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Google: Nexus 4 Not Sold Out, Google Play Just Experiencing High Traffic

The yellow bar that we have captured in the image above just appeared on Google Play. It reads:

Google Play is currently experiencing very high traffic. Nexus 4 is not sold out and will still be available for purchase. Please try again shortly. Thank you for your patience.

So, there you have it. The Nexus 4 is not sold out. Try again later.

Cheers Teng, Adam, Aaron, and Baldypal!

  • nickingninaj

    I actually managed to snag a 16 gig one while ordering through my Nexus 7 without any hiccups.

  • happyniko

    I just ordered mine, actually one for sister too at 7AM EST…It says it will ship in 4-5 weeks but at least I know it’s on its way…My husband had tried at around 3pm and later told me it was sold out already. I was getting so disappointed that I was going to have to wait again for it to become available until I found this mini article and read all the comments…I didn’t even need to do the “hold down enter key, or spacebar!”

  • Duncan

    You say this now…. This is what I’m looking at, though, and have been since the day of release: http://i.imgur.com/efYTz.png

  • Noel

    Tried again around 7pm and was successful after failing in earlier attempts that lasted two whole hours of continuous difficulty at checkout. So for those who failed like in earlier attempts…probably give it another shot. Keep on pressing proceed even if u get the failed message.

  • IanYarborough

    Brutal. Estimated shipping for the 8gb is 7-8 weeks. The 16gb is 4-5 weeks.

    • IanYarborough

      So, essentially, I’m looking at a delivery date of hopefully somewhere between Christmas Day and New Years day. Yikes.

  • JDMendiola

    we should have all been a bit more patient , it’s almost 7pm (pst) , checked the play store … nexus 4’s are still in stock , click on the 16g version , took me to my cart , clicked on proceed and took me to the checkout page right away . we were the ones causing the site to crash and go bananas

  • zulu208

    managed to score two this morning around 1p MST.

  • mcdonsco

    Kind of stupid that it doesn’t work on the largest US carrier’s network.

    • Nazzi_Muhammad

      That’s cause the largest US carrier sux.

    • Pedro

      Kind of stupid that the largest US carrier did everything they could to neuter the Nexus they had.

  • is this the price w/o a contract??

    • Dain Laguna


  • Danny White

    Just got my order placed! Patience is a virtue!

  • Mago

    I got my order in! Now the wait begins…

  • JDMendiola

    keep on trying ! dont give up ! after 3+ hours of trying …. it went through.
    THANKS TO THE TIP about pressing tab and holding enter . im about to cry of happiness

  • feli

    it works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • estimated shipping is 2-3 weeks for me =/

  • ahzie99

    OMG…. Spamming the Proceed button works!!! I’ve been trying since 11:59…. Wasted my lunch break. It’s almost 3 o’clock pst. Keep the enter button pressed for a while, and then see if a window popped up behind your browser by doing Alt+Tab.

  • Guest

    Party time!

  • Droidzilla

    I found the way to make it happen. Here’s what you do: once you’re in the cart, tab on your keyboard until PROCEED is highlighted. Then hold down the Enter key for a little while. It’ll get you right through in a little bit of time.

    • JMonkeYJ

      you rule my world Droidzilla. totally worked 🙂 well unless google cancels on me………… >_<

  • Alexander Anteneh

    It worked finally, took about 20 minutes

  • Pandalero

    Once you get it in your cart, tab over to the PROCEED button and mash the ENTER key like you hate it! After 8 solid minutes, I finally got through and completed my purchase at 3:25PM MST (Phoenix).

    • no need to mash the enter button repeatedly, just hold it down and it works faster

      • Pandalero

        That’s just lazy… I earned mine!

  • JDub

    Bad news guys. It’s sold out. I repeat, the bumper cases are all sold out!!

    • Pandalero

      Oh, we got a comedian here… 🙂 I can laugh because my N4 order went through. Otherwise, it would be fire and death upon you.

      • JDub

        Your from Phoenix too? Thats where all the comedians live.

        • Pandalero

          Yep, Phoenix. I was on Tmo from 2000 (VoiceStream) to 2009. Never had any service or signal issues. Been on VZW since 2009 when my job gave me a phone. Just extended my contract in June in order to keep my unlimited data. But I’ll be paying the ETF. My plan is to go with Tmo’s $60/mo plan. Unlimited talk/text/data and first 2GB is 4G, then I get throttled. I’m on wifi at home and work, so I’ll rarely hit 2GB.

      • JDub

        BTW I’m interested in what phone plan you are going to use with it. I have been with Verizon for 10 yrs but my contract isnt up til Dec next year. My work went to Sprint and it was crappy to say the least. I know the nexus 4 wont work on them anyways. Curious how T Mobile or straight talk is out here.

