Google's new Nexus 4 TV ad debuts

Google launched the Nexus 4 smartphone in November 2012, but demand for the unlocked Android-based smartphone quickly overloaded the supply. At one point, there were shipment waits of over two months for the smartphone that's made by LG.

Today, shipment dates for the Nexus 4 on the Google Play website have gone down to about one to two weeks for the 8 GB verison, and two to three weeks for the 16 GB Nexus 4. That timeframe might seem like a long time, but it's apparently short enough that Google decided to launch a new TV ad campaign for the Nexus 4.

The one minute ad made its debut during the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, which also saw the debut of the Surface Pro TV campaign from Microsoft. While the Surface Pro ad was fun to look at, with lots of dancers and high end choreography, the Nexus 4 commercial is considerably less flashy.

The commercial showed a variety of people in various locations around the world using the Nexus 4. However, those features are pretty standard on most smartphones nowadays, including looking up the weather, finding a subway station or restaurant, and video chat. Google puts these features as part of Google Now with its various "cards", but you would be hard pressed to show what makes the Nexus 4 truly different than other Android phones other than a different UI with this ad.

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I know this will cost twice as much when it comes to my country.
Just like how N7 became expensive once it became on sale locally.

I'm happy with my SGS2 for now (though theres no future for it ).
Will look to a Nexus for my next phone, Sony seems quite dev friendly at the moment as well.

Please, please, PLEASE bring this to Sprint.... my upgrade is due in June ..... Hopefully we have some news before then!!!

Nexus 4 is my first Android phone that works and does not crash, for the past 2 years I believed such thing does not exist, I am happy to see a quality Android phone after all.

The advertisement is showing what can the phone do, it understands you are in a different country and it offers translation without you searching for a translate app and installing it, it always you to video conference with more than one person at the same time, etc.

Android 4.2 is trying to understand you, it is becoming your personal assistant, the one that can do some things for you, and I hope Android 5 adds more things in that direction.

Microsoft just finished their new panels UI, and Android already went a few steps ahead (voice recognition in any language, translation, and basic understanding of what you may need in specific situations).

as a former iPhone 4 user, I had a great time deciding between iPhone 5 & Nexus 4. I live in Houston, and the lack of LTE support is a big deal breaker for me. On top of that, my Nexus 4 order slipped through the crack while others ordered later and still received units before me. So I ended up with iPhone 5 (Awesome LTE speed!) on AT&T, and also got myself a G Nexus off eBay using prepaid T-Mobile service.

G Nexus is still an awesome phone, running Android 4.2.1...kinda use it from time to time to get used to the Android interface..and use it to learn android development.

I really wanted this phone but sadly, Google sent me three Lemons . Had to ask for a refund. Still waiting for that refund. It looks like a great device if you get one that works! But after experiencing 3 different N4s with 3 different defects, I can't possibly recommend this to anyone.

First one worked for a day and then would not boot. I could not even boot into recovery .
Second one, the back glass broke in less than a weeks time. I could have been at fault (but do not recall anything that could have broken it). Anyway, Google agreed to replace it. In hindsight I should have just kept that one because other than the cosmetic it worked fine. But yeah, glass on back is stupid and that glass may be the same "kind" of glass that is on the front, but it looks impossibly thin and cheep to me. My >2.5 year old iPhone 4's back glass is still in great condition.
Third one, the front facing camera would not work. The first time I booted the phone there was an error message regarding a failure to initialize the camera. I had no idea what it was talking about, but the next day I realized that the front facing camera was not working. Did a full restore and upon booting after the full restore I got the same error message. Sent back to Google, but this time for a refund. I was sick of it after dealing with Google Play support across the span of 2 months. I'm still dealing with Google Play Support because I haven't received a refund. My last email to them on Sunday, the response was "According to our records, your replacement N4 was delivered on Feb. 6th"...yeah, that's how screwed up things are over there. I later received an email correcting that email and saying that a refund had been issued and should be applied to my CC in "a couple of business days" so that is what I'm currently waiting for.

I love this ads, is more human. It is similar to the Apple's ads, people doing things, people communicating and people obtaining information.

volodoscope said,
Google really need to focus on Nexus line. This can be their answer to all of their issues.

Nope. The strength of Android is variety and diversity.

Brace yourself for the random rebooting, missing December, and bad battery life then... JB 4.2.1 is one of the WORST Android releases ever! Also affects Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7/10 that received the update.

Oh, and Google's response to this? It's of moderate severity. I'm sorry, if my phone reboots randomly even during a call, or while idle, that is not moderate.

http://code.google.com/p/andro...ummary%20Stars&id=39912

Mine has been 100% perfect for over 3 months, best phone ever, I've rebooted manually about 4 times in those 3 months. December happened and JB 4.2.1 is the best ever.
Sorry to hear you've had a duff experience.

Umm they fixed the December issues and I don't know anyone that has random reboots. Maybe you got a lemon. I'd have to say it's the best mobile device I've owned.

-=MagMan=- said,
Brace yourself for the random rebooting, missing December, and bad battery life then... JB 4.2.1 is one of the WORST Android releases ever! Also affects Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7/10 that received the update.

