There has been a hotbed of activity at the Google Play Store today, first with Google tagging the Nexus 4 8GB with a specific ship by date for the first time and now, with the Nexus 4 bumper case again vanishing from the Google Play Store, just a day after the device came back into stock through Google’s marketplace.
Like the Nexus 4 itself, the Nexus 4 bumper case has had some issues staying available through the Google Play Store. Yesterday, the device made its triumphant return to the Play Store after a lengthy absence. Today though, just one day after going back on sale, the Nexus 4 bumper case is once again sold out through Google and there is a chance it might never return.
Google’s website is now listing the device as sold out saying that it is “no longer available for sale”. It’s unclear just how long the accessory will stay sold out through the Play Store and given the language, it’s possible that we never see it return through Google. We saw the same language applied to the Nexus Q, which never returned, and the Nexus 7 cover has also received the same treatment.
So, it could be that Nexus 4 owners will be left buying the bumper case through third party avenues rather than through the Google Play Store. It would certainly be strange to see the accessory fade away so soon after the release of the Nexus 4 but perhaps something better or different is in the cards. Perhaps it will come back into stock. It’s not clear at this point.
The Nexus 4’s Wireless Charging Orb remains unaffected and is still listed in stock.
The Nexus 4 bumper case is the official Nexus 4 case from Google. The accessory protects the sides of the device while also offering a ledge that protects front and back of the Nexus 4. The latter is important because the Nexus 4 design uses a glass backing that is susceptible to cracking if dropped.
The case is also extremely slim and lightweight and it maintains the look of the edges making it a perfect choice for protection.
The sell out comes shortly after Google added a specific ship by date to the Nexus 4 8GB for the first time with the Google Play Store listing the device as shipping out by March 22nd, as opposed to a broad set of weeks.