Once again I've been following rumors way too closely lately, and I’ve been watching them like a hawk regarding which, if any, new Nexus we will see revealed at Google I/O this week. The Nexus 4 was just announced last October and released during November, so doesn’t May seem a little early to release a new Nexus? Yes and no, and it really depends on how they go about it.

It makes sense to release a new Nexus 4, given the backlash that Google and LG received after discovering that the Nexus 4 didn’t include LTE – even Apple finally included LTE in their iPhone release during that same time, so you know you’re behind at that point. (I’m kidding… sort of.) The device didn’t really display anything extra special other than knowing you’ll have the latest software updates and a nice quad-core processor. There was no microSD card, the internal memory was minimal, and it only came out on GSM networks. However, for a price point starting at $299 you can’t really complain about it once you factor in that it’s still a lot of phone for such a cheap price tag.

All the Nexus 4 needs is a small makeover. Make it available to CDMA networks, give it LTE (we all know it’s capable of it anyway) maybe give it a boost of internal memory and bam! Super phone.

I mentioned in a previous article that I thought a “Nexus 4S”, for lack of better term, wasn’t a bad idea. But I do think that that releasing a Nexus 5 right now is. It’s too soon, and since the Nexus line is so big in the Android (and smartphone) community I fear that it would be setting the bar even higher to push new technology out even faster than it already is. It’s bad enough that my iPhone, only one of which gets released each year, already seems to move slower than molasses after only having it for a year and a half. And yes, I use the term “already” because $200 is a lot of money to me – I am not made of the stuff, and if I could keep my phone running as smooth as it did when I first got it for the length of my contract I would be so happy. But that is not the case, and if nothing else I would just like to make sure that my next phone doesn’t feel that slow mere months after purchasing it.

I’m not a big fan of “fixed” versions of phones. I’ve mentioned this before when talking about Apple iPhones. They make it seem like they’re making this fantastic new product when really it’s a few tweaks in the same shell – that’s fine if it happens once, but when it becomes a habit you’re going to have a lot of people drop off the wagon. The iPhone 5, although doing well, isn’t doing as well as other devices. Honestly, it probably has little to do with the fact that people find iOS boring and unimaginative. It’s more likely they’re waiting for that “fixed” version that comes out a year later, but I digress. Since this is the first time I’ve ever heard of a Nexus device (possibly) doing this it’s not that big of a deal. In fact, I kind of encourage it because this device really does need the changes the rumors have been throwing around.

But the Nexus 4 doesn’t need so much change that it becomes the Nexus 5. I would just find it unnecessary at this point. The Nexus 4 has the potential to be a perfectly competitive device; it just needs some tweaking. But I still fear that the rumors of a Nexus 5 may still be a threat and that the rest of the industry will feel the need to push out more products more quickly – and we all know Samsung doesn’t need another reason to make even more phones, because they’ll do it.

