Nexus 4 outed by UK retailer, brings Jelly Bean 4.2 along for the ride

Nexus 4 outed by UK retailer, brings Jelly Bean 4.2 along for the ride

Summary: The Nexus 4 has been revealed by a major UK online mobile retailer, bringing one of the first clear pictures of Google's handset that is expected to launch officially at the end of October.


A Nexus 4 smartphone has appeared online for pre-order from a UK mobile retailer, in the latest sign of Google's next handset.

The device comes with the newest version of the Android operating system, called Jelly Bean (4.2), according to one part of the listing on Carphone Warehouse's online store, though this is contradicted elsewhere.

The Nexus phone is described as coming with a 4.7-inch (1,280x768 pixel) touchscreen display, near-field communications (NFC) technology, 2GB RAM and a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. It is just 9.1mm thick.

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On-board storage is limited to 8GB, and there is no microSD expansion slot. It has a forward-facing camera with an unspecified number of megapixels for video calling, and there is an 8-megapixel camera on the rear capable of capturing full HD images or videos.

It is unclear exactly which version of Android it will be using; while several sections of the listing state the OS as Jelly Bean 4.2, one section in the technical details gives the OS as Jelly Bean 4.1.2.

Delivery is given as beginning on 30 October, and the smartphone looks to be available on the O2 and Vodafone networks for free on contracts of £31 per month or more.

The device is rumoured to be officially introduced at a press event in New York on 29 October, the same day Windows Phone 8 launches.

The 4.2 build of Android looks like it will have the same name, Jelly Bean, as the 4.1 build, going by the listing. However, whether it will retain the name after the official introduction of the OS is not known; it is rumoured to be called Key Lime Pie.

Google had not responded to request for comment on the listing at the time of writing.

Image credit: Carphone Warehouse

Topics: Smartphones, Android, Google, Mobility, United Kingdom

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  • I think it's actually using 4.1.2

    Hence the Jellybean nomenclature. KeyLimePie is 4.2
  • No expandable storage?

    I doubt that will be the case. NO ONE will buy a phone with only 8gb of onboard storage and no expandable memory slot. least no one who knows anything about smart phones. Sure there's cloud storage and whatnot, but you can't store apps in the cloud.
    • 8GB is plenty for apps

      I think 1.2GB of my phone now is dedicated to apps. Most everything else now, I do through the cloud. I'd jump on this in an instant (especially if it'd fully subsidized).
      Justin McNair
      • But...

        Some people have single apps almost 1.2 GB. And don't forget the OS parks in that 8gb as well. I know I wouldn't want to rely on using data to access my property through a cloud when a 64gb micro-sd card is only $55.
        • I understand that

          It really just gets under my skin when people speak in hyperbole. This is a fine phone for most people. Those that download every Free App of the Day, every day, and store all their music on their phones will most likely need to look elsewhere of course.
          Justin McNair
    • But

      You can definitely store apps in the cloud. Thats what Google Drive / Google Docs is. ;)

      Though I agree with you that 8 Gb and no expandable storage is unlikely.
      Han CNX
    • 8GB has to be incorrect

      It has to be a typo that it is only 8GB. A typo on a page that doesn't even exist any more.
  • NEXT

    "On-board storage is limited to 8GB, and there is no microSD expansion slot"

    No thanks. Next!
  • Dead Link

    Someone at Google probably got wind of this and the page now appears to have been pulled (15:48 GMT).
  • Doesn't Make Sense

    "Nexus" devices are supposed to be showcases for major new versions of Android. We already have 4.1.2 rolled out as a minor update to Jelly Bean, and there was no "Nexus" specially for the 4.0.3 ICS update, so why bother for 4.1.2?

    The next "Nexus" would have to be for 4.2, or whatever the version number is for Key Lime Pie.