The LG Nexus 4, the latest Google Nexus smartphone, released just three days ago but was sold out in hours. Although most of us expected that this phone would be a big hit it seems nobody could have predicted just how successful it would be. Yesterday we told how stocks through the Google Play Store were still sold out with no option even to order at present. Today we have learned that disappointingly, some people who placed an order and thought their Nexus 4 would be delivered any day, are now facing a delay of up to three weeks.
The LG Nexus 4 has a quad-core processor, 4.7-inch True HD IPS display with resolution of 1280 x 768 and launched running the very latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. Add to that the fact that it is exceptionally competitively priced at only $299 or $349 unlocked through Google Play and it seems the phone has almost been a victim of its own success with orders so overwhelming that Google just cannot cope.
Yesterday we discussed the fact that many people felt let down when they were unable to order the Nexus 4 successfully on the first day and still haven’t been able to place an order. We noted that on Google Play the phone is still listed as sold out with a message merely saying to check back soon and not even allowing potential customers to order the phone with a future shipping date. We received comments from readers to say how disappointing this was but it appears that today plenty more who thought they’d ordered successfully will also be feeling disappointed.
The latest news as reported by Engadget is that some who managed to get their orders in early and thought it was on its way to them are now receiving emails from Google Play to say the phone is on backorder and it may be up to three weeks until their orders are shipped. This is a real blow for those expecting to get their hands on their shiny new Nexus 4’s in the next day or so. In recognition of this Google also says that affected customers will receive notification when shipping does take place and a credit for shipping charges. As well as this, Google has also provided a convenient link for those who want to cancel their orders altogether.
It’s a real shame that Google is struggling with supplies of this flagship device and in our previous post we hoped that stocks would be replenished soon and that plenty of fresh supplies would be available ahead of Christmas. However with a three-week wait until some of the first wave of orders arrives it seems as though the chances of plenty of stock available for the holiday season look bleak. We’d really like to hear from readers about this.
Were you disappointed that you couldn’t even place your order for the Nexus 4 yet? Maybe you’re one of those who thought they’d successfully ordered the Nexus 4 and have received one of the Google emails about it being backordered? Let us know with your comments.