Nexus 4 Launch Remains a Mess into 2013
Those looking to snag a brand new Nexus 4 with any holiday money will be unhappy to know that the Nexus 4 remains completely sold out through the Google Play Store in the United States with no relief in sight.
Read: LG Teases Nexus 4 Features in New Video.
The Nexus 4, which went on sale in the United States in mid-November, is still sold out heading into 2013 leaving holiday shoppers without a way to get the unlocked version of the device. Worse yet, the situation has not improved since the device sold out for a second time in late November.
Earlier this month, the 8GB Nexus 4 was the only model that was sold out. The 16GB model still remained available though its shipping times were well over a month. Then, the 16GB too sold out through the Google Play Store leaving shoppers in the U.S. without an affordable and reliable way of snagging the new Nexus smartphone from LG.
Thus far, Google and LG have traded barbs over who is responsible for the stock shortage but neither company has delivered the news that potential Nexus 4 customers have been waiting for: When shoppers can expect the device to come back into stock. So far, Google has refused to elaborate on when stock might return so if previous shipping times were any indication, it’s possible that we won’t see the Nexus 4 return to the Google Play Store until well into 2013.
Read: Google UK Exec Blames LG for Nexus 4 Shortages.
This probably wasn’t the holiday launch that Google and LG envisioned when they launched the Nexus 4 to overwhelming demand back in November and it certainly wasn’t what potential Nexus 4 buyers were anticipating when the new Nexus arrived. The launch unfortunately hasn’t been smooth for those who were able to get a hold of the device either as the Nexus 4’s official bumper case is, like the Nexus 4, completely sold out with no word on when it might return.
Additionally, Google still hasn’t launched the Nexus 4’s wireless charging orb which remains missing in action, even as the holiday shopping season passes by. Google has refused to comment on the wireless charging orb’s availability and likely won’t until a launch occurs.
The unlocked Nexus 4 and its bumper case are available through sites like eBay, but prices are far more expensive than what Google is charging making them an extremely unattractive option to most interested parties.
So, as we head into 2013, it’s clear that Google and LG have some major issues to work out as far as the Nexus 4 is concerned but at this point, it’s not looking like they will be solved any time soon, a shame for any potential buyers out there.
12/27/2012 at 12:04 pm
Same goes for most of their other devices i.e. samsung chromebook. Great devices but not in stock. If you really want to buy it – you must buy it from a third party and at a high markup.
12/27/2012 at 1:48 pm
Just got an email from Google that my Nexus 4 has shipped today from Dublin! Merry Christmas to me :)
12/27/2012 at 2:16 pm
Where is Dublin and how long did you have it on order
12/29/2012 at 12:03 am
12/27/2012 at 2:26 pm
Dublin is in Ireland and its for UK orders.
I ordered mine Dec5th after they came back in stock and it also shipped today :)
12/27/2012 at 2:52 pm
murray Elliot i wonder how you getting it if you ordered it DEC 5th, even duo i ordered Nov. 28th still im not getting yet
12/27/2012 at 3:37 pm
are you in the US? There certainly weren’t any UK orders that early as it only became available again for us on the 4th.
I know the US and the UK have separate stockists and of course amazing differences in the number of people ordering (NA is huuuuuge!)
12/27/2012 at 3:12 pm
Ordered mine Nov.27. Just got a notice they are charging my credit card, so I assume it is about to be shipped. Email I received about two weeks ago said I would get my nexus no later then Jan.2, 2013.
12/27/2012 at 9:38 pm
Hi Gary … what was your given waiting time at the time of ordering. I ordered on Dec 2nd and had 4-5 weeks of wait time.
12/27/2012 at 4:43 pm
Google supply chain management sucks compared to Apple. They need to improve and fast or they are going to lose us all as customers…
12/27/2012 at 8:06 pm
until I looked at the paycheck for $7906, I have faith that my neighbours mother was like realie making money part time from there new laptop.. there aunt haz done this 4 only about nineteen months and just now cleard the mortgage on their apartment and bourt a new Car. this is where I went, jump15.comCHECK IT OUT
12/28/2012 at 2:00 pm
Nancy go away!! I dont care what you earn.
01/13/2013 at 3:21 pm
01/09/2013 at 3:25 pm
Ordered mine on the night of 4 Dec (UK). Despite a shipping estimate of 4-5 weeks it arrived 28 Dec. Very impressed with it – huge improvement over my ageing and sluggish Iphone 3G.