Jan 11 AT 3:27 PM Dustin Earley 91 Comments

LG rumored to halt Nexus 4 production, make room for newer Nexus phone


The Nexus 4 is one hard phone to pin down. After a couple brief spurts of availability near its initial release, the Nexus 4 has been practically non-existent. Its availability status is currently marked as “SOLD OUT” in bold, red letters on the Google Play store. Why? Was initial demand really that strong for Google’s latest Nexus phone, or as a new rumors suggests, is there already a revamped Nexus 4 on the way?

According to International Business Times, LG has halted production of the Nexus 4 to “focus on the development of its future offerings.” With one of those future offerings undoubtedly an updated Nexus device.

During their CES press event, LG Electronics SVP James Fisher brought up the Nexus 4, saying, “This is the first of many devices to come from our growing partnership with this very selective company.” Of course, no specifics on exactly what LG and Google could be working on together were revealed, but it certainly lines up nicely with this new rumor that an updated Nexus 4 is already heading into production.

As for what the new Nexus would come with, IBT says a quad-core 2GHz processor and Key Lime Pie could make an appearance as early as next month.

We’ll be digging for more information on this rumor. Stay tuned.

Via: DroidLife

Source: International Business Times

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  • CaptainDoug

    Already?… Well OK. =D

    • Jorge Eslava

      I know that was kind of quick right? but I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      I don’t think this is quite what we’re likely assuming it is. If anything, I bet this is a GSM/HSPA+/LTE-enabled Nexus 4, maybe with add’l storage. I do NOT think this is the “end” of the Nexus 4. I don’t expec this to help Sprint/Verizon folks but it should support most AT&T/TMo/Int’l LTE frequencies.

      That’s my guess…

      • epps720

        I agree! I don’t think there will be any major revamping to this phone. That would be a very Motorola thing to do.

        • Jimmy_Jo

          Also a very HTC thing to do. Its the One X, I mean XL, I mean VX, I mean X+!

      • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

        Support most AT&T/TMo/Int’l LTE frequencies? That’s probably a dream at this moment. There’s no such thing as an “International LTE” frequencies:


        Google will need multiple variants of Nexus 4 to support most LTE services in the world — an one phone fits it all approach is probably at least 6 months to 1 year away.

        Frankly, I would rather see a Nexus 4 with a better cam and a larger battery than a slightly faster processor.

        • Mikel

          And don’t forget more memory too!

        • atmyside99

          Actually to support US+Most LTE there are only 6 bands you would need.
          Most NA Carriers(Canada) use AWS for LTE which is Band 4 for LTE, as well as 2.6 ghz (Band 7) Then ATT will use (Band 4, 12/17 (Band 17 is a subset of band 12), and WCS (currently unassigned). The other Int’l Frequenceies are 800 and 1600 (bands 20 and 3 respectively). So unless this is for sale to every market in the world, all you need are AWS, ATT-700 and 800/1800/2600, where the latter 3 are already made in a single chipset.

          • NotRelevant

            If you really want to support the biggest LTE footprint (in NA) you’d be wasting your time not supporting 700Mhz.

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

        I think that’s a solid guess. At this stage, if production is truly stopped for “something new”, it’s because there’s some kind of spec bump/change.

        With T-Mobile announcing LTE availability in limited markets in the next few weeks, it seems awfully coincidental that the Nexus 4 – of which T-Mobile is the premiere launch partner – is in a weird limbo state.

        While they’re at it, this would also be a fantastic time to introduce a 32+ GB version(s) like they did with the Nexus 7 refresh too. No sense in halting the production line for a minor refresh twice.

        • Balaram Vineeth Venugopal .P

          And fix the heat issues.

      • Jeremy Sheehan

        Yep. LTE Enabled Nexus 4. That’s what it is.

      • jamal adam

        I would welcome one with T-Mobile LTE and hopefully 32GB storage as well. Perhaps LG is slowing/halting production for the 8GB and instead revving up the 16GB as well as one with 32GB and LTE. It would make sense considering that’s what they did with the Nexus 7. Maybe prices for storage have fallen a little and it’s at a point where Google and LG can sell 16GB at the current 8GB price and a 32GB at the current 16GB price as well as a new 32GB w/ LTE at somewhere around $399 or $449.

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      Okay, I know I’m cheating by replying to CaptainDoug just to get my comment higher on the screen, but I think this is important enough that more people should see it:

      Phil Nickinson of Android Central was skeptical of the story, so he dug in a little bit.

      Basically, the source is not credible. At all.

      • heat361

        I agree %100 why would Google kill production just to release another device they would face the same problem of low quantities of the device. Its not like Google to kill something good that they have.

