Trends in the mobile industry have, as of lately, been following a perfectly normal pattern of making a good product and then improving on it with a follow-up model – a model of phone that’s different, but not different enough to “bring it to the next level”. We’ve seen it with the Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, and we may even be seeing it with the iPhone 5.  Some would even say that that Samsung should have made the Galaxy S 4 an extension of the Galaxy S III. We might think it’s silly, but it’s a method that’s proven to work as we keep voting with our wallets. Rumor has it now that our friends at LG and Google might be adopting a similar concept when it comes to their Nexus 4.

Google I/O is quickly approaching in just under a month on May 15-17, and with a conference as big as this there’s always speculation swimming around. We’re eagerly awaiting the rumored announcements of the Motorola “X” phone (does anybody else feel like we’ve been waiting on that one since forever?) and possibly even a Nexus 5. However, the Nexus 5 rumors have gone from being on that “next level” of the Nexus line to possibly being that “in between” level in the form of an improved Google Nexus 4 according to several tech websites, featuring LTE capabilities and more storage space (32GB). It’s not that far-fetched of an idea given that Google is also rumored to announce implementation of LTE with the Nexus 7 at the same event.

My question now is, if it comes down to it, is this really the right move for the Nexus line?

The iPhone “S” movement started out well and fine. People liked seeing the improvements that one phone made from the previous, but as iOS grew more stale in our eyes so did the “S” phones that followed the originals. Upon hearing that the Nexus 4 was planning on making a similar move, I had to wonder what kind of reaction this would bring from the community.

There are plenty of people who would be interested in a Nexus 4 with LTE capabilities. The lack of LTE and the small amount of storage were the two main things holding the Nexus 4 back from being that “be all” smartphone we all hoped for. Stock Android, fast data, and surplus storage make the perfect trifecta for a model Android device. The processor is great, the camera is on par, and the battery life is far from awful. Bundle all that together with a more than reasonable price point and you’re getting a lot more bang for your buck than you would from anywhere else. There’s nothing wrong with that.

It’s also rumored that Android Key Lime Pie will be released during the same event, so if a new Nexus 4 were to rollout with Key Lime Pie, LTE, and greater storage capacity that only sweetens the deal for many.

Would an improved Nexus 4 be a bad idea at this point in time? Personally I don’t think so. The problem that Apple ran in to is that they kept fixing their phones in the form of an "S" device, and let’s not forget that so far they have only ever release one phone per year so the “fixed” models seemed to drag out a lot longer than they needed to. The Nexus 4 only came out last November, so if they do announce an upgraded version it’s only been 6 months before they announced a fixed version. I think as long as Google doesn’t release an improved Nexus 4 now and then a Nexus 5 that’s nearly identical (given some added height) next year they’re going to be alright in the end. I think people will still embrace this "fix" if it turns out that a Nexus 5 is not part of the lineup just yet.