Oh, and Google's response to this? It's of moderate severity. I'm sorry, if my phone reboots randomly even during a call, or while idle, that is not moderate.

http://code.google.com/p/andro...ummary%20Stars&id=39912

"full stock android 4.2 just rooted"
Yah cry to google. That's like jailbreaking you iPhone then taking it to the apple store and telling them it lags. (You know the old iphone 3's and ipods used to lag when jail broken)

onionjuice said,

"full stock android 4.2 just rooted"
Yah cry to google. That's like jailbreaking you iPhone then taking it to the apple store and telling them it lags. (You know the old iphone 3's and ipods used to lag when jail broken)


That just shows you posted a stupid reply without reading the thread I linked to. There are DOZENS of Nexus device owners in that one thread aline who are running full-stock units without ANY mods or hacks that are experiencing these issues.

Next time read before you reply!

droidkid said,
just by the look of your apple logo I can understand your comment completely

Android troll detected... My wife is the one with the G Nexus, and her phone is barely usable since 4.2.1. Have to try and get her back onto 4.1.1 which she had previously cause none of these problems existed before the 4.2.1 update.

Interesting.. what kind of problems do you have with 4.2.1 on G Nexus? I have it running on my G Nexus forever since 4.2.1 and I like it so far.

-=MagMan=- said,

That just shows you posted a stupid reply without reading the thread I linked to. There are DOZENS of Nexus device owners in that one thread aline who are running full-stock units without ANY mods or hacks that are experiencing these issues.

Next time read before you reply!

They have installed various mods/programs (from installing certain apps in the app store to rooting) as many have reported that uninstalling them have fixed the reboots. Clearly not the OS.

You should think twice before you post.

onionjuice said,

They have installed various mods/programs (from installing certain apps in the app store to rooting) as many have reported that uninstalling them have fixed the reboots. Clearly not the OS.

You should think twice before you post.


Again, someone who doesn't know how to read...

The apps are not the root cause of the issue as even Google has acknowledged the problem exists. It seems to have something to do with Location Services, as disabling them elimates the random reboots.

BTW, you are supposed to be able to install apps on a smartphone and not have the OS take a dump because of it!

mantequillas said,
Go back to Apple, troll.

Go F yourself android lover! I still love the Galaxy Nexus and true Android. But glitches like this should never be allowed to make it thru QC testing.

I use an iPhone myself because I've invested into this system and have no wish to change as it does the job I need it to do. Same goes for my wife who has invested in the Android ecosystem and doesn't want to switch, but these glitches are making her think twice...

ThunderRiver said,
Interesting.. what kind of problems do you have with 4.2.1 on G Nexus? I have it running on my G Nexus forever since 4.2.1 and I like it so far.

Wife started experiencing random reboots of the device with no obvious pattern. Can occur during a call, while watching YouTube, and even when the phone is sitting idle in sleep mode.

Also her battery life has gone down the toilet; phones looses 40% while in Airplane mode overnight, with nothing in the logs showing the drain source.

-=MagMan=- said,

Wife started experiencing random reboots of the device with no obvious pattern. Can occur during a call, while watching YouTube, and even when the phone is sitting idle in sleep mode.

Also her battery life has gone down the toilet; phones looses 40% while in Airplane mode overnight, with nothing in the logs showing the drain source.

Woah.. something is definitely off. Which version of G Nexus do you have? I have the regular GSM version (not LTE Verizon), so could that be the difference?

-=MagMan=- said,
Brace yourself for the random rebooting, missing December, and bad battery life then... JB 4.2.1 is one of the WORST Android releases ever! Also affects Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7/10 that received the update.

Oh, and Google's response to this? It's of moderate severity. I'm sorry, if my phone reboots randomly even during a call, or while idle, that is not moderate.

http://code.google.com/p/andro...ummary%20Stars&id=39912

Well quite true. Among all the Android releases, it has the most bugs. Leaks screenshots of 4.2.2 on n4 is out. Hope it will come soon and fix all the problems we had.

ThunderRiver said,

Woah.. something is definitely off. Which version of G Nexus do you have? I have the regular GSM version (not LTE Verizon), so could that be the difference?


It's the Galaxy Nexus yakju model, so I believe it's the same. Yours could be the takju, if you purchased directly from Google in the US.

-=MagMan=- said,
Brace yourself for the random rebooting, missing December, and bad battery life then... JB 4.2.1 is one of the WORST Android releases ever! Also affects Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7/10 that received the update.

Oh, and Google's response to this? It's of moderate severity. I'm sorry, if my phone reboots randomly even during a call, or while idle, that is not moderate.

http://code.google.com/p/andro...ummary%20Stars&id=39912

New news.... Android 4.2.2 http://www.androidpolice.com/2...galaxy-nexus-nexus-7-users/

Give it a go

-=MagMan=- said,

It's the Galaxy Nexus yakju model, so I believe it's the same. Yours could be the takju, if you purchased directly from Google in the US.

Yes, that's the difference, I do have takju model, but the only difference is just being that yours is international GSM HSPA+, bought from International Play store.

Have one for almost 2 months now i think and i love it!
Two friends of mine got the N4 as well and they love it as well.

Great device.