Google has partnered with Samsung in the past to produce the Galaxy Nexus line of smartphones. This past summer, Google partnered with manufacturer ASUS to produce its very own e-book reader, the Google Nexus 7 – a seven-inch tablet that rivals the likes of Amazon’s Kindle collection as well as Apple’s iPad. Although Google produced an e-book reader that sold out in record numbers, the Mountain View, California company did not stop there: just this week, the company announced the addition of three new products to its product line – a Google Nexus 7 4G tablet, a Google Nexus 10 tablet (ten-inch counterpart to the 9.7-inch iPad 4), and an LG Nexus 4 smartphone. Google’s partnerships, as can be seen in its tablets and Samsung phones, often lead to big results.
The same thing can be said for Google’s partnership with LG to produce Google’s newest flagship phone. According to Paul Sawers, the LG Nexus 4 went on sale at 8:35am and sold out at the Google Play store in just fifty minutes. In the United Kingdom, Jason McCabe posted tweeted that the Nexus 4 had sold out in just fifteen minutes. Germany had the same sale time as the UK for the new Google-LG phone.
It is obvious that the Nexus 4 has been a big hit with consumers across the United States and Europe. The question remains, however: what is so special about the Nexus 4 that it would sell out in this manner? To understand what all the fuss is about, you must examine the features of the Nexus 4 smartphone:
- Comes in 8GB and 16GB versions (internal memory storage)
- Operates via WiFi and HSPA+ cellular network
- 4.7-inch diagonal screen
- 1280 x 768 screen resolution
- Gorilla Glass 2
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
- 8 megapixel front-facing camera
- 1.3-megapixel rear-facing camera
- 2GB ram
- Micro USB
- SlimPort HDMI
- Wireless charging
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Near Field Communication (NFC)
- Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Ambient light
There are other features of the LG Nexus 4 available at the Google Play store. The LG Nexus 4 comes with typical features, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, ambient light, micro USB port, GPS, and front and rear-facing cameras (8 megapixels and 1.3 megapixels are somewhat standard smartphone camera sizes these days). The Nexus 4 stands on its own, however, when it comes to features such as NFC (a trademark of smartphones running on Android OS), Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), and wireless charging. NFC allows you to make purchases and beam data and photos to those who have NFC smartphone capability. Wireless charging has become the latest technology for smartphones, and the Nexus 4 allows you to place your phone on a charging mat (without an adapter or USB cable) and start charging your phone immediately.
When you take into account wireless charging, NFC, and Android 4.2, you have a smartphone that competes with Apple’s beloved iPhone 5. Be sure to check back at the Play store later to purchase your very own cutting-edge smartphone.