Nexus 4 hardware made by the searching giant in cooperation with LG Electronics is now at Google’s online Play shop.
However, according to recent reports, stock was immediately depleted and notices posted asking shoppers to leave email addresses to be alerted when more are available.
“There’s been so much interest for the Nexus lineup that we’ve sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries,” the Nexus team said in a post at Google+ social network.
“We are working hard to add more Nexus devices to Google Play in the coming weeks to keep up with the high demand.”
At initial pricе of $299, the devices are not bound to particular carriers, and therefore unsubsidized by telecom companies, Nexus 4 models were deemed a bargain at half the price of similarly “unlocked” iPhones from Apple, Gadgets NTDV writes.
“Nexus 4 is the new smartphone from Google,” the Play store page claims. “With cutting edge hardware, the latest version of Android, and the best Google apps – Nexus 4 puts the world’s information at your fingertips.”
Gizmodo reports that the Google’s latest phone sold out in Australia within the hour, but the most rabid country for the new Nexus handset was Germany where all the smartphones were flush out within 15 minutes.
The device in both the 16GB and 8GB models were back on “Notify Me” mode (meaning they had sold out), almost as quickly as they had arrived.
US Nexus 4 sales were done and dusted within 50-minutes. Not quite topping the German record, but beating out us Aussies.
Google were reached to confirm the sales situation in Europe and will update with any response. According to the company, it has nothing to share on Nexus sales figures at this time.
It’s unclear how much stock of the new Nexus devices Google has made available. It’s notable that the Nexus 7 mini tablet does not appear to have sold out in the U.K., in any of its flavours (16GB, 32GB, 32GB plus 3G) — despite being beefed up with more memory, Tech Crunch says.
The latest Nexus smartphone is made by LG, and — in addition to running the very latest iteration of Google’s Android OS, 4.2 Jelly Bean — it features a 4.7 inch display and a 1.5GHz quad-core chip.
In the U.K. its price-tag starts at £240 for the 8GB version — which effectively means you’re getting a high-end 3G device for a mid-range price.
Google won’t reveal the number of sold Nexus 4 phones, but it did post an alert to Google+ letting people know that more units are on the way.
“There’s been so much interest for the Nexus lineup that we’ve sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries!,” the statement reads.
‘We are working hard to add more Nexus devices to Google Play in the coming weeks to keep up with the high demand. You can learn more about Nexus devices and stay updated at play.google.com/nexus.”
The tech company on Tuesday also began selling its new seven-inch and 10-inch Nexus tablet computers as well as rolling out the latest version of Android mobile operating system.