Ever since Google purchased Motorola Mobility, I have longed for the “pure Google” experience. As a tech writer, I read about how the “pure Google” experience is above every other Android experience you can have. I own a Samsung Galaxy S3 and drooled over the thought of purchasing a Galaxy Note II earlier this week. I am enjoying my Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) experience, but wish that I had gotten Android 4.1 over two months ago – I could be on Google’s latest Android 4.2 OS by now. Samsung has made me even more jealous of its international Galaxy S3 users who received the Premium Suite Upgrade some time ago. I still want my upgrades!
Samsung offers great smartphones, but the company is rather slow when it comes to providing quick updates to all its Android customers. Jelly Bean came out to Galaxy S3 customers starting in October (American customers); I did not receive it with my carrier until mid-December. Google has had Android 4.2 out for some time now, but me and all other Galaxy S3 owners are still waiting for Android 4.2. If Google produced the Galaxy S3, Android 4.2 would have been the current OS. Samsung makes a great smartphone, but it could do more to improve the timing of its OS updates.
The Nexus 4 is the “pure Google” experience that every Android fan craves! Although the Nexus 4 has only sold approximately 400,000 phones since its debut, there are hundreds of thousands of other Android customers who want the phone. While I love my Galaxy S3, I still want to have the pure Google experience, just like Nexus 4 owners. The Nexus 4 is a hot item because of its wireless features. It does not offer LTE, only Wi-Fi (this is how Google can sell the phone unlocked directly from the Google Play Store). In addition, it offers wireless charging by way of an LG wireless charging mat. No longer do you have to plug your smartphone into a wall adapter and “yank” it out when you are in a hurry and need to get on the road. Now, you can pick up your device and run out the door without a care. To make matters better, it runs Android 4.2, the best of Android’s OS at the moment (that is, until Android 5.0, or “Key Lime Pie,” dominates the Android scene this year!).
The largest disappointment to date has been that the Nexus 4, one of the most coveted phones of the late 2012 season, has been unavailable at the Google Play Store for some weeks now. The first days the Nexus 4 went on sale, supplies were quickly depleted. I went to the Google Play Store to check for the phone three days after it entered the market, and the site said “out of stock” for both versions. Since then, Google has promised it would restock the Nexus 4; it did, only to see supplies depleted once more. At this point, we do not know when the smartphone will arrive back in the Google Play Store.
Well, do not give up; not all hope is lost. If you still want a Nexus 4 phone and have waited, now is your chance. T-Mobile will sell the coveted Android phone in its retail stores starting this month. We do not know about the phone price details; however, if T-Mobile’s recent plans to make all phones unsubsidized are correct, the phone will cost the full $299 for an 8GB and $349 for a 16GB (as it does at the Play Store), unless T-Mobile intends to lock the smartphone to its carrier and charge less up-front. The company also looks to sell the iPhone 5 (or “5S” or “6”) by the end of 2013.