It appears that a fresh new wave of Nexus 4 orders have shipped out today, a great sign for those who ordered the new Nexus smartphone, and a sign that Google and LG might be making progress in ironing out their supply issues that have plagued the device since November.
According to Android Central, it seems a new batch of Nexus 4 orders has started to ship out to customers who ordered the device when it was available through Google’s Play Store.
Some owners, who ordered as far back as November 30th, are evidently receiving shipping information today, just before the the New Years holiday. Google uses two day shipping so while it’s possible that some orders may arrive tomorrow ahead of the new year, it could be that many of them don’t arrive until Wednesday of next week. Others who ordered the Nexus 4, and specifically those in the early part of December, are saying that they have not received any sort of shipment indication from Google.
So while this isn’t a clear indication that more stock of the Nexus 4 is on the way, it does seem like it could be a bit of progress in regards to the Nexus 4’s inevitable return to the Google Play Store.
Since the end of November, the Nexus 4 has been dealing with shipping issues that at first, pushed its shipping dates all the way into 2013. Shortly after that, the Nexus 4 8GB sold out completely and several weeks later, the 16GB Nexus 4 model followed suit. As it stands, the device is currently unavailable through Google’s website leaving third-party websites like eBay and Craigslist as the only places where customers can find it for sale.
Those websites though offer prices that are far more expensive than the ones that are being offered through Google’s website, making the Google Play Store the place that most people have ordered from.
And until Google and LG can figure out the supply issues, issues that the companies have seemingly blamed on each other, these will be the only places that buyers will be able to find the unlocked Nexus 4.