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Nexus 4 Changes to “Temporarily Out of Stock” in Google Play Store, Return Imminent?

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Google’s Nexus 4 has essentially been flagged as “Sold Out” in the Google Play store since back in December. Shortly after its initial launch, it returned for a brief period, but since the device is one heck of a steal for an unlocked phone, and Google and LG are reportedly horrible at predicting demand for their products, we have been counting the days until it became available again. That time could be soon, well maybe. 

The Google Play pages for the Nexus 4 in both 16GB and 8GB variants, changed from “Sold Out” to “Temporarily Out of Stock” this evening. One could jump to the conclusion that this means we will see stock shortly, or one could just look at this as Google planning for the future. Either way, it’s some sort of a sign, and that’s something we haven’t seen from either page in over a month.

With the device arriving in all T-Mobile stores, on T-Mo’s website for a brief period last week, and now on Best Buy’s site, it could be a teaser for what’s to come. And that would be, a return of stock all over the place.

You may want to keep an eye on the Play store over the next couple of days.

Update:  A little birdie just told us that the Nexus 4 could return tomorrow morning at 9AM PST.

Via:  Google Play

Cheers harsh and Gabriel!

  • Rohan Boricha

    Thank you so much! because of this was able to snag a Nexus 4, 16gb !

  • Rafal

    It’s in stock in US google play store 🙂

  • sd

    got mine!!!!

    • FryerTuck

      Me too!

  • sagisarius

    Boom, just order 16gb and the bumper.

    • Bob Allen

      Woot! Me too!

  • DanL

    USA In Stock, got my order in!

  • bjsguess

    Super lame that it didn’t update to in stock.

    • sagisarius

      actually… it just did!

  • Nexus_4

    Little birdy crushed my soul.

  • Your little birdy said. “Could”. It’s still not in stock.

  • Eta508

    Update: A little birdie just told us that the Nexus 4 could return tomorrow morning at 9AM PST.
    – LIES

    • Eta508

      oh oh! now in stock. Just ordered – $350 + $14 shipping + $26 tax (IL) = ~$389

  • NYAvsFan

    I got tired of waiting and spent the absurd amount of $ to get it off contract from Best Buy. Shipping date is estimated at Feb 6-8. Though if Google Play does have it back today obviously I’ll jump on that and cancel the Best Buy order.

    • Hayan

      could have gone with wirefly since they are cheaper

  • Detonation

    Better buy a case while you’re getting one…keep seeing more and more stories about people’s phones spontaneously cracking, especially around the back speaker grill.

  • shelderman

    Am I the only one that thinks this phone is fugly? Add to that no storage. No thanks. I’d rather have my Sammy Nexus.

  • schoat333

    Perfect timing. My Verizon contract expires in a few days.

  • Johnhany97

    When was the Update added ?? 28 Jan or 29 jan?? Thanks for your work ……..

  • reyalP

    Nexus 5 should be coming out soon so why should I buy this one?

    • bjsguess

      If by soon you mean October then you are correct.

  • 750,000+ already

    the production rate is as followed from decoding the serial number (according to XDA Developers users)

    October: 70,000 devices produced
    November: 90,000
    Dec: 210,000
    January: 500,000+ is a certainty

    Phone produced in Oct had serial#
    10000 19th of Oct, AUS8BK
    20000 USA
    60000 AUS
    70123 ATMOBK (t-mobile)

    Something like 70k devices produced in October

    73000 1-th AO2UBK (O2 UK model)
    75000 5-th AO2UBK
    80000 5-th AO2UBK
    85000 21-th (?) AUKGBK – strange,
    90000 9-th AUS8BK
    92000 10-th AUS8BK
    95000 – USA
    109000 – GER
    110000 – UK
    132000 – USA
    138000 – USA
    150000 – USA
    160000 – AUSGBK

    265133 14-th ADEUBK GERMANY
    266133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    267133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    268133 15-th ADEUBK GERMANY
    269133 15-th ADEUBK GERMANY
    270133 15-th ASWSBK SWS Switzerland (looks like around 500 units)
    271133 16-th AISRBK Israel
    272133 15-th ADEUBK Germany
    273133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    274133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    275133 15-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    277133 17-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    278133 17-th AHKGBK Hong Kong
    279133 16-th AMYSBK
    280123 17-th AMYSBK
    289000 18-th UK
    300123 19-th ADEGBK
    305112 19-th ACA8BK
    306000 28-Oct (?) AUSGBK, 211KPPB306000 “csn” is also very different from the “surroundings”
    306001 8-Oct AUSGBK 211KPHG306001 esnoutgodate=null >>Never shipped?
    306009 4-th Dec AUSGBK 212KPHG306009 esnoutgodate=null
    306010 19-th AUS8BK 212KPYR306010 esnoutgodate=null
    306020 19-th AUS8BK esnoutgodate=null
    314001 19-th AFRGBK
    314002 19-th ADEGBK
    314050 19-th ADEGBK
    314123 19-th ADEGBK
    315112 19-th ADE8BK
    319123 20-th ADEGBK
    320123 20-th ADEGBK
    321123 20-th AAUGBK
    325112 20-th AUSGBK
    330123 20-th AUSGBK
    340123 21-th ACAGBK
    350123 22-th AUS8BK
    360123 26-th AUSGBK
    365123 27-th AUS8BK
    370123 27-th AUSGBK
    374110 28-th AUSGBK

