#nexus 4

I made one cup of coffee this morning and it too promptly sold out. If you don’t give actual numbers, calling a sell out doesn’t actually matter. It matters for Apple only because they always give numbers. No one else seems to.

That’s not to say that Nexus 4 isn’t selling fast — in the U.K., where LTE is just starting to roll-out, a non-LTE phone should find easier success — it’s just to say that we don’t and probably won’t actually know that. Actual numbers are what matter here.

Chris Ziegler, writing in The Verge Forums:

And let me not overlook that last point. The LTE situation on the Nexus 4 has been discussed to death, and I don’t want to belabor it again here. But let’s be clear: this was a cowardly move on Google’s part. Producing an unlocked HSPA device isn’t hard anymore. With the Nexus 4, Google isn’t “making a statement,” rocking the impenetrable boat that is the US wireless industry, or putting anyone on notice. They took the easy way out, and wireless consumers — as usual — bear the brunt of the politicking.

Yup. In interviews like this one, Google sounds so proud of itself for the Nexus 4. It’s a joke. Thanks so much for the shit sandwich you’re feeding us, Google. May we have another?

This is a much more important article than it may appear on the surface. It shows exactly why it was such a mistake for Google to capitulate to the carriers. They made the proverbial deal with the devil, trading control of their destiny for traction. Too bad.

Make no mistake, when Andy Rubin tells Dieter Bohn and Nilay Patel of The Verge that “costs” and “battery life” are two major factors in the decision, it’s pure misdirection. Said another way, it’s bullshit. How do we know this? Just look at the iPhone 5. It’s rolling out on LTE networks around the world just fine with its thin design, multiple antennas, and solid battery life.

The real issue here is that Google wants to sell an unlocked LTE phone and can’t because the U.S. carriers (Verizon in particular) have them over a barrel. And why do they want to sell unlocked phones (which are more expensive since they’re not subsidized by the carriers)? Because the carriers have proven time and time again that they will not allow Google to push timely Android updates.

And yet, Apple has no problem shipping iOS updates over the same networks. Why? Because they strong-armed Verizon into the same deal they got with AT&T. They fought for the user. Google sold us out to sell some phones. Now the devil is collecting.

John Paczkowski reports that Apple will hold the “iPad Mini” event on October 23. Jim Dalrymple has already “Yep’d" it. I’ll just note that I must have a genius travel agent who booked me a return ticket from Europe back to the Bay Area on October 22…

Paczkowski:

That’s a Tuesday, not a Wednesday, so this is a bit of a break with recent tradition. It also happens to be just three days prior to the street date for Microsoft’s new Surface tablet and two days before Apple reports earnings for its latest quarter.

This is going to be the busiest week of tech we’ve seen in some time. While Paczkowski mentions the Surface, remember that it’s also the broader Windows 8 launch as well.

And if that wasn’t enough, Microsoft must also be thrilled that their Windows Phone 8 launch event is on October 29. And I believe they’re not the only ones doing something that day