    • Drome

      I’m pretty certain that it didn’t even come on sale today

  • Trueblue711

    I’m actually a bit surprised the demand is this high for the phone. However, the price for an off-contract phone with these specs are amazing. Google — please end the era of $650 off-contract phones. This Nexus is a prime example that $600 isn’t the real cost of a phone.

    • a.youth.in.Asia

      Im sure if you were a business you would want to turn a profit off of your product as well. You’re not thinking if all the middle men that is involved.


  • guest

    mine just went through!!! spam the proceed button, i used my mouse and trackpad to double the power

  • machomama1337

    W000000000t my finger won google.

  • Alan Taylor

    i tried to buy it and it does not show any yellow bar saying high traffic, just available in 1-2 weeks. I think im going to pass on this and wait till next year

  • JDMendiola

    everyone should stop trying to buy it, and let me get one ?
    pretty please !!!

    • machomama1337

      gooo for it i got it after 1 hour of clcking lolooololol

      • MrSteve920

        Got you beat, took me an hour and fifty minutes, haha.

  • datscha

    Got it in 2 minutes, my advice – use the tab button until you reach the ‘Proceed’ Button, stay pressed on the Enter Key – you should send enough requests 😉
    Happy Spamming – 16GB on its way!! Good luck!

    • MrSteve920

      Damn, why didn’t I think of that?

      • machomama1337


    • Teng Taing

      used this trick and finally got in

  • PhoenixPath

    Wow. I love Android and Google, but yeah. Wow.

    They have now repeatedly shot themselves in the foot over selling devices, and I cannot for the life of me figure out why…

    It’s not like selling physical goods online is new. There are literally thousands of sites out there that do it exceedingly well on a daily basis….and Google couldn’t hire *one* of the people responsible for any of those???

    Nah, that can’t be it…there has got to be something else going on here.

    Seriously…Google simply cannot be this inept. Conspiracy theories anyone???

    • Pedro

      There is a learning curve when entering new territory.
      Google does search. The whole online sales thing is still pretty new. At least high demand of item X sales. Maybe the reason it took a couple weeks to get to this point is that they wanted to write a bit of tracking software to help with the Next Big Thing. As a company, you sell something, analyze the sales, figure out what went wrong, fix it. Repeat. They need to repeat a few more times.

      • Jonas

        I voted this up 5 times. Word.
        Furthermore, if you expect Google hire other companies, invest in marketing and faster production, get ready to shell out an extra $100 or so.

      • PhoenixPath


        Two reasons:

        1) Google is a multi-national, multi*BILLION* dollar company. They do not get to use the “We’re new at this” excuse. We should be holding them to a little bit higher standards than a ma-n-pa store.

        2) Go to http://www.google.com. Type something in the search box. Click the “shopping” link. Yeah.. Google does that. They have for quite a few years. They are not new to virtual store-fronts for physical goods.

        Remember the original Nexus that they tried to sell online? How long ago was that? It’s an excuse, and in my opinion a pretty pathetic one…especially for a company born-and-bred on the internet.

        Don’t get me wrong, still a big fan, but just because I am a fan doesn’t automatically mean they cannot royally f*ck up. They have the resources to get it right…or, failing that, they could hire an expert or two. Don’t know any?

        They could always, ya know…Google it. 😉

  • Crazydog

    Just got mine about 5 minutes ago. Started trying at 12pm PST, gave up at 1pm PST, got it within 5 minutes at 2pm PST.

  • Pedro

    16GB on the way for me.
    Had another window open, and just kept hitting the Proceed button.

    Email arrived as I typed this comment. Excellent. Adios Verizon (once I figure out the best prepaid provider in the area). And the contract ends in 12 more months.

    • capecodcarl

      So, you’re under contract with Verizon for another year, but you bought a Nexus 4? Why? Are you just going to keep paying your Verizon bill too?

      • Pedro

        Got three lines (2 under contract on VZW for 2013). I need to find the BEST prepaid option for my life. If it costs $600 this year, I’ll make it up in the first 6 months of 2013. I need to travel to my places, my wife needs to grab the phone when she travels, etc. Then we know what works.

        If we find an option earlier, then we get to cancel a line (all of $40/month) and go forward. And we debate the options of the VZW ETF.

        With an unlocked GSM phone, I don’t HAVE to pay a bill every month for the phone. I just want to make sure we have a legitimate option when all the phones are off contract. Planning ahead.

      • ProfessAndObey

        I don’t know about Pedro, but I am going to. We did the math on my wife and it all works out. We’re tired of Verizon and their policies.

        We’re getting the Nexus 4, canceling the data on her line (still part of her parent’s family plan), and are just going to pay the $12/mo it cost for the voice line until the end of the contract. We’re going to use the T-Mobile $30/mo prepaid plan, and after selling her Droid Bionic and all her accessories, it would have only cost us about $75 more. Plus, we figure selling the Bionic now can net us at least $75 more than if we tried to sell it next September.

