Thursday , August 16 2018

Prior to Google I/O there were rumours of a White Whale.. no.. a white Nexus 4. In fact, we’ve been covering these “White Nexus 4rumours for months, going back as far as November last year.

It seems that this rumour has finally turned out to be correct. The good folk over at Android and Me have, in their hot little hands, that elusive white Nexus 4, and besides a lick of paint, it’s the same Nexus 4. There’s no LTE (sorry, that rumour is bust for now), and no other changes whatsoever, just that it comes in white.

Oh, there is one other change. The white Nexus 4 will hit the Google Play store on 10 June, and it will launch with Android 4.3. This seems to be pretty well confirmed information, but we’ll wait till we see it before we call it a definite.

Sadly, Android 4.3 wasn’t announced (or really even mentioned) at Google I/O this year, and the feeling around the place was that it had been deliberately bumped from the show. Android And Me’s sources within Google said they wanted to demonstrate their ability to roll out new services and APIs without upgrading the Android firmware itself, and as we’ve seen with the launch of Google Play Games, Hangouts and the new sync services, this can certainly be done.

Equally sad is that we don’t know anything much about what Android 4.3 will bring, but it seems it will be a fairly minor update like 4.2 was to 4.1. The API version should be bumped up a notch, and the widely anticipated Bluetooth stack update containing support for Bluetooth Smart (aka Bluetooth Low Energy) should be a part. It seems likely (though there’s no news on this front) that the Android 4.3 update will be released for all current Nexus devices (4, 7 and 10) when it comes.

Source: Android and Me.

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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Sujay Vilash
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Sujay Vilash

Is upgrading to BLE just a software thing or does it require special hardware ? in other words, will existing devices be BLE ?

David Anderton
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the bluetooth chip needs to be compatible thankfully most are including the Nexus 4.

Sujay Vilash
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Sujay Vilash

Would you know if the new HTC One is ? I have just received my One and am worried that it might be obsolete even before I get 1 month of use.

David Anderton
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yes it is

Sujay Vilash
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Sujay Vilash

Brilliant. Thanks for that.

urbanpitch
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urbanpitch

I guess it was a good thing to separate the launch of developer tools at the DEVELOPER CONFERENCE and products from google later.
nexus 7 was a developer release but because people were all over it like a frenzy, they released it sooner.
Oh well,cant wait for the new releases :).

Boultono
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Boultono

The wife might just have to get one. Notice!

greviousmcg
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Is Google going to have some sort of event for this marking the release and demonstrating the capabilities of the 4.3 upgrade?

Brad H
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Brad H

I’m glad that it’s not an upgraded model. We only need one a year!
White looks god ugly in these photos, I also hear the front is black? Even worse.

Dylan Wheeler
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Yeah two-toned, what’s the point!?

Greg
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Looks beautiful to me, two toned sounds cool as well.

Andrew Palozzo
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I’m hopeful the white nexus 4 is a minor announcement to go along side a new Nexus 7 launch.

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