There’s some rather disappointing news today for our readership in India as despite the fact that India is now listed as a supported country for Google Nexus devices, there is still no news on an official release of the Nexus 4 smartphone in the country. We know from comments to our previous posts on this that plenty of customers in India are eagerly waiting for the official launch of the phone there but alas, Google says it has nothing to announce yet.
It was way back in December that we first thought that the Nexus 4 would officially launch in India very soon. However the wait went on and then in February we posted about the Nexus 4 for India again as it looked as though it could officially launch there by February 28. Online retailer Saholic had at one time listed January 15 for availability of the 16GB Nexus 4 in India and this date had come and gone and then been replaced with February 28. Of course that date also came and went and one of our readers commented that it had now been replaced with March 15. However although that date is now only days away it’s not looking good as we’ve just checked again and the date has been removed simply to be replaced with the dreaded ‘coming soon.’
Although it has been possible to purchase the Nexus 4 in India through other online sources before the official launch, the prices have been much more expensive than we expect once the phone is official and so we have advised readers to wait for the official launch. However as the wait continues you can hardly blame Indian consumers for feeling let down, especially as we have now heard that Google’s Nexus microsite has just added India as a supported country in a drop-down list.
This list shows all of the countries where Nexus devices such as the Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 7 and 10 tablets are officially supported and India has not appeared on the list before. This got us pretty excited at first but it was soon pointed out that using the “Shop Now” button for the Nexus 4 merely showed a message saying the phone is not yet available for that country. When Google was questioned about this apparent anomaly a statement was issued saying, “we have nothing to announce at this time.”
This was certainly not what consumers in India were hoping to hear and it would have been nice if Google had at least been able to assure customers in the country that the Nexus 4 would officially launch there soon. We’d really like to hear what readers in India have to say about this. Do you feel frustrated that the launch of the Nexus 4 there doesn’t seem to be a priority for Google, even after all this time? Maybe you’re still hoping that an official release will come to India very shortly? Let us know by sending your comments.