Google’s official store has declared LG’s take on the Nexus series of Android superphones to be sold out in both its 8GB and 16GB models. In the preceding days, Google lengthened the projected shipping time for both models considerably, topping out around 10 weeks before declining to accept further orders. Neither LG nor Google is releasing any specific sales numbers, but it’s clear that they cannot keep up with demand.
Only authorized resellers went untouched by eBay’s decree. It’s easy to understand the impulse to step in, however, given that before the announcement, the Nexus 4 was going for more than twice LG’s recommended retail price.
Though the Nexus 4 has severe memory limitations (just 8GB and 16GB with no ability to expand) its impressive hardware coupled with its mid-range price point seems to have brought buyers flocking.
Some of the attention may be due to Google’s preference for vanilla Android installs. Nexus phones come without the tinkering inherent to Android phones from most other manufacturers. Few will defend memory-hogging utilities that demand a warranty-voiding hack to uninstall.
Or, it could simply look like an attractive gift for the holidays. With so much clamor, however, we’re likely to be unwrapping receipts instead of phones.