Although very many of us had expected to see limited supply issues on the heels of the Nexus 4’s release, there were but a handful of people that predicted the snafu would be extended way until the holiday season.
Still, here we are, a full month and a half after the initial launch, and LG and Google’s awesome 4.7-incher is still one tough cookie to track down. In fact, those unlucky guys and gals that haven’t yet gotten their grubby hands on a Nexus 4 and are still excited about it have only three moves right now, none of which is very pleasant.
You can A. keep an eye on Google’s Play Store, refresh it frantically and pray to God you’ll be in the right place at the right time when stocks are refilled, B. keep in close touch with T-Mobile, again pray and hope for the best and be willing to sign up to a new carrier agreement, or C. go over to eBay and pay as much as 1,000 bucks for a $300 phone. Not to mention that some of you, living outside of the US or UK, don’t even have the option to go through a carrier.
Now you might be waiting for that magic solution of procuring a precious little Nexus 4. Sorry to bum you out, but we don’t have it. What we do have however is a nifty little app that can make the waiting more bearable and that plan A from above a bit more humane.
Nexus Availability Checker is the name of this new app and it’s as simple as it is useful, allowing you to automatically check the availability of all Nexus devices in your country, including the 4.7-incher from LG.
The app sends you notifications whenever something happens with your desired device, be it the Nexus 4, 7 or 10. You can then get the edge over the “competition”, quickly check out the device’s price in your local currency and even dive right in the Play Store and get your order in. You can of course manually set how often you want the app to make its rounds or leave it to the default one-hour checking.
I don’t know about you, but I think Julien Vermet’s free app is a must have for anyone still sniffing around for the Nexus 4. That is if you don’t like the alternatives: the dedicated websites like n4checker.com, or the keeping an eye on Android Authority day in and day out – after all, we do eat, sleep and breathe Android.
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My order went through Dec. 9th, still shows pending. Read comments on some threads, some ordered Dec. 11th, already have the device. Mind boggling.
Once your bank account get’s charged, you will have the device in your hand soon after (less that few business days).
Awesome device, well worth the wait. Trust me.
Same here. order 2pcs Dec6, arrived Dec 9, order 1pcs 5 hours later on Dec 6, now Dec 29, still pending…
I have a Nexus availability checker of my own. It’s called sticking my hand in my pocket to see if my Nexus 4 is still there. lol
i placed the order on 13th november..and till date havent got the nexus.
i think there doesnt exist any phone like nexus.lol.
its fictitious :P
lol…it only exists in our hearts and minds.
lol….actually it is so well out of reach that somebody even stole it from my mind.
and i am in limbo:P
or you can do what I did and run a perl script on an Amazon cloud server that checks every second and notifies you when it is available — instead of using the same service as everyone else.
The app mentioned above isn’t compatible with my phone Sony live Walkman.
So, I searched and found another app named Nexus Checker (play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=it.lorthirk.NexusChecker) It might work. I don’t know.