Two weeks ago, we reported that the 8GB Nexus 4 has sold out on Google Play. Those who managed to grab the last few units of the phone were told to wait up to 10 weeks for the shipment. Now, the 16GB Nexus 4 is following the steps of the smaller variant, as it’s become unavailable on the Play Store.
While Google has sold out a second Nexus 4 batch in various markets where the handset can be ordered via the Play Store, not all the buyers in this second purchase round were lucky enough to have their devices shipped in 1-2 weeks.
Jean-Baptiste Quéru, one of the guys responsible for maintaing the Android Open Source Project (ASOP), was recently asked why Google pulled down the factory images for the Nexus 4. This was his response: “I can’t comment on that, sorry.”
The Nexus 4 is one of the best-sold Android handsets of the year, with Google and LG not being able to keep up with demand. In case you live in the UK and desperately want one of these babies before Christmas then you’ll want to check out Three’s offer.
As if the whole supply and demand snafu wasn’t enough to drive people away from the Nexus 4, Google has again been caught with its pants down. With no warning, reason or explanation, the device’s factory images and binaries have vanished into thin air just hours ago.
When the Nexus 4 bumper case first arrived to Google’s virtual store shelves, it managed to disappear from Google Play just as quickly as the Nexus 4 itself. Luckily, the official LG Nexus 4 bumper is now back in stock through the Play Store, at least in the United States.
Google’s Nexus 4, also known as the Optimus G’s younger LTE-less brother does pack LTE support under the hood, or at least some of the required components, although don’t expect Google to turn it on at any point in the future.
The Google Nexus 4 by LG is one of the top phones on the market right now – but how much does it improve upon its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus? See this comparison of these Nexus phones and how the Nexus 4 doesn’t just improve upon its predecessor, it does well to continue the Nexus legacy.
Nexus 4 owners — we hate to say it, but it’s looking increasingly likely that you won’t be able to use any USB OTG devices on your brand new super smartphone. Google has edited out several lines from the phone’s online guidebook that says you can connect devices like “a keyboard, mouse or even a joystick” to the smartphone via USB. The updated page now says that “USB is not supported for connecting such devices.”
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