We will soon find out the truth in the coming weeks, but until then readers: What would you rather see from Google I/O? Would you rather have a completely new Nexus, or do you think that a revamped Nexus 4 is sufficient enough? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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BG Michael
BG Michael LOL
Facebook user
Facebook user although all this phone really needs is expandable memory better battery and LTE
Facebook user
Facebook user that would be kind of dumb
Mario Í Tinsley
Mario Í Tinsley PhoneDog, I need to know if the LG Optimus F7 will be coming to Boost Mobile soon, if so when? Please tell me all you know about this deal. Thank you
Magnus Larsson
Magnus Larsson Google is smarter then that.
Cj Espiritu
Cj Espiritu I would buy it if they made a sd card slot and removable battery
Danish Sohail
Danish Sohail too fragile for me
Niall Barr
Niall Barr I would buy it
Adam Smith
Adam Smith It will still fail with sd.
Adam Smith
Adam Smith Nexus 4 is the worst phone ever made. HAHA Even the samsung galaxy s2 is better.
Sairam Ganesh
Sairam Ganesh Nexus 4 is a great device! a small increment is always welcome but please don't delay the nexus 5 ! :)
Louis Bank
Louis Bank Still a shitty product.
Kakha Driashvili
Kakha Driashvili It's a good idea, but before that I'd love to have just nexus 4 )
Tony Chun
Tony Chun Running out of ideas and squeezing the end consumer for minor upgrades? Weak. Put a snapdragon 600/800 with a better camera and more storage space. Up the ante Google. Don't sit on your ass like Apple!
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes No thx, like the galaxy nexus numero dos, wouldn't be a phone I'd want to fight for.
Qi Ren
Qi Ren @Donnie, you just went full retard, never go full retard. Don't act like you know about everything. There are tons of people on this planet with an Apple ID that doesn't have a credit card.
Daniel Onofre
Daniel Onofre If apple can do it why can't google?
Ayman Wehbi
Ayman Wehbi i little shocked , but im not gonna upgrade this year
Donnie Ross Oneill
Donnie Ross Oneill No no no what apple needs to do is fuckoff!!!!! I mean seriously you have to input your credit card number just to get free apps lmao
Donnie Ross Oneill
Donnie Ross Oneill Love the galaxy nexus 3 rooted with vicious jellybean mod and with the WiFi kill app I eliminate any interference that gets in my way
Gilbert King
Gilbert King Apple needs to do the same thing and make user replaceable batteries. :)
Tim Gall
Tim Gall For those saying sd card that will never happen again in a high end android device. The s4 is the last of its kind
David Smith
David Smith Devon calm down dude we know Apple is doing all kinds of innovation. Not! :-)
Josh Nthecity
Josh Nthecity It's too late.
Devin Martinez
Devin Martinez So when apple does it their crapple but if Google does it it's a innovative break through. Fucking zombies
Glenn Thielman
Glenn Thielman If it's not made by LG and comes to Belgium then yeah!!
Fabian Toti
Fabian Toti not a good name ...
Donald Hixson
Donald Hixson They just need to put an SD card slot and LTE support. And have the option to buy a CDMA or GSM version. Just to have the carrier variety. I have one, good phone really. Looking forward to Key Lime Pie. Only thing I'd like is a better keyboard. And better coverage. But you can't fix T-Mobile lol
Juwon Donte
Juwon Donte Nexus 4 is already a beast
Rafael Almonte
Rafael Almonte It would suck!
Jamille Browne
Jamille Browne Incredibly disappointed is the feeling that comes to mind because I buy every year I don't wait 2 years for an upgrade
Matt Peters
Matt Peters Might as well. The actually hardware is fairly nice. Fix some of the HSPA connectivity issues, add SD storage capability and we're good. The battery life is phenomenal and the performance is great.
Duard Cabral
Duard Cabral in awe...
Shannon Manns
Shannon Manns I wish that it would come to Verizon.
Tuan Vu
Tuan Vu I wouldn't mind seeing a new nexus phone, just as long as theirs more than 16 GB of internal storage or at least a Micro SD card slot.
Tim Moore
Tim Moore When was the last time they unveiled new Nexus phone at this event? Oh that's right never. So why do people keep brining this up? The Nexus 5 is probably 4th quarter. New tablet would be more likely.
Andrew Bissel
Andrew Bissel I'd be fine with it. I honestly expect a new nexus 7. That needs a refresh. I'd also be a bit pissed if a new nexus phone was introduced. Its only 6 months into the nexus 4 and I just bought mine too.
Jacob Gladfelter
Jacob Gladfelter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O1hM-k3aUY
Matt Penner
Matt Penner We still don't know if the GS4 was a good, or a bad business move.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis A nexus 4s..lmao
Ken Rowe
Ken Rowe Ho Hum. And what? Magic happens? yawn.
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski But it worked for the s4.
Devin Vosburgh
Devin Vosburgh Makes no sense since so many nexus owners will buy a new one. But really...unless it gets released with a key lime then why waste their time.
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski the only lg device i want to see is a webos based one.
Moiz Ahmed
Moiz Ahmed Yea I guess but u gotta admit they have style
Ernest Marvin Esteban
Ernest Marvin Esteban Happy of course
Bobby OReilly
Bobby OReilly I wouldn't mind because it's dirt cheap. Compared to other phones with no contract.
Moiz Ahmed
Moiz Ahmed Lol
Brandon Vaughn
Brandon Vaughn Apple will sue. Lol
Moiz Ahmed
Moiz Ahmed As long as its by Samsung Mobile with Android 5.0 key lime pie.
Jeremy Carter
Jeremy Carter It needs an sd card slot then I would buy one
Dounutz Sesar
Dounutz Sesar If its lte+sd card take my money already
Joey Drew Bucek
Joey Drew Bucek Dont mattar, the current one is already boss
Wayne Ng
Wayne Ng Booo! I'm waiting to see what they announce before my next phone.
Justin Tardogno
Justin Tardogno Don't you mean, "How would you feel if Google pulled an Apple?" Cuz that is EXACTLY what that would be.
Roger Schubert DeOliveira
Roger Schubert DeOliveira Is it only my nexus4 that when you hit the button on the side to turn the screen on, you CANT put in your lock code to unlock it? it wont register your touches ad when it does its really delayed? but if you click it off then on again it works fine?
Sean Jensen
Sean Jensen Nexus 4S? Really?
Matt Penner
Matt Penner I would hunt them down, seal their bodies in carbonite, and display them at CES as a warning.
K.j. Littlejohn
K.j. Littlejohn I'm ready for a HTC nexus now
Vlad Valentine McBride
Vlad Valentine McBride I would still never get another android lol
Hend Farid
Hend Farid BAD and they have to leave LG too, return to HTC or Samsung
Justin Alan Smith
Justin Alan Smith Just put in a SD card slot and bam! Look at them sales skyrocket!
Sloan Karri
Sloan Karri Thatd be stupid.
David Smith
David Smith bad business moves
David Smith
David Smith if it aint a new nexus just improve the one we got, software wise, not a damn nex4 with a lte modem,

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