Earlier today, Google promised that the Nexus 4 smartphone would go up for sale once again at Noon PST and it seems that it did, for all of two minutes.
Google announced that its Nexus 4 smartphone, which sold out on its first day of availability on November 13th, would be going up for sale once again today in the U.S. Google Play Store at the stroke of Noon on the west coast. It appears though that customers are running into familiar issues with Google’s website as the site is once again telling several different stories.
When Noon came around, the device was immediately listed as sold out for many users. Many users, including myself, saw that the 8GB and 16GB listed as sold out at Noon. We’ve heard from others who were able to add the devices to their cart only to be met with errors when processing. When attempting to add it to the cart, I too was greeted with an error message. Similar errors emerged when the Nexus 4 went on sale earlier this month leaving many without an order.
Refreshing in the browser, something that worked last time around for many users, displayed two different scenarios. Google’s Play Store showed both the 8GB and 16GB models as being sold out when first landing on the website. After refreshing, the site offered different information with the 16GB model being listed as shipping out in 1-2 weeks. The 8GB had been flickering between sold out and shipping out in 4-5 weeks.
The site, as of right now, is still flickering between the sold out sign and a note about upcoming availability. The site lists the 8GB as arriving in 4-5 weeks, as we pointed out, while the 16GB is listed as shipping out in 1-2 weeks for those who order now.
It’s unclear if Google’s site actually is supposed to show “Sold Out” and not actually accept orders at this point. Google tells us that the device is not sold out yet and is still live in the store and shipping within different time frames. It also informs us that there are a lot of errors due to high traffic volume and that those who are experiencing errors should keep trying.
We’ll update when we receive more information.