Nexus 4 not sold out, it’s just Google unable to keep up with ‘very high traffic’
Today was filled with quite a few Nexus 4-related updates. We learned that Google will only let customers purchase up to two devices and that T-Mobile received more Nexus 4 stock.
Later we heard that Google announced potential buyers that the handset will start selling again today, and then we told you that the Nexus 4 appeared to have sold out minutes after sales resumed.
Well, it turns out that the Nexus 4 wasn’t out of stock and it’s just Google that wasn’t able to keep up with demand for the handset. Or better said, it wasn’t able to cope with the increased traffic, which resulted in plenty of users complaining about encountering errors and not being able to put their orders in.
Normally, that wouldn’t be such a big – deal would it? – as this isn’t the first company selling stuff online that’s experiencing problems during sales of a popular device. But considering that we’re talking about Google here, a company that has a lot of experience when it comes to Internet traffic, servers, data centers and everything related to the online environment, you’d think it would be able to setup a system that wouldn’t crash as fast as it did.
The company posted a message on top of the Google Play Store to tell users the Nexus 4 was not out of stock:
Google Play is currently experiencing very high traffic. Nexus4 is not sold out and will still be available for purchase. Please try again shortly. Thank you for your patience.
But that doesn’t make things any better for disappointed buyers, does it?
How was your Nexus 4 buying experience (in case you decided to buy one today)? When is your unit shipping?