Update: we are seeing various reports across multiple comment threads and forums that repeatedly refreshing the page will eventually let you add a Nexus 4 to your cart and check out. So, keep trying everyone.
Today Google began taking orders for the best Android phone to hit the market yet, the Nexus 4. Spec wise it is near the top of the field thanks to its 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM and 4.7-inch IPS 1280 x 720p display. And while the lack of LTE is a serious pitfall for U.S. residents (and a few other countries with access to small but growing LTE coverage), the greatest feature of the Nexus still makes it relatively easy to overlook – the price. At $349 for the 16 GB Nexus 4, you’re getting the best Android phone on the market that stands toe-to-toe with other greats such as the iPhone 5 and Lumia 920.
If you were hoping to hop online when you got home from work and pick up Google’s latest and greatest Nexus phone, we have some bad news for you. They’re sold out. After a mere 25 minutes of availability, the Google Play Store now lists all models of the Nexus 4 as out of stock – and this is even after the first 25 minutes were plagued with tons of site slowness and page timeouts.
For the record, the first trip to the store that we made just a few minutes ago still showed the Nexus 4 as “in stock”. Upon adding it to our cart, however, we were directed to an error page. Heading back to the original Nexus 4 page then finally showed the “coming soon” verbiage that will no doubt be the cause of many potential Nexus 4 users’ sadness this evening.
The message we can gather from today’s events: The Nexus brand is very much alive and well. With the Nexus 10 tablet also seeing dwindling stock today, it’s not too hard to fathom that it too will join the Nexus 4 in nonexistent stock soon enough. Of course, more thorough tech addicts will cite the need for hard numbers before making any final conclusions regarding actual success, for selling out of 10,000 initial stock is much less impressive than a steady stream of 100,000 units sold with no out-of-stock events.
In other Android related news: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean has been released to AOSP today meaning owners of pre-Nexus 4 devices should start to see custom ROMs built off of the latest Android release in the coming weeks, and for some, days.