Just a few days after LG claimed that there weren’t any Nexus 4 supply issues, the company is talking again and this time we finally have a clear sense of what’s going on with the Nexus 4. Problem is, it’s looking like the supply issues that are affecting the Nexus 4 and have kept it out of the Google Play Store, may not be resolved until the middle of next month.
Since December, the Nexus 4 has been sold out, completely, through the Google Play Store leaving customers who want the unlocked version of the device to find it through third-party vendors. And since then, LG and Google have traded public barbs about who is responsible for the supply issues, culminating in LG’s recent statements which suggested that there wasn’t a supply issue at all, a comment that seemed to be a subtle dig at Google.
Today though, LG is trying to clear things up. In comments made to French publication Challenges.fr, courtesy of Android Central, LG France’s director of Mobile, Cathy Robin, says that the supply issues that are affecting the Nexus 4 are not LG’s problem alone and that Google placed orders based on how the previous Nexus models sold. It appears that whatever Google ordered was far too low given how scarce the Nexus 4 is. Despite this, Robin says the company’s relationship with Google remains good.
Robin also says that rumors of LG stopping or slowing down production of the Nexus 4 are false, as expected. Instead, Robin says that LG will be increasing production, something that we heard might be the case, and that come mid-February there shouldn’t be any more pressure on the market as far as the Nexus 4 is concerned. She didn’t elaborate.
However, it could definitely mean that that’s when the Nexus 4 will return to stock, after LG and Google have gotten current orders out to those that are were fortunate enough to place orders when the device was on sale.
That being said, it looks like those who are interested in picking one up are going to have to continue to wait for the Nexus 4 to return to stock with no specific return date in sight. February also appears to be the month that the Wireless Charging Orb, an accessory announced alongside the Nexus 4 in November, will also arrive in stock for the first time.
The Nexus 4 is Google’s current Nexus device, replacing the Galaxy Nexus in November, and it combines high-end hardware and current software with a fantastic price for an unlocked smartphone.