Readers, how do you feel about the upcoming Google I/O and the devices that we might see? Would you rather see a new Nexus 4 or a Nexus 5 at the event? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Cj Espiritu
Cj Espiritu Samsung galaxy nexus 5 with exynos octa processor
Jozef Sakac
Jozef Sakac Nexus 4 Pro
Luis Arturo Batista Aquino
Luis Arturo Batista Aquino i would like to yes!
Jonathan Garisto
Jonathan Garisto I will take a new Nexus 4 update so I can buy it. :D
Kyle Cordiano
Kyle Cordiano That would be sick.
Tommy Snyder
Tommy Snyder agree...i want the new nexus 7 to mount as my new headunit :)
Vikas Nanda
Vikas Nanda Nexus 5 please and make it sexy
Luis Robles Figueroa
Luis Robles Figueroa Nexus 5 or whatever they are going to call it b
Jamille Browne
Jamille Browne Google hasn't given the ability to swap out storage since the N1 don't count on it nor hope for it they did away with it because its causes lag and penta band HSPA+? Theres really only 2 carriers that utilize HSPA+ thats AT&T and T-mobile last I checked N4 has capability to use either network. Though I do agree on the LTE front thats all thats missing.
Rob Watkins
Rob Watkins Nexus 5.
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes Moto nexus
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes Nexus 5
Arturo Atherly
Arturo Atherly I would like to see a Nexus that replaces mine as a trade in....for a small fee ofcourse
Andres Barroeta
Andres Barroeta Nexus 4 screen is sucks
Andres Barroeta
Andres Barroeta Nexus 5 with big battery
Curtis M. Cook
Curtis M. Cook Personally I'd like 2C a 4.5" or 4.4" Nexus 4 & a 5" or 5.5" Nexus 5. They should make two screen sizes like they do with the Nexus tablets.
Alvaro Padilla
Alvaro Padilla Samsung should make it, better processor, camera, battery, display and yea
Mauka Side
Mauka Side Release the hounds!
????????? ?????
????????? ????? oh , please , do release .... getting bored from my galaxy nexus already :)
Kyle Cordiano
Kyle Cordiano Neither. Let the Nexus 4 ride out its glory and prepare for the Nexus 5 in the Fall. I want a new Nexus 7 model.
CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels 1080p and please FFS slap in an SD Card slot with Penta Band HSPA+ and Penta Penta Band LTE
Nay VW
Nay VW maybe in the big cities where there's a tower on every corner they work well. just not in my area.
CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels Can i buy POT from you? You seem to be smokin some premium hash there. You seem to be too high to remeber at Launch there was a 4 to 6 week wait period for for the NEXUS 4 because LG could not keep up with production demands(too many orders too fast) and people opted to buy the Phone $550(at Tmo stores) instead of $300(from Google Play) rather than wait as long as 6 weeks to get their Nexus 4 and Tmo stores still ran out of stock.
Jerome Ejiama II
Jerome Ejiama II HTC Nexus 5 32gb, Snapdragon 800, 5 inch 1080p display, Boomsound, 8 Ultrapixel Camera, 2.1mp front facing, Beats, and Key Lime Pie
Reese Woodson
Reese Woodson Nexus 5 of course........
BG Michael
BG Michael http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/466493/20130510/google-focus-lg-nexus-5-release-date.htm#.UY_LEZj6ejg
Ian Baylon
Ian Baylon I'm thinking about getting the Nexus 4 but if the next Nexus is out by summer and if it has better specs than Nexus 4 I'm getting it
Sean Reece
Sean Reece I had a galaxy nexus and the nexus 4 the nexus 4 was pretty much the galaxy nexus I now have the HTC one unless they make major changes I won't be buying the nexus 5 just not many changes between the galaxy nexus and nexus 4
Nay VW
Nay VW In our area LG makes the least reception phone we sell. and in our area, reception is paramont.
Nay VW
Nay VW wow little on the hostile side there mark. we've sent most of our nexus' back in for repair for warranty, and the reception is not so good in our area. why would that make our store suck? wouldn't that make the product suck?
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Nexus phones have yet 2 interest me.
Enes Nadir Çomoglu
Enes Nadir Çomoglu If they release a Nexus 5 with a 5" screen, I don't think I'll be going for it.. 4.7 is the farthest I'm willing to go.
Dietrich Brown
Dietrich Brown Nexus 5
Mark Schroeder
Mark Schroeder Hmmm I see Nexus 4's everywhere Nay and whenever I go to my T-Mobile store it's all they seem to sell. So maybe your store sucks?
Raúl Colón-Scarano
Raúl Colón-Scarano They won't. They never do. The pattern clearly shows an announcement at the beginning of fall for a late fall release. Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus 4 have all done the same.
Dennis Heggenstaller
Dennis Heggenstaller Nexus Garbage
Raúl Colón-Scarano
Raúl Colón-Scarano I like how this guy
Rangga Hermawan
Rangga Hermawan 5
Enes Nadir Çomoglu
Enes Nadir Çomoglu An updated, white Nexus 4. 1080p screen, 32gb memory, updated processor, and updated camera maybe.
BG Michael
BG Michael sorry it 's LG nexus 5!!! LG still the best......
Dustin Halnez
Dustin Halnez Why not LG?
Magnus Larsson
Magnus Larsson What is wrong with LG?
Nay VW
Nay VW They could never make another nexus as far as i'm concerned. The ones we have sold have been unsatisfactory. We try everything we can not to sell them, and in fact, we offer them BOGO and still can't sell them. They do not have good reception in our area.
Jose Guerrero
Jose Guerrero Nexus 5
Steven Berger
Steven Berger Something that will include Verizon, but will be priced from Google, like they did with the Nexus 4
Amer Ahmed
Amer Ahmed Nexus 5, and hopefully not by LG
Nick Chimento
Nick Chimento Nexus 4S

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