LG introduces a white Nexus 4


The Nexus 10 tablet, left, and the Nexus 4 smartphone are shown at a Google announcement in San Francisco, Oct. 29, 2012. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

LG, on Tuesday, announced the release of a white version of the Nexus 4, the smartphone developed by the Korean firm with Google to show off the Android mobile operating system’s best capabilities.

The phone is, in every respect but one, identical to the Nexus 4 that the companies began selling in November 2012. But if the “you can have it in any color as long as it’s black” approach has kept you away from the Nexus 4, this may be a good time to give it a second look.

Potential buyers should note that not every part of the handset has been remade — only the back of the phone is white. The phone will roll out first in Hong Kong on May 29, and then in markets in other parts of Asia, and in North America, Europe and the Middle East over the “next several weeks,” according to LG.

The original run of the Nexus 4, which was announced at the 2012 Google I/O Developers conference, suffered from supply issues, but its solid performance has earned it a place on most tech reviewers’ lists of best smartphones on the market right now.

The phone has a 4.7-inch screen, runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a Qualcomm quad-core 1.5 GHz processor.

The phone is the ideal display case for Google mobile software, such as voice search, mapping or “Google Now” real-time personal assistant-like software, which pulls information from your Google account to provide you with updates on when you should leave for work based on your location and the traffic conditions.

Google did not announce a new phone in the Nexus line at this year’s developers conference, and LG has indicated that it’s not currently working on a follow-up to the phone.

In remarks to the Dutch site All About Phones, the vice president of LG Mobile in Europe, Won Kim, said the company isn’t working with Google and does “not need such a marketing success again.” That lead to speculation that the firm wouldn’t even be interested in working on another phone with Google.

But while there’s no current project, according to a report from the Next Web, LG would be open to working with Google again.

“What Mr. Won Kim said is that we are not currently working on a Nexus 5, which is true. But that doesn’t mean we would turn down the opportunity,” a spokesperson told the tech blog on Tuesday.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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