We’ve heard rumors about a white Nexus 4 since January, when we first saw leaked images of the device. The latest rumor had placed the white LG Nexus 4 for a release on June 10 with Android 4.3 in tow. Now, the white Nexus 4 has finally officially arrived, but neither it nor LG’s quite announcement brought any interesting new features.
Instead, LG has simply issued a press release confirming the release of a white Nexus 4 with Google. The device will be the exact same Nexus 4 that we already have, from the 4.7-inch IPS display to the Snapdragon S4. Nothing but the color of the device’s casing has changed, and even then the front portion of the device is still black, a decision that I don’t quite understand. Perhaps the front of the device was kept black so that the software navigation keys would blend in, but other than that I see no reason not to make the color consistent.
Most disappointingly, this white Nexus 4 does not come with the rumored Android 4.3 that we were expecting to see back at Google I/O. This cosmetically refreshed version of the Nexus 4 has the same Android 4.2 that has been out for quite some time.
However, there is still a little bit of room for hope. LG’s announcement says that the white Nexus 4 will be released first in Hong Kong tomorrow, but won’t make it to North America and other places for “several weeks.” Just maybe, this means that Google will have the chance to make some sort of announcement before the white Nexus 4 goes on sale in the Play Store, when they could possibly talk about Android 4.3.
Of course, as time goes on I’m getting less and less hopeful about Android 4.3 coming in the near future, and have pretty much given up on a new Nexus 7 to go along with it. This does mean that I can be happy with my plain old original Nexus 4 for a while longer, but it will be exciting when Google finally does release a new Android version and new hardware.