updated 02:28 pm EDT, Fri October 25, 2013
Nexus 4 apparently will remain on offer with LTE
An LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 4 has shown up for Bluetooth certification, seemingly confirming that Google will continue selling the handset even as it prepares to launch an expected follow-up in the Nexus 5. The filing is not entirely unexpected, as some had speculated that Google would keep the older Nexus version around, giving Google a more rounded smartphone lineup going forward. The search giant has not revealed anything with regard to either device, though the Nexus 5 launch is thought to be imminent.
When the 16GB model of the Nexus 4 went out of stock, Google was believed to be clearing inventory for the device. At the time, few expected that the Nexus 4 would live on past the introduction of the Nexus 5, which had already been spotted on video.
The Nexus 4 debuted last year to quick sell outs, with supply being exhausted within half an hour of its availability. One major complaint about the otherwise positively reviewed device, though, was its lack of LTE connectivity. Google at the time downplayed the issue, touting the device's low cost and fresh Android build.
With a 1280x768 display and a pixel density of 320ppi, the Nexus 4 will likely remain an attractive "mid-range" device even though it is a year old. Additionally, the older Nexus packs a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM, meaning it should be able to run Android 4.4 KitKat smoothly, as well as any other apps.
The revamped Nexus 4 could make an appearance on stage some time this year when Google decides to launch its new line of Nexus handsets. Prior to October 24, it was rumored that that date would see the introduction of a new Nexus handset. Google, though, dismissed that rumor, saying that there would be no new hardware shown off at the gathering.