        Anyone looking at buying a Droid Bionic, a Lapdock 500 Pro, a Bionic car dock, a Bionic desk dock, 3 total batteries, 4 TPU cases, and battery dock? All for only $325?

        • JDub

          I will give you $5 for your Bionic and thats being generous.

          • ProfessAndObey

            Wow. You’re no fun. 🙁

          • flosserelli

            You could use the Bionic as a media player, since you probably won’t be doing that with a 8-16GB Nexus 4.

  • Loren

    Managed to get 4 ordered already, but I have been at it for the past 30 min, and no luck. Once the wallet pops up, your in!!

  • u guys probably noticed, but that banner is gone now. Does that mean they r taking orders again?

  • I just ordered mine! you have to press tab until the grey precede button is highlighted, then you hold down enter until the wallet page comes up and then you can order one! this should work, just hold down the enter key and be patient

    • Taikoubou

      This actually worked for me! Thank you so much for the tip!

    • Paul Sheble

      Tried this and after holding down enter for about 10 seconds or so at a time, got through and completed the order.

    • I did it!!! Thanks man

    • Colin Griffith


      This needs to be added to the blog post. I’ve been trying since noon PST solid (bit before that even from impatience), and this was the only thing that worked!

      Brilliant strategy. Less tiring to let your OS spam the button 🙂

    • Mosab

      hell yeaaaa, that worked well for me :):) thannnnnx

    • scrizzo

      …wh..who are you? and how did you know this magic? It just worked for me too.

    • Diego Diaz

      Confirmed. got One .Thanks

    • Sweet i took a screenshot of this tip and posted to my friends facebook wall and he was able to order his, thanks!

    • youre welcome everyone and i came up with this method first but its okay to spread the word and help people get there hands on a nexus 4

      • fixxmyhead

        damn that was so easy

      • Bobknows

        Hot dang, it worked.

      • RoundEye

        Nice try…but I actually came up with this “method” years ago when purchasing one of the first fleshlights sold online.

    • asldf

      omfg this worked, after 3 minutes of holding it down and doubting you lol. I GOT TWO!

    • Stephen Clagett

      No Joke, this is legit. Thanks man!

    • Bob Allen

      Woot! Worked! 2-3 weeks wait, but it should be inbound!

    • kkloster

      this really did work! thanks Boro!!

    • Thanks for the tip! I had to weigh down the enter key on my laptop so I could keep working while I waited, and eventually it came up and I made my purchase!

    • it worked! nice….someones a genius…

    • christina sosa

      Dude! You are a genius!!!!

    • Seth Kuhlman


  • Not sold out but some people that ordered on launch are still waiting … Bad Google

  • just ebay one. This is getting ridiculous.

  • Paul Sheble

    Message gone.

  • MrSteve920

    I sat there spamming that proceed button for the last two hours but I finally got it to go through, 16gb on the way. Keep trying everyone.


    That why I prefer dealing with Pro. (Apple). Google is immature when dealing with Sales – High demands and such … Google stop wasting out time and call Apple to help you grow.

    • Tracy


  • 00711


  • bob

    When is it going to be available for purchase?

  • SAM


  • Teng Taing

    ROFL the proceed button is killin me

  • Robin

    But story is still the same…Click on proceed and the item disappears from your cart!!

  • Get ready to take more screenshots!

  • Crockett Kimberlin

    But have to try again NOW!!! =D I should probably stop.

  • This is a good sign. Google learned from last time and got more devices, but only problem is many poeple trying at same time. Hope everyone that wants one can get one, i already got one earlier, trying now for a friend

    • Esizkur

      Earlier today? or on the 13th?

      • 13th. I was backordered and i got email saying it shipped today

    • Neomastermind

      I’ll be your friend…

      • lol. i wish i could man. Im not gifting it to him, hes paying me back

  • J

    Try again later, once it’s sold out?

    Nice try Kellex, I’m not falling for your trickery. You just want all of them for yourself.

    • 😛

      • Droidzilla

        I found the way to make it happen. Here’s what you do: once you’re in the cart, tab on your keyboard until PROCEED is highlighted. Then hold down the Enter key for a little while. It’ll get you right through in a little bit of time.

        • Pandalero

          Yep… worked for me about 20 minutes ago.

        • Worked great! Thanks.

        • 2ashok

          You are a genius… It worked for me… too bad I read your note after hours of struggle

          • Droidzilla

            I struggled for quite a while, too. I got the tip from some random dude in a Google+ comments thread, so I can’t take credit.

          • t. hargers

            same as i some guy on my g+ feed gave me the tip..now if only the bumper wasnt sold out

        • OodlesOfLove

          Awesome it just worked for me. You are the bestest!!!!

  • JDMendiola

    no!! now everyone will know lol


    i feel loike crying