Google is still keeping its plans for new Nexus hardware close to its chest, having concentrated on helping Samsung launch its Galaxy S4 Google Edition device during the I/O event yesterday, but images of a white Nexus 4 handset have leaked courtesy of Android and Me. The handset, which the site obtained during the Google I/O conference, is reportedly an exact copy of the existing black Nexus 4 but in a white finish – complete with the glass-protected shimmering back plate.
Internally, the handset is thought to be identical to the existing Nexus 4 model – meaning it may not include support for Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G networks – but Google will apparently launch the white Nexus 4 alongside an updated version of its Android operating system dubbed Android 4.3. Originally expected to be unveiled at the I/O event, Android 4.3 now looks to be scheduled for release on the 10th of June as a free upgrade for existing Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners as well as coming pre-installed on the white Nexus 4 handsets.
Little is known about Google’s plans for Android 4.3, but it has been suggested that the update will include support for a new Bluetooth radio feature dubbed Bluetooth Smart. Already found in the latest versions of Apple’s iOS, Microsoft’s Windows Phone and BlackBerry’s operating system, Bluetooth Smart is designed to connect smartphones and tablets to low-power accessories like wireless smart pens and heart rate monitors – and, most likely, will form a central part of Google’s upcoming smartwatch product.
Google, for its part, has refused to comment on the existence of the white Nexus 4 or Android 4.3, but with a release date of the 10th of June rapidly approaching Android fans shouldn’t have long to wait to see if the leak is accurate.