      • CaptainDoug

        CHEATER! /s

  • Meister_Li

    Maybe this is similar to the Nexus 7 situation. As in, they will make a 32GB version with the price of the 16 GB Version and stop production on the 8GB Variant.

    • redraider133

      Maybe they are making an lte variant for the carriers? One can hope anyway but after the debacle in Verizon I won’t hold my breath.

      • jamal adam

        I hope that’s true because otherwise this would be a disaster. Even so, leaving those that bought the phone, out cold in the dust, will not bode well for them in the future. We’ll have to wait and see.

    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for LG

    • zerosix

      For me it sounds like sh*t.
      halted _production_ to focus on the _development_.

  • redraider133

    If this is true, it is going to tick off a ton of people. Google should come out and say what’s going on especially for those who ordered but got stuck waiting for theirs to finally get shipped.

    • Simon Holland Flarup

      Do all Computer manufactories also do that? Nope. You can’t buy an computer without it being outdated the moment you start it. Same thing will happen to phones.

      • iamXiV92a

        but being that it’s the exact same phone, I believe redraider133 has a point – I would be ticked if they drop a quad-core 2GHz version. I mean, quad-core 1.5GHz is awesome, but 2GHz is better…

        • montigue

          Really? You’ll notice a whole lot of difference between 1.5GHz and 2Ghz? I’ll sell you meth because it won’t make you that much more of a dope.

          • MrMillionz

            I think you would notice a difference. The 2Ghz chips are supposed to achieve the same battery life as the 1.5 Ghz ones. So either you’ll see a little more fluidity or you’ll see a jump in battery life if you clock it back down to 1.5. But i doubt they would do a whole refresh just for that.

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      And if that’s the case, you can expect Google to make reparations like they did with the Nexus 7 refresh ($25 credit) or the Nexus Q pre-orders (free device).

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    That happens gooogle better let me upgrade and get that.just kidding, my nexus 4 is amazing but I would be a little mad.

  • http://about.me/LuisOTorres taz88ny

    I just want them to get the device back in stock. I’m ready to ditch Sprint and start my life with Nexus devices on an MVNO.

    • duffguy123

      Here Here!!! I still have my HTC Evo OG and it is starting to break down after 2 years.

      I need a new phone but I don’t want to go into another contract with Sprint hoping for LTE.

  • Mikes_phone_and_tab

    This one will probably have LTE in it. Hopefully.

  • techvudu

    I can’t see any of this holding water. Why discontinue a sellout phone this early into production? Makes zero sense. Everything is done, tooled, and submitted. The more you make, the more people will buy. It should be obvious by the “Sold Out” sign everywhere….

  • Kaote

    Google announces new Nexus devices, not the OEM’s. I’m guessing this is an incorrect rumor.

    • inviolable

      Where was the announcement?

      • Kaote

        My point is there was no announcement from Google. Im pretty sure they arent letting manufacturers annouce their flagship devices now.

        • inviolable

          And my point is there was no announcement from anyone. That’s why its a rumor. LG didn’t come out and say anything. I’m not saying I believe the rumor, but your reasoning doesn’t apply.

  • janK

    This just seems so unlikely for multiple reasons. The Nexus 4, while it has caused quite a bit of frustration with customers, is a huge success for the Nexus program. It is also a opportunity for LG to prove to enthusiasts that they can make good hardware.

    Also, the article sourced all starts with a nearly baseless assumption and throws in some quotes that could be used to underline many, many general statements.

  • http://www.baldypal.com Adam Jones

    L T E! Let’s do this thing!

  • KennyL

    If this is true, I don’t know whether to cheer or groan. I am itiching to get away from my contract with Verizon (which is up in 2 weeks) and want this phone. As long as I get some version of the Nex4 by mid Feb, I’ll be happy.

    If I can get a 32gb for $350, all the better.

    • iamXiV92a

      Props for wanting to leave Verizon – a 32GB for $350 would be insanely awesome (hell, I’d buy another one at that price), but it won’t happen

  • bender23

    Over xda, some guys spotted a new bacth (using the IMEI checker), that is headed to Google Play, but has not been send yet. So I think this is pure speculation

  • sylvan

    Adding LTE, but keeping the name more or less the same would be a good move. But I agree this is really unlikely.

  • elooie

    My first though is they are going to “update” it with LTE activated for T-Mobile. Probably also a 32 and/or 64 gig model.

    So basically a new nexus but not really.

  • Nate B.

    I’m not buying this for a second. I’m sure something wasn’t translated correctly. I don’t see Google doing this. I mean if that is the case then what would they come out with this fall for their yearly release? Will it not have a 1080p screen just to wait for the one that comes out at the end of the year to have one? It just doesn’t makes sense.

