Initial stock might have been too low to meet demand
Nexus 4, the latest Google phone out there, has been made available for purchase in the UK and other European markets this morning, but it seems that it has already sold out.According to the latest reports on the matter, the 16GB flavor of the device was listed as out of stock only 15 minutes or so after the sales had started.
Furthermore, supplies of the 8GB version of the new mobile phone were exhausted in about 30 minutes or less.
A similar situation occurred in Australia as well a few hours back, when stock of the new smartphone evaporated in minutes.
Apparently, the Google Play Store, the only portal that had the device up for sale, also exhibited a series of issues with accepting the transactions from users, thus leaving some of them without the device they wanted to purchase.
SlashGear reports that some users complained of a sluggish and unresponsive Google Play portal, which listed the Nexus 4 smartphone as out of stock by the time they managed to get to the checkout page, although it was available when they had first accessed the store.
Apparently, users in France are experience similar issues, which suggests that the “out of stock” tag might soon be attached to the smartphone in this country as well.
Since the issue appears to be widespread, we’re left wondering whether Nexus 4 was in limited supply to begin with, or demand for it was so great that the stock was exhausted faster than expected.
The large Nexus 10 tablet PC suffered a similar fate in some markets, though it remained available for purchase in others, it seems.
For the time being, there’s no telling on when new Nexus 4 units will become available for purchase in any of the affected countries, though it might not be too long before Google makes these details official, so stay tuned.