change soon. In the meantime, if you want to get MORE information than we’ve given you, go check out the order page on the Play Store here.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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11 Comments on "Nexus 4 announced on Play Store Devices; for sale November 13"

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Valued Guest

So do we think local carriers will be picking up this phone and selling it on plans? Do we think Google will allow that now that their selling their own devices?

Valued Guest

i think if optus of Hellstra put this phone on a plan it would be a $59 a mth for 24mths. Its better to buy it for $400 and jump on a $15mth plan from someone like TPG which gives you the same value in terms of cap usage but you end up $650 better off over 24mths (you could even buy the next nexus next year and still save $250)

Peter Graham
Valued Guest

Just can’t bring myself to buy an LG phone even if it is a nexus.

Valued Guest

For sale for AU$399, but its only US$299. We’re getting marked up $100 again, why does this keep happening?

Allister Roger
Valued Guest

Also all prices in the US are pre local tax which varies from state to state.

Aryan Ameri
Valued Guest

The US$299 is for the 8GB version which is on sale here for $349. Considering the GST on that is about $35, we are only paying about $15 more, which is completely acceptable if you ask me.

This is going to be my next device it seems.

Valued Guest

Aha I got a bit overexcited and forgot to read.

Valued Guest

$400 out right on the play store for the 4. You can buy two Nexus 4’s for every iphone 5. This price is awesome!

Greg McPherson
Valued Guest

$399 for 16GB makes it awfully tempting.

Ausdroid Reader

I’ll be getting the 16GB one in a few months and soon after I confirm it does have a multi-coloured notification LED.

Ausdroid Reader

Well, I for one will be buying a Nexus 4. I might even save some money and buy an 8GB model. I only need about 4 or 5 GB for photos and music. Videos are better on my Nexus 7.

Incidentally, I can’t wait to see a 1080p movie in 300PPI on the Nexus 10.

On a major downer, Google cannot break free of the US Carrier stranglehold and release an unlocked LTE Nexus. I’m just gonna hold back on what I think of those Carriers because it wouldn’t be pretty 🙁

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