Google’s Nexus 4 smartphone keeps on running out of stock in the official Google Play portal, and it seems that there’s little that the Internet giant can do about it.
LG has already confirmed that there’s tremendous demand for the smartphone all around the world, and that it has postponed its release through retailers in Australia for the next year, but it seems that the Nexus 4 stock in the Google Play portal is very low as well.
Users in the United States heading to the Store to purchase the device will learn that they will have to wait 5-6 weeks for their units to arrive, provided that they want to settle for the 16GB model.
Those who would like to grab the 8GB flavor of the device will not be as lucky, as the phone is listed as sold out, after being said to ship at the end of January 2013.
Users in the UK won’t get the chance to purchase the 16GB variant either, as it is out of stock as well.
Based on LG’s statement regarding the offline availability of Nexus 4 in Australia and the phone’s current status in the Google Play Store, we can imagine that users in other markets too face the same issue when trying to purchase the phone.
The handset was made available for purchase through Google’s official portal in mid-November, with a price tag of $349 attached to it for the 16GB flavor, and of $299 for the 8GB variant, which certainly makes it highly appealing.
The handset packs a 4.7-inch screen, a quad-core processor inside, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, front camera, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and wireless charging, but no microSD slot or enabled 4G LTE connectivity.
Nexus 4 was the first smartphone in the world to run under Google’s new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, and also the first Nexus handset to be manufactured by LG.