LG has confirmed that it will not manufacture the next Google Nexus smartphone following the success of the Nexus 4. Last year’s Google-backed Android flagship was notable for being subsidized directly by Google in order to attempt online sales through its storefront once again and to draw as many people as possible to Android with its lower than average pricing for a flagship smartphone.
The phone itself was notable for featuring high-end specifications thanks to sharing hardware with the Optimus G while removing some features, such as the microSD slot in favor of internal flash memory and LTE support, despite shipping with radio hardware which supported T-Mobile and partial AT&T LTE access and being enabled by modders before being disabled by updates and re-enabled in an ongoing cat and mouse game.
The White Nexus 4 is otherwise identical to the previous model with a 4.7-inch 1280×768 True HD IPS Plus display at 320ppi supported by Zerogap Touch technology and the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. The phone will be launched starting tomorrow in Hong Kong before expanding to other markets such as Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East over the next several weeks.