Those lucky enough to take advantage of Nexus 6 pre-orders today are facing shipping times that currently sit at three to four weeks which means that many devices won’t ship until November, just ahead of Black Friday and the holiday shopping season. It also looks like some Nexus 6 pre-orders are delayed.
Earlier this month, Google announced a slew of new products including a Nexus 9 tablet from HTC, a Nexus 6 smartphone from Motorola and an Android 5.0 Lollipop update that’s set to arrive on them both. Google’s Nexus 9 went up for pre-order several days ago without any problems and today, consumers were expecting the same from Nexus 6 pre-orders. However, the Nexus 6 pre-orders have not gone very smoothly thus far.
When Google announced Nexus 6 pre-orders for October 29th, it did not announce a specific time. Today, the company failed to confirm a specific time leaving those interested in the new Nexus 6 scrambling when pre-orders went live just a short time ago.
Without any warning, Google put the Nexus 6 up for sale on the Google Play Store. According to many consumers, the device was in and out of stock on the Google Play Store for about five minutes before it sold out completely. The Nexus 6 remains sold out on the Google Play Store though it appears that some buyers were able to place orders with Google, orders that shed some light on what to expect from the Nexus 6 release date.
Nexus 6 buyers who were able to place orders say that their orders have been tagged with shipping times from three to four weeks. Some pre-orders suggest that orders will leave the warehouse on November 21st.
That puts shipping times into the month of November. Google will often ship orders ahead of the estimated shipping times though without a Nexus 6 release date, it’s impossible to say if that will happen. The Nexus 6 release date should arrive in November and if these shipping times are any indication, we could see it touch down in mid-to-late November.
At this point, we haven’t discovered any Nexus 6 shipping times that are any better than three to four weeks. That seems to be the standard amongst those that were able to put in an order in the Nexus 6’s fifteen minute pre-order window. Google seems to have killed off pre-orders, for now, which means that shipping times may not get any worse than that. That, of course, remains to be seen.
For now, the Nexus 6 remains unavailable and it’s not clear when the device might return. Google’s Nexus 4 fluctuated in and out of stock from November until February in 2012 while the Nexus 5 remained in stock in the months after its release. Google’s Nexus releases tend to be very unpredictable and consumers will want to keep an eye out for changes on the Google Play Store.
Google isn’t the only one staying mum. Carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon in the U.S. are expected to carry the Nexus 6 though they haven’t issued any pre-order or release date information in the days since the Nexus 6 pre-order announcement.
While the Nexus 6 went up for pre-order today in the United States, it looks like Nexus 6 pre-orders are delayed for some. Clove UK, a retailer in the United Kingdom, says that Motorola’s informed them that Nexus 6 pre-orders have been pushed into November ahead of an unknown release date. It lists November 18th as an approximate pre-order date. The UK Nexus 6 release date, like the U.S. Nexus 6 release date, remains unclear.
What’s clear is that the Nexus 6 is a popular device and a powerful one at that. Motorola’s new hardware comes with a massive Quad HD display, a high performance camera with OIS, a solid new design, a speedy processor, and Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop software. It will join the Nexus 5, Google’s 5-inch budget Nexus in the company’s fight against the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and others.
Google’s Nexus 6 will also be joined by the Nexus 9, the company’s new tablet that will be arriving in early November alongside Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 4. A release date for several of those updates is rumored for November 3rd.
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