    January 2013
    375110 2-th AUS8BK
    377110 3-th ASFRBK
    381110 2-th ASFRBK
    385110 3-th AGBRBK GBR “UNITED KINGDOM” – a new retailer? Play store was a AUKGBK
    390110 3-th AUSGBK
    395110 4-th AUSGBK
    399110 3-th ATMOBK
    400110 4-th AUSGBK
    406110 4-th AUSGBK
    445110 9-th ATMOBK
    450110 9-th ATMOBK
    451110 8-th ANEUBK “EUROPE OPEN” – something new
    455110 8-th ANEUBK
    456110 8-th ACAGBK CANADA_OPEN
    461110 8-th ATMOBK
    463110 8-th ADEGBK
    465110 8-th ADEGBK
    467110 9-th ADEGBK
    469110 9-th ADEGBK
    471110 9-th ATMOBK
    474110 9-th ATMOBK
    476110 9-th ATMOBK
    479110 9-th AUS8BK
    482110 9-th ATMOBK
    487110 10-th AUKGBK
    489110 10-th AUKGBK
    491110 10-th AAVCBK VIDEOTRON – seems to be a Canadian telco?
    493110 10-th ADEUBK
    495110 10-th ADEUBK
    497110 10-th AISRBK
    499500 10-th AUKGBK
    502035 11-th AUSGBK
    507035 11-th AUSGBK
    512035 11-th AUS8BK
    513035 11-th AUS8BK

    650986 – 18th of January
    752,xxx – 22nd of January

    834,xxx – 27nd of January

    • Ronald Natson

      I wish people would stop posting this. Nobody even knows if its real

  • Michael Nichols

    I noticed that I got real excited 🙂

  • parker

    i dont trust little birdies…. -____- that said i will check tommorow morning

  • baconslayer09

    My GN’s battery has been quite crappy lately. Seriously considering about buying this when it comes back in stock.

    • Jon

      but this thing has a sealed battery…if battery life is a major criteria, there are surely better options.

      • Droidzilla

        Franco r54 kernel and I have zero issues. I’ve had several phones with removable batteries and I’ve never used them (other than for battery pulls). Heck, my wife on the stock ROM without even so much as root gets great battery life. It’s not quite as good as the HD Maxx or the GNote II, but it’s certainly no slouch. Gets through the day easy.

      • baconslayer09

        If it gets me 25 hours of battery life, I can care less if the battery is sealed. By the time the battery starts wearing down, I’ll probably have another phone.

  • therealwaynebrady

    Who wants an 8gb or even a 16gb phone…worthless w/o unlimited data.

    • enigmaco

      I have one with tmobile unlimited everything including data

      • trwb

        That’s right forgot about T-Mobile, there coverage is bad here.

      • UnixPimp

        This is the best phone out there at the best price for people who use T-Mobile’s pre-paid service. I would like to say “best phone available” but it is not available for sale. 🙁

      • Jose

        I was lucky enough to get a Nexus4 on the last round. Tried TMo in NYC, the speed was good, but the coverage was spotty. I have now switched to StraightTalk using the AT&T towers and is a much better experience.

  • When I see articles like these, I always ask myself… who found out these little details first and how often do you check these pages? I’m just curious 🙂

    • Oh just simple internet tricks. 😛

      • Haha. I mean do you have a daily rotation of pages you check for changes or do you use special software to notify you?

    • snowblind64

      Me, and way too often. Gonna need a new F5 key soon. 😉

  • Crankintopwater69

    This song goes out too my N4,”Ill be wrapped around your finger.”

  • Crankintopwater69

    I just want one so I can see how good Tmo’s service is where I live and the places I travel.

    • Jose

      I was lucky enough to get a Nexus4 on the last round. Try TMo in NYC, the speed was good, but the coverage was spotty. I have now switched to StraightTalk using the AT&T towers and is a much better experience.

      • NYAvsFan

        Thanks for the info Jose. I live in NYC as well and was wondering which one to go with once I get my N4.

      • Droidzilla

        Same thing here. I bought one for me and one for the wife, had mine on T-Mo and hers on AT&T via Straight Talk. I’m now switching to ST AT&T. T-Mo is faster than AT&T’s HSPA+ in some parts of town, but AT&T seems more consistent. Not to mention unlimited minutes; those 100 minutes go quicker than you’d think!

  • HeadBangToThis

    they have a enormous stock prepared for re sell. 2-4 days it will be back up

  • agghh…who cares…this phone is already outdated….NEXT!

    • Travis Stanley

      Not really…You might as well say the Galaxy Note 2 is also outdated.

      • trwb

        The Note has storage.

        • LionStone

          hah!…so does my Thunderbolt 😉

        • Droidzilla

          Yes, the mark of a modern phone: how much storage it has. By that measure, you can shove a huge MicroSD card in a Blackberry and make it into a modern phone.

    • shecalledmejay

      nexuses have the longest android lifespan

      • Jon

        true but the 8 gig is a bit of an FU to the world.

  • BrianCherry

    Yes and now I can purchase one since I finally have have money to spend!

  • sdfasdfsdaf

    the other sold-out devices say the same thing now. just a little site redesign.

  • Kelly

    I bet it is, I’m really getting sick and tired of Google’s crap! http://www.ficksitall.blogspot.com

  • Harsh Karn

    I’m stalking that page everyday. Where’s my Nexus 4?

  • giveitupalready

    Sadly, I also noticed this change in this description. Is it supposed to provide a glimmer of hope? BTW they also changed the text color from red to white – perhaps an attempt to make us less angry while we wait!

    • michael arazan

      What’s next, maybe they should of produced line tickets so they could actually see the numbers of people that are wanting to buy this phone so that way they could produce enough.

      • UnixPimp

        How about a Walt Disney World “Speed Pass” to get the device?

  • Neomastermind

    The precious, it returns.

  • about time