Nexus 4 and 10 launches are a no-go in Belgium and Netherlands due to worldwide high demand

November 14, 2012
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It’s already pretty obvious that Google misjudged Nexus 4’s potential, but the magnitude of this demand miscalculation is only now starting to get revealed. Not only did all Nexus 4 units disappear in a matter of hours after being put up for grabs in the US and “internationally”, but it seems that Google had to cancel some originally planned launches altogether, too.

Belgium and Netherlands were not on the first batch of countries to get the Nexus 4, but, according to reports, they were supposed to see the hot 4.7-incher “by the end of November”. However, when Dutch website AndroidWorld contacted LG to confirm that ETA, they got a shocking answer.

Due to the phone’s unexpected popularity abroad, the two Benelux countries have been nixed from the release list, with LG and Google preferring to focus their efforts on a number of other countries. Furthermore, the Nexus 10 tablet might also be in stand-by in Belgium and Netherlands, though neither Samsung, nor Google have confirmed that just yet.

While AndroidWorld takes the pessimistic approach and speculates that the new Nexus duo might never come to the two countries, another Dutch website, Tweakers.net, seems to think that the situation is not all that gloomy.

According to Tweakers, an LG spokeswoman contacted by the online publication also said that the Nexus 4 launch is on hold, but hinted at the phone’s coming sometime next year. We don’t know if that goes to the Nexus 10 as well, but we’re guessing it does.

After all, even if Netherlands and Belgium are not exactly the two most tech-savvy countries in the world, Google can’t afford to not go that extra mile and make these uber-cool new devices available to all the people that are craving for them.

Comments

  • Kevin

    Do we know anymore about when they are going to restock and allow more people to purchase? Coming soon… is such a useless answer

  • Peterson Silva

    “After all, even if Netherlands and Belgium are not exactly the two most tech-savvy countries in the world, Google can’t afford to not go that extra mile and make these uber-cool new devices available to all the people that are craving for them.”

    Haha, what do you say about Brazil, then? 7 times the population of these two countries and no word on either device. At least these guys can backpack to Germany or something and buy them – with their own currency! =P

    • http://profiles.google.com/nicandro.m Nicandro Filho

      Hugo Barra must have some bad memories from Brazil… That guy really hate us.

      Not a word of all the 3 New Nexuses. The Nexus 7 don’t have any perspective to come to Brazil.

      Even the Galaxy Nexus sold in Brazil are not a real Nexus device. Still in 4.0

    • http://twitter.com/dim Dim!

      The Netherlands is one of the most tech savvy country’s of the world. Google should do the effort for sure…

      • Peterson Silva

        Not opposing that the least :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.moreira.144 Jeff Moreira

    Please correct this bit “Furthermore, the Nexus 10 tablet might also be in stand-by in Belgium and Netherlands, though neither Samsung, nor Google have confirmed that just yet.”
    It should be LG and not Samsung.

    • http://profiles.google.com/nicandro.m Nicandro Filho

      Nexus 10 = Samsung

  • http://twitter.com/JonKoops Jon Koops

    Well, off for a road-trip to Germany!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ladi.pohlen Ladi Pohlen

    Thanks to the EU we have the single market and can order goods cross-border with no hassle, so this is a no-brainer. Let’s just hope they can keep up with the demand, I was hoping to get my hands on both products still this year.

  • El Guapo

    Whoa… dude! Belgium and The Netherlands not exactly the most tech-savvy countries in the world?? Surely you jest! As a former Belgian citizen (American now for the last 12 years), I am thoroughly insulted. Do some research before you make ill-informed statements like that – please. You’re talking about 2 of the most industrialized and tech-savvy countries in the world, my friend. When I moved to the U.S. in early 2000, I couldn’t believe how far behind this country was technology-wise – especially when it came to cell phones and cell networks – compared to what I was used to in Belgium. I’m talking lightyears here. Sure, the U.S. has caught up the past 10 years or so, but really dude, retract that statement from your article because there’s not a grain of truth to it.

    • NL guy.

      He is not says that Belguim and NL are not tech-savvy, he just said they are not “the most”. List to top 100 tech brands in the world. How many of them are Belguim/NL? Now… check how many are CH, TW, JP, KR, US, CA… Do be offended so easily. I’m NL…

      • El Guapo

        Tech-savvy doesn’t have anything to do with brands and where they are made or produced goeie vriend. Jij als Nederlander zou ook best een beetje beledigd moeten zijn door zijn uitspraak.

        • nonbelgian

          you are so dumb belgians

          • http://twitter.com/DenJento Jento Pieters

            Insulting for no reason…

            El Guapo, it’s true that that belgium and nl wasn’t the most tech-savvy country in the year 2000. Don’t forget we’re 13 years later! I’ve noticed that the generation of now (which is 16-25 years old, I’m 18 & from Belgium btw) grew up with technology. Which means that this generation not only wants more tech, they need more tech! I bet the benelux really has become tech-savvy the past years.

            I always watch tech related video’s and read news from America. I can tell that the US has a lot to offer. But what I don’t get is why they don’t show a lot of attention to other countries? For god sake, they know the world is in need for technology! It doesn’t matter which country you’re from.

            But the worst part is that Google can’t even handle the requests for those tablet/phones? They wanted to make a really good phone/tablet, so they did. You can expect high demands when making a great phone for a great price, so why didn’t they expect it? That’s the question.

  • 8Charlie

    Uhm, the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) is considered to be one of the most affluent regions of Europe. Belgium is considered one of the most globalized countries in the world. Luxembourg has the highest income per capita. And The Netherlands is one of the countries with the highest smartphone penetration in the world (#12, higher than the US, Japan and South Korea, France, Germany and rivaling the UK). Has the highest internet penetration in Europe with the residents spending the most time online compared to other European countries. The Netherlands has a region which was named the most intelligent region in the world (Eindhoven); which is home to Philips, one of the world’s largest electronics companies. Not to mention that it’s one of the most educated countries in the world, with more than 60% of the population having followed a tertiary education and 30% a college and/or university degree. And don’t forget all the knowledge we have related to water management; i.e. the Delta Works, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. All of this for one of the smallest G20 countries of the world, with only 16 million people. Belgium and Luxembourg are even smaller. So respect!

    Just thought I’d stand up for us a little, hehe.

    • noNL

      shut up

      • 8Charlie

        I kinda already did… A month ago? Welcome to the party though, hope you enjoy yourself.

  • Mari

    Maybe do some research before you write something down.

    I am here in the Netherlands and the government is investing heavily in a fibre optic network in the entire country and I have a 500Mb/s connection up and down.

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  • Odo22

    Ever heard of companies like ASML and Philips smart ass? Tech savy ASML makes the machines that make devices like the Nexus possible.Infrastructure wise the Netherlands leads in w/Europe and the world.

  • Rolph

    “After all, even if Netherlands and Belgium are not exactly the two most tech-savvy countries in the world” Two of the leading countries when it comes to technology aren’t exactly tech-savvy? Do research…