LG shows off white Nexus 4, says it will not work on Nexus 5

By Dave LeClair
May 28, 2013
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  1. In the market for a 'pure' Android smartphone but not too fond of the standard Nexus 4? LG has some good news for you as the company has just announced that it is launching a white version of the popular handset. 

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,887   +608

    Can someone with some good Android knowledge explain to me the benefit of a 'pure' Android device? When I haven't wanted to use the software running on my phone I've just installed a new launcher.

    You get quicker Android updates and no impossible-to-uninstall useless carrier apps right... is that it? Or do pure devices come pre-rooted?
  3. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +90

    Stock Android is not only the launcher. Android is modular, every single thing is an app. The lockscreen is an app. The notification center is an app. Literally everything.

    What this mean is a stock-looking launcher simply changes how the home screen looks. Everything that stock is superior at in most ways than other skins such as Touchwiz can't be appreciated unless you have every app stock (essentialy a 'stock' OS).

    A good example of this is the expandable notifications in the notification center introduced in JB. You can reply, delete, archive, etc. email right from the notification center (this applies to other scenarios as well). Every other app is holo-fied, which means everything is consistent. The stock dialer for example is superior to pretty much any other dialer (the Sense 5 dialer from the HTC One comes really close though).

    The lockscreen shortcuts added in JB is another great stock feature. Having, say, a calculator widget at your fingertips without even unlocking the phone has helped countless times.

    But other than it being pure stock and inevitably getting updates first, it is simple leaner and faster because nothing is being added to the source code. A lot of people had trust issues about coming back to Android or going into it for the first time because they've had bad experiences or people they know had bad experiences. But Android today simply is a different story.

    But I can't really do it justice, I would do a YouTube search of Nexus 4 to really see good comparisons. And since the Nexus 4 is just 299.99, it really is a great deal.
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  4. SaharL

    SaharL Newcomer, in training

    It's come clean with no Touchwiz or Sense it's not Pre-rootem and yes you get get quicker Android updates and no useless carrier apps
  5. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,088   +724

    LG sucks at making displays. This is good news.


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