Nexus 4 back in Google Play Store, but for how long?

LG Nexus 4

Updated 04/02/2013

The wait might finally be over! After months of disappointment and many backstabbing between Google and LG over the shortage of the Nexus 4, it would seem that the much anticipated device is finally in stock. 

That said, the Nexus 4 has appeared intermittently in the Google Play Store since distribution shortages were announced in December, quickly selling out all existing inventories. So if you want to be the owner of one of the most elusive phones on the market, you might want to move fast!

However, recent rumours circulating have suggested that the Nexus 4 is to be released in white; if you feel like you haven't waited long enough and want to stand out from the crown yet further, the white Nexus 4 is said to be launched soon. Though it's probably best not to hold your breath...


In case you missed previous Nexus 4 news stories, check out The Battle Goes on: LG hits back at Google.

Updated 18/12/2012

The eagerly anticipated Nexus 4 has disappointed fans due to the shortage of handsets available and long waiting lists that continue to mount up.

The model, powered by Google, is set to deliver the latest apps, a sharp 4.7 inch display and a new Photo Sphere camera. However, the LG handset soon sold out of its original inventory and the waiting list for a new handset seems to be getting longer.

When I placed my order for the Nexus 4 I was alerted to a 6- 7 week delay on delivery, though when I returned to the site today, the page simply reads ‘sold out’, alluding to no clear estimate of when the phone might be back in stock.

Reports have emerged today, however, that Google is placing the blame on LG for the lack of stock available. Google’s UK Managing Director, Dan Cobley, has attempted to quell the growing number of complaints by issuing a statement on his Google+ page, saying:  “supplies from the manufacturer are scarce and erratic, and our communication has been flawed”.

Aside from their apology to buyers, Google has not committed itself to announcing a date when all orders will be fulfilled, so as to avoid “more disappointment”. Dan Cobley has also announced that those who received delivery estimates before Christmas should expect them before the big day and that they will receive a credit receipt refunding them the shipping costs of the handset.

It is an unusual sight to see Google squirming over this latest error, but at last the company is making apologies and attempting to fix the problem as soon as possible.

Written by Charlotte Kertrestel