The Nexus 4 bumper case has made its triumphant return to the Google Play Store today, just a day after the accessory was deemed to no longer be available for sale. And while its return is certainly welcomed by Nexus 4 owners looking to protect their device, it’s unclear just how long the device will stay in stock or available for that matter.
After several weeks of unavailability, the Nexus 4 bumper finally made its return to the Google Play Store earlier this week. Its availability did not last however as the accessory quickly became unavailable once again. However, instead of listing it as Out of Stock, it was listed as no longer being available for sale. That language had previously been used with the Nexus Q, a device that was announced at Google I/O but was swiftly cancelled with that language attached.
Today however, just a day after it looked like the Nexus 4 bumper case was doomed, it has reemerged on the Google Play Store, listed as in stock with a delivery time of three to five business days meaning consumers who order today can get the accessory as early as next week.
Google, despite the perceived supply issues, is also allowing customers to purchase up to five bumper cases at a time.
And while it’s fantastic that the accessory has returned, it’s unclear just how long it might stay in stock. One, it has been perpetually sold out through Google Play. In fact, this week has been the first time that it’s been available in a number of weeks. So it’s entirely possible that the company will sell out again.
In addition, the language from yesterday caused concern given that it was used for the Nexus Q and the dark gray Nexus 7 cover that is no longer available on the Google Play Store and has disappeared from view.
Nexus 4 owners are certainly hopeful that the bumper case stays in stock, but as with all items in the Google Play Store, it could certainly vanish once again without warning in the near future.
This is a case that is necessary to Nexus 4 owners as it 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.