Never has the phrase – ‘When it’s gone it’s gone’ been more apt as literally one hour after Google’s Nexus 4, 7 and 10 devices went on sale in the U.K., stocks of the Android smartphone were completely sold out, leaving angry customers to voice their disappointment over social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The Nexus 4 smartphone, built by LG, proved to be so popular that some would-be customers were telling others that it was out of stock within half an hour of being launched on Google’s very own store on the Tuesday morning. In fact, a spokeswoman for Google confirmed this and could not even tell eager punters when more stock would be arriving: “The Nexus 4 is sold out on the Google Play store in the UK,” a Google spokeswoman told ZDNet. “We’re not sure when it will be available again.”
Built by LG, the Nexus 4 has an 8-megapixel camera, NFC capability and wireless charging. This is Google’s fourth smartphone, and it is running on the latest Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.2. And if you were hoping to buy the more expensive 16GB model, you are still out of luck as it seems that both the 8GB and the 16GB versions of the Nexus 4, which cost £239 and £279 respectively, have sold out, and it is not known when stock will be replenished. If you are desperate to get your hands on one, there are a couple of alternatives to buying via the Google Play Store. O2 stores, who have exclusive rights to stock the phone do have some still in stock, so long as you sign up to a contract worth over £36 a month. Also, you should check out mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, who is currently offering the Nexus 4 on plans from O2, Vodafone and Three, with a free handset on tariffs over £31 a month.And if you were after the Nexus 4 handset for a Christmas present, and really are keen to get one, listings of the smartphone have already appeared on Ebay, selling for much inflated costs than if you bought them direct from Google.
Tuesday also saw the release of the Google Nexus 10 on the UK Google Play store, and a quick look on Google’s Play store indicates that this tablet is also out of stock, for both the 16GB model and the 32GB version. The Google Nexus 10 comes with an A15 processor, a 10-inch display and the highest screen resolution of any tablet on the market and a source reports that sales have been unprecedented.
So if you are after the latest Google Nexus 4, you have three choices, either wait for new stock to arrive on Google’s Play store, buy on contract from an O2 or Carphone Warehouse store, or check out who is selling them on ebay.