Details emerge on Google Nexus 4G; Android 4.0 on board

For the last couple of years, Google has sought to define the pure Android experience through its Nexus series handsets.  The current version, the Nexus S, has been well received, although it is little more than a reworked Samsung Galaxy S.

Despite the Nexus S only being available for a few months, work is already under way on its successor, expected to be called Nexus 4G.

BGR has learned that it has a 4G LTE radio on board (sorry, WiMAX fans), along with a dual-core processor – either 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz flavour, and believed to be a next-gen Snapdragon.

Silencing the complaints of those who mourn the absence of 720p video capture on the Nexus S, the Nexus 4G will have 1080p HD video recording, along with a “monster-sized” 720p HD display; the ultra-thin body also carries a 1MP forward-facing camera, and a 5MP camera on the back.

Most excitingly, the Nexus 4G is expected to be the first device available with Android 4.0, or ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’, and it will dispense entirely with the familiar Android buttons below the screen, in favour of an exclusively screen-based interface.

BGR has heard that Google aims to have it on sale by Thanksgiving and they speculate that this may be coming to AT&T around the same time period. Whenever it gets here, it’s shaping up to be a truly awesome device.

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...and the 5MP camera isn't anything innovative here, could be 8MP, unless it's a very high quality sensor.

tom5 said,
...and the 5MP camera isn't anything innovative here, could be 8MP, unless it's a very high quality sensor.

"The 5-megapixel camera, however, is said to be an advanced 5-megapixel sensor delivering class-leading image quality in addition to superior low-light performance."

Taken from BGR's report.

If this come to At&t I'll freak. I love my Nexus One, predominantly because it's received two major stock updates and will have had the latest software for a period of 24 months--ok 20 for the At&t version by the time Ice Cream Sandwich is released. The 720p HD screen seems awesome, but I'm concerned how it will drain battery and processing power. If it's Qualcomm dual-core, it should be the Krait 1.5 GHz dual-core with Adreno 300. One hell of a replacement for my N1. Oh please be At&t, or better yet, release it to all major carriers.

UndergroundWire said,
AT&T's 4G LTE service is lacking. I wouldn't bet on the Nexus 4G going to Big Blue (right away at least)

Hey I'm just going by the BGR report. This is the first news of the new Nexus I've heard since the Tegra 3 was set to be in the handset. If I had my choice, I'd choose Big Red's LTE. However, I don't because my employer pays for my phone. Lets just be glad Google knows to start with LTE and not WiMAX! It's all about spectral efficiency.

Jmaxku said,

Hey I'm just going by the BGR report. This is the first news of the new Nexus I've heard since the Tegra 3 was set to be in the handset. If I had my choice, I'd choose Big Red's LTE. However, I don't because my employer pays for my phone. Lets just be glad Google knows to start with LTE and not WiMAX! It's all about spectral efficiency.

Sprint will eventually go LTE. WiMax is just not that good.

I sincerely doubt it will be called the "Nexus 4G" since the last nexus phone was the Nexus S 4G. Too confusing for most people.

user55 said,
I sincerely doubt it will be called the "Nexus 4G" since the last nexus phone was the Nexus S 4G. Too confusing for most people.

Not really. This phone is more like a developer phone. They are not targeting your average user who wants to be a test dummy. LOL.

It's more for us geeks. And if it will be on Verizon (4G LTE), I can guarantee you that it will be online only (since the bootloader will most likely be unlock-able).

For a developer oriented phone Google really needs to have quad-core on board, the Nexus S launch was kinda ruined by the fact that it was only a slightly improved already existing phone, The Nexus 3/4G/Whatever should be a device that really has the most complete feature set.

Also, if it's called The Nexus 4G think of all the marketing you could do with quad-cores: 4 cores, 4 inches, Android 4.0, 4G, The Nexus 4G!11

FISKER_Q said,
For a developer oriented phone Google really needs to have quad-core on board, the Nexus S launch was kinda ruined by the fact that it was only a slightly improved already existing phone, The Nexus 3/4G/Whatever should be a device that really has the most complete feature set.

Also, if it's called The Nexus 4G think of all the marketing you could do with quad-cores: 4 cores, 4 inches, Android 4.0, 4G, The Nexus 4G!11

Not only was the Nexus S ruined without dual core, but it was a Samsung phone which usually feels "plasticy". LOL.

Anyway, I like the way you think with the whole marketing of it. I was thinking more like:

<i>Four Reasons To Get The Nexus 4G
- 4G LTE
- 4.3 Inche Screen
- Quad Core Processor
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwhich)</i>

UndergroundWire said,

Not only was the Nexus S ruined without dual core, but it was a Samsung phone which usually feels "plasticy". LOL.

Anyway, I like the way you think with the whole marketing of it. I was thinking more like:

<i>Four Reasons To Get The Nexus 4G
- 4G LTE
- 4.3 Inche Screen
- Quad Core Processor
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwhich)</i>


Forgot the Nexus 4G > Iphone 4... 4 4 4 4 4

Android 4.0 is not official. Only the name Ice Cream Sandwich is official. Ice Cream Sandwich could be 3.2, 3.5, or 4.0. Let's not make assumptions.

Anyway, people did not believe me when I said that the next Nexus phone will be on Verizon. Given that the device will have 4G LTE and Verizon has the biggest 4G LTE market, it's safe to say it will be on Verizon if this info still holds true.

My original guess was it will be a Motorola phone with 4G LTE. It will sport either a Dual Core or Quad Core processor. Considering that Tegra 3 is slated for the second half of the year, it will not surprise me if it is Quad Core.

UndergroundWire said,

Anyway, people did not believe me when I said that the next Nexus phone will be on Verizon. Given that the device will have 4G LTE and Verizon has the biggest 4G LTE market, it's safe to say it will be on Verizon if this info still holds true.

Verizon only does LTE DATA, while voice is still CDMA so that would probably come later like the Sprint one that was released. If they are to include VoLTE then AT&T and Verizon could both use the same phone but the fallback would be to GSM/UMTS while on Verizon you'd have no signal.

Eitherway, niiiiice Can't wait for a new Nexus, missing my Nexus One already - never got the S as I'm waiting for a 850Mhz 3G version (locally)!
V

SHoTTa35 said,

Verizon only does LTE DATA, while voice is still CDMA so that would probably come later like the Sprint one that was released. If they are to include VoLTE then AT&T and Verizon could both use the same phone but the fallback would be to GSM/UMTS while on Verizon you'd have no signal.

I highly doubt it's for AT&T. AT&T's LTE network will be really small by November of this year. Verizon on the other hand grows more and more every year.

burhan9k said,
ice cream sandwich is android 3.1 not 4.0!!

there's no proof that ICS ill be 4.0 or 3.x
3.1 for now is the latest update to Honeycomb.

Since ICS is a cleaned up tweaked HC code I guess it will be more 3.x than 4.0 .
Honeycomb was not supposed to be released yet but the pressure from OEM and the new iPad provoqued google to release Honeycomb faster.