Google’s elusive new flagship phone, the Nexus 4, seems to be returning to the US Google Play Store.
Reports on social media indicate that customers who opted into Google’s Nexus 4 notification emails are receiving alerts that the device will be back up on the Google Play Store at 12 noon PST, today, 11/27. This apparently applies only to US customers.
The Nexus 4, manufactured by LG, is the latest and greatest in Google’s Nexus line of phones and tablets. Nexus devices receive Android software updates directly from Google when they’re available, and as Android becomes more fully-featured and polished, this is no small perk. (This writer owns a Verizon Galaxy S3, which still has not officially received 4.1 Jelly Bean, the much-lauded update that was released to Nexus devices months ago.)
The phone has drawn the attention of rabid Nexus fans and casual smart-phone shoppers alike, with its cutting-edge hardware, unlocked GSM mobility, and jaw-droppingly low price ($299 or $349 for 8GB or 16GB, respectively) spurring whirlwind sales. Google apparently underestimated demand for the phone as the official launch, which has been the subject of much controversy, sold out within hours around the world, and even minutes in some markets. Anticipation has been high for Google’s floodgates to open back up, so if you’re of a mind to scoop up Google’s latest Nexus device, act fast – there’s no telling whether Google knows just how many people are waiting.
For T-Mobile customers, the carrier has said it has the Nexus 4 back in stock. You can buy the 16GB version with a new 2-year contract for $199 after a $50 mail-in rebate, or $499 off contract.