  • robd1893

    Updated to 32-64gb is all they really need. Dear Lord please don’t let them give in to CDMA 4G LTE! GSM has been and always will be the better option for the consumer and hopefully T-Mo’s pre-paid will start taking off in the main stream but for that to happen they need to expand coverage and not worry about updating speeds.

    Go to a lot of forums and the #1 thing stopping people from going to T-Mo is the coverage. In my area HSPA+ is 32 down and 5 up BUUUUTTTTTTTTT that is for maybe half of our county. It’s either you have awesome speed and coverage or nothing here.

  • YMS123

    “Its future offerings” might just be referring to new LG phones, its way too early to ax the N4.

  • alexanderharri3

    This would be strange if true… Nexus 7 like to storage bump?

  • iamXiV92a

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t new versions of Android announced/featured during Google I/O? Which isn’t until May… KLP isn’t showing up *as early as next month ;-)

  • Ardrid

    Wow, that would really suck for people who are still waiting. I certainly can’t see LG giving away this “new” Nexus for those still holding out hope for a Nexus 4. Interested to see if this rumor is legit.

  • Michael Rice

    Seems like that would be pretty foolish of Google to partner with LG on ANY future products given the pathetic manufacturing rates that they shows with the Nexus 4.

  • Oskar Wismierski

    I hope this is fake.. it would piss off any nexus 4 user. Especially someone like me who ordered the device back in December and is still awaiting delivery :S If they release a new device a week after I receive my nexus 4 I will not be happy…..

    • MrMillionz

      or if they just gave you the Nexus “4+” instead of the Nexus 4.

  • jnano91

    I’m going to be ticked off Google actually releases a new nexus 4 with better hardware than what we already have. I’ll understand if there’s a new software 4.2.2 or keylime but a new hardware with a 2ghz quadcore and LTE would really be a ripoff for me.

    • HumbertoH

      Rip off a 600$ phone you actually pay 350$ for? Also, early adopter?

      Nothing to complaint here.

  • Dirge

    I remember reading a tweet from Birdman(I think that’s his name, the Verizon tipster) that Verizon users may expect a surprise in January 2013(regarding the Nexus 4).

  • Mix

    Just got my Nexus 4 like 20 days ago so hopefully they don’t change anything that much, lol.

    Still, love my phone.

  • aranea

    It’s not something google dis before. So I take it with a lot of doubt. It may be a small change to support other bands?

  • Chris

    From BGR:

    It has been suggested that LG will announce a successor to the Nexus 4 at the annual Barcelona event next month. Recent rumors have said that such a device would be equipped with a powerful 2GHz quad-core processor and the unannounced Android Key Lime Pie operating system. We have our doubts, however, given the fact that the Nexus 4 is not even two months old at this point.

    • HumbertoH

      Besides, what would Google show at I/O 2013 in May? Keylime Pie for sure.

  • BigCiX

    Release it with 32 gigs at $350. I’ll start saving cans today!

  • donger

    Part of me wants this to be true, the other half doesn’t because I know I will buy another Nexus 4.

  • RRR

    Thermal throttling was inherent design defect which told everyone that LG is a dumbest most brained novice. I liberally couldn’t believe my eyes what they did by burying processor fin the sandwich between ram module and lcd screen!!!

    • MrMillionz

      The Optimus G seems just great. People need to stop blaming LG for decisions that are most likely Google’s

  • RRR

    Thermal throttling was inherent design defect which told everyone that LG is a dumbest most braindead novice. I liberally couldn’t believe my eyes what they did by burying processor fin the sandwich between ram module and lcd screen!!!

    • RRR

      Where is Edit/delete option? Also fix this site on Opera mobile browser

  • Nick

    One day, the Nexus 4 will be worth as much as an Honus Wagner baseball card

  • Ferdi

    In Norway you get it everywhere, it may be a new US-Feature…

  • Jake

    If this is true, then it’s probably to REMOVE the LTE hardware that is already in it. It hasn’t been authorized to use LTE, but people have had limited success getting certain LTE bands to work on it.

  • who

    The Nexus 4 has finally arrived in the united states. I received an email saying my Nexus 4 has shipped and will be here by Tuesday, January 15th.

  • Nathan D.

    Could they even put a better image sensor on it with the better processor and more memory and the phone will be golden. Of course you could upgrade other things to but I think that will be too much to ask for.

  • rbcameron1

    Something will switch out on it. It’ll be like the difference between the iphone 4 and 4s. Modest but important improvements and maybe finally hopefully 4G. ;)

  • cb2000a

    Has anyone had good experience with the Nexus 4? I am a bit leery of LG phones. They always seemed lower quality to me.

