The Nexus 4 is considered to be one of the most elusive handsets Google has ever created in its smartphone line. The Nexus 4 sold out in large numbers last Fall when it first arrived on Google’s Play Store site. It came with either 8GB or 16GB for $199 and $249, respectively. Within just fifteen minutes, customers in the United States and other countries had placed Google’s newest phone “out of stock.” Another time or two saw the same unfortunate event happen on Google’s site. It seemed as though customers could barely see it in stock before the “out of stock” sign appeared.
If you have been waiting through the Christmas season to snag your Nexus 4, I’ve got great news: T-Mobile has now placed the Nexus 4 in stock at all its stores. This is great news for consumers who want to purchase the smartphone but have not been able to grab it at the Google Play Store. While the Nexus 4 is available in T-Mo stores, it is not yet available online but will be on January 23. It is also a smart move for Google; despite the out of stock events at the Play Store, the phone has only been sold to approximately 500,000 people. If Google were to stop production on the Nexus 4 altogether, the Nexus 4 would be one of the hottest-selling smartphones to have a short shelf life. For both financial reasons and high demand, Google has to continue some sort of production on its Nexus 4 line.
Google, of course, did not produce the LG Nexus 4 by itself; the company partnered with phonemaker LG Electronics to do so. LG recently stated in a press release that the company would halt production on the Nexus 4 to devote time to its own line of LG smartphones, indicating that the company would leave production of the Nexus 4 to Google. The company’s reason for doing so was to promote the LG smartphone line, as the company tries to improve its rising image in the smartphone arena. The Korean Times claims that LG will sell 75 million new smartphones in 2013, with a significant number of them being Windows 8 phones – not just Android. An LG partner said, “We will release quite a number of new Optimus devices this year and LG also has some smartphones in the works that will run Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8,” according to BGR News.
The Nexus 4 comes unlocked and contract-free at Google’s Play Store, although current availability at the Play Store reads “out of stock.” If you want to purchase it at T-Mobile, you will have to pay $199 on-contract and $499 off-contract for the device. The Nexus 4 comes with Qi wireless charging, not to mention Android 4.2, the latest update to Jelly Bean. The Nexus 4 relies on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, a 4.7-inch viewing screen, a 1280 x 768 screen resolution and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 for screen protection. An 8-megapixel rear-facing camera provides you with Ultra HD photos, while a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera provides HD video recording or chats with friends at Google Hangouts.
The Android 4.2 update will remain for a limited time only. According to an Android 4.2.2 update that was spotted in Brazil a few days ago, the Nexus 4 may be getting an update sometime soon.