LG, or possibly Motorola, is working on a Nexus 4 2nd generation refresh, according to rumors from SidhTech, which reports that Verizon Wireless is expected to get the upgraded Nexus 4 with LTE and CDMA support and 32GB of internal memory. Normally, we would consider this kind of rumor fairly dubious, but earlier we heard reports that Motorola is working on an unknown Nexus device, potentially the Nexus 5, Nexus 4 2 upgrade or a Nexus phablet. We also heard reports that Asus might be producing the Nexus 10 2nd generation refresh rather than Samsung.
A Nexus 4 2 upgrade was speculated about when word came out that Motorola was working on a Nexus device from Taylor Wimberly who said, "Motorola will release a Nexus smartphone in Q4 (that is not the Moto X [Google Play Edition])." Phandroid speculated, "As some of you in the comments have pointed out, it's entirely possible Google could be planning to release a revised Nexus 4 (ala the Nexus 7 2013), which would leave the door wide open for a 5-inch Nexus 5 from LG. Again, your guess is as good as anyone else's as there is literally no hard evidence, but it's fun to play along, isn't it"
To get hard evidence about the Nexus 4 2nd generation, we spoke to a T-Mobile rep asking him about the LG G2 and the possibility of a Nexus 5. Unprompted he told us that a Nexus 4 upgrade was coming out with LTE. We asked him to clarify that this would be a Nexus 4 upgrade and he confirmed that it was a Nexus 4 refresh that was coming soon, not a Nexus 5. The fact that Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie has been spotted running on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 might lend credence to these rumor:
The build versions of Gingerbread started with G, and latest updates like Android 4.3 Jelly Bean started with J (like JWR66V and JSS15J) latest information has revealed a set of devices running Android version KRS36B, with the K being the important part here. This is the next version of Android, which is rumored to bring some major design overhauls into our world.
We are starting to see signs that Google is not inclined to release entirely new Nexus products, instead it seems content to have upgrades, as with the Nexus 7 2 and upcoming Nexus 10 2. A Nexus 4 2 would complete the upgrades for the Nexus line, allowing for a modest price increase to give consumers what they want. One of the more criticized aspects of the Nexus 4 was the lack of LTE, closely followed by the inability to expand the internal memory with a microSD card. A small upgrade that offered LTE and boosted internal memory, possibly with some other small improvements would be a popular change to the Nexus 4.We likely won't see any changes to the processor, the screen might get an upgrade with a thinner bezel.
If these Nexus 4 2 specs and rumors prove to be accurate we might expect a release date of September or October along with the Nexus 10 2. Naturally these will be the first devices to get the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie upgrade.
Are you excited about the Nexus 4 2nd generation specs?