  • amIT29

    What already …its hardly been on shelf in anystore yet…. if this is what it is then google please get ur hardware production plan fixed nexus q and now this ….. .

  • revs

    sd card slot and remove batt and im sold!

  • Compaq is dead

    First HTc bankrupt and now LG. Both are on a rapid decline.

  • hurracayne

    Well maybe I can get Nexus 4+ since the Nexus 4 was like chasing a Rainbow

    • Viking Droid

      LoL yea searching for this thing was like finding a 3 dollar bill

  • Adolf mchitler jesuston

    Load of bollocks! They won’t stop production, Google won’t let them. Any money on it being a CDMA/lte version of the phone.

    • Viking Droid

      I am going to be highly upset if they create an LTE version! I need this thing on Verizon!

  • RULE

    If they are smart they add a 1080p nexus 5 to the lineup ;-)

  • lars

    google does NOT want to compete, with other handset makers. thats actually an official statement. and lets face it the nexus 4 floors every other handset around at half the price. so not only did google (inadvertently) outshine its partners, it made them look bad. so the only way to make up for it is to limit the phone.

    • Viking Droid

      I understand your statement completely but why even create a phone that can not keep up with demand? I would be more than happy if they report they have sold over one million nexus 4′s. I called that success. With just a few hundred thousand handsets sold no one is taking this awesome handset serious no matter how much better it is than the competition!

  • Viking Droid

    This news, whether it is a rumor or not, is quite depressing. I gave up on my hopes of owning the dreamed piece of hardware that is declared the rival Android Smartphones of all Android Smartphones known as the Nexus. I now own a Samsung Galaxy Note II, which I have no complaints with! The news nonetheless is disheartening because I have so much faith in Google. A company with so much power should have better control of things like this. If Google is ever going to try and compete with Apple this is not the way. Thankfully we have Samsung who never complained about supply shortages. Another major downfall is the N4 is not offered on all carriers. I am guessing this shortage was expected so it was no need to even put them on every carrier. I just hope the next time around Google get it right. I expect so much more from them. I have said this before, if this was going to be a major issue I would have been more than accepting of just an OS update than a phone that could not keep up with demand!

  • da9el

    wohaa, sounds interesting although i don’t know what to believe… looking forward to holding a x phone in my hands!

  • ebb

    I JUST WANT ONE!!!!!

  • knight0783

    Even if they are working on a “revamped” nexus 4, A. They won’t halt production of the original B. It won’t be anything major, probably more storage, and late capabilities if anything…..

  • Ilikeandroidbutnotsamsung

    I love how people bash Apple for being sheep (I’m no Apple fan btw) but at least you can BUY THEIR PRODUCTS. I live in Canada and I would really like to replace my crappy Galaxy S2 aka “Charging Paused Voltage Too High” phone but the review sites are just reviewing Nexus 4 vaporware. Same with Nexus 10. More vaporware. If you aren’t going to bother making enough to sell it except at launch, I’m going to call it as I see it. Yes I know some lucky few have managed to get their 4′s and 10′s. But if a site reviews something that can’t be purchased except for exorbitant amounts on eBay, it’s tantamount to vaporware and has no place as one of the “Best Tablets” or “Best Phones.”

  • jazzman87

    Clearly a rumor but as so many people have already stated, it’s been really frustrating trying to buy this device. I work in PR and I understand creating a buzz, but come on people! I do believe that the particular phone is nothing short of excellent and you should feel like it’s a big deal buying it but you should be given the opportunity to acquire it in the first place.

    All I’m saying is that it shouldn’t be so bloody difficult!

  • Drifter

    I don’t think there is a “newer nexus phone”. This is all about LTE.

    Google/LG doesn’t have regulatory permission to use LTE on the Nexus 4. They thought they had it covered because it was disabled in software, but hackers have managed to re-enable LTE. This is pretty serious because it’s a legal minefield.

    So Google/LG have stopped manufacturing the Nexus 4 and are trying to disable LTE in hardware instead (this is the “newer nexus phone”). Since it’s a legal issue, they are probably on a legal lockdown (i.e. they can’t talk about this until it’s resolved).

    Of course I don’t know any more than anyone else. However, this is the only explanation that makes sense to me.

  • E-man

    I’d like a new nexus.

  • Daniel Stein

    i need some help :)

    should i buy a nexus 4 while it’s in stock or should i wait and see whether a ”updated nexus 4” comes out? with a rumored quad-core 2GHz processor and Key Lime Pie and possibly a 32gb model? :)