As this poster speculates,
The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if it's not just a production problem that's caused the delay, but if Google is stalling to get this fixed before releasing more devices out into the wild? I question everything at point. It can't be that difficult to fix. Figure out what changed between 4.1.2 and 4.2/4.2.1 with sleep option code, and get Qualcomm to fix the WiFi driver in the N4. Either way stop trying to pin it on routers, diff the codebases, and fix it. I'm going to ping all the tech blogs about this. Google deserves all the bad press it should get about this and the way they've handled this. My data usage is through the roof because I can't use WiFi. Not to mention my N7 is barely usable since it's Wi-Fi-only. We didn't pay hundreds of dollars for bricks, but that's basically what we have at this point.
I would tend to agree; the time it has taken for Google to address this problem does not make sense. Tracking the changes between 4.1.2 and the subsequent problematic releases should have led a competent sw team to the causes of the wifi problems within days, not months. I can't imagine how even big, dysfunctional Google could have been sufficiently incompetent and indifferent to have allowed this to drag on for months. After all, the Nexus 4 is their highly-touted premier new game-changing phone product.
Perhaps this news in which LG states that they will be gearing up production of the Nexus 4 is another piece of the puzzle. How about we spin a story here:
- As soon as trouble reports started trickling in about wifi problems with the new Nexus 4, Google and LG quickly discovered that there was, in fact, a production problem that affected both the wifi and bluetooth functionality of the Nexus 4 phone.
- Google instructed their device support team to play ignorant about this. Phone support personnel were told to allow customers who complained about these problems with the Nexus 4 to return them for refund or exchange, no questions asked.
- Google devs were instructed to ignore complaints about the Nexus 4 for as long as possible, and when that was no longer possible, to stall by suggesting that the wifi problems were due to router compatibility issues.
All of the above would hopefully provide enough time for LG to fix their production problems, and then announce an end to the shortage of Nexus 4 product by "increasing production". Once the production problems had been fixed, of course.
Or, Google really is that indifferent regarding the success of their premier new product line. Or, they are just unbelievably incompetent. You decide.