The Nexus 4 8GB, which made its triumphant return to the Google Play Store and while it was initially offered with shipping times of one to two weeks, the device quickly moved to shipping times of two to three weeks. Now, the device is being shown as ‘Temporarily Out of Stock’ with no way for customers to purchase it once again.
Update: The Nexus 4 8GB is back in stock.
Last week, the Nexus 4 8GB returned to the Google Play Store alongside the Nexus 4 16GB. The devices, which had been sold out since December, both returned with shipping times of one to two weeks, much faster than the devices were advertised for just before they went completely out of stock through Google Play.
In the days after their return, the devices did some interesting things. First, rather unexpectedly, the Nexus 8GB saw its shipping times move from one to two weeks to two to three weeks. While certainly not amazing, the times were again much better than they had been in 2012. The 16GB Nexus 4 actually moved forward with the device shifting from one to two weeks to less than a week.
Shortly after that though, it too moved to two to three weeks as far as shipping times were concerned. Now though, we have the worst news yet as the Nexus 4 8GB has once again sold out of the Google Play Store, or so it seems.
Right now, the Nexus 4 8GB is being listed as ‘Temporarily Out of Stock’ with no way for customers to purchase it. This is similar to how the device looked shortly before it returned to stock at the beginning of last week so while it’s not great news, it’s not necessarily grim either.
Grim news would be a complete sell out with a red sign indicating such. Temporarily out of stock should mean that supply will return to the Google Play Store soon. After all, we know that Google was shipping Nexus 4 8GB models out faster than advertised so it could be that it makes another return in the near future.
It could be that Google is stopping sales now so that shipping times don’t get too outrageous. Remember, LG said it wouldn’t have supply issues completely under control until mid-February. In the meantime, customers can scoop up a $50 Nexus 4 from T-Mobile if waiting for an unlocked Nexus 4 doesn’t sound appetizing.
We’ve reached out to Google for comment and we’ll let you know what we hear back.