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The Google Nexus 4 went on sale today, but it's already sold out here in the UK.

Google today launched the latest addition to its Nexus smartphone range, the Google Nexus 4, today around the world. However, within an hour of it going on sale through the Google Play store, it sold out.

Head on over to the relevant sales page and you'll be confronted with a 'Coming Soon' message, along with an email field for you to register for notification on stock availability.

It's easy to see why the Google Nexus 4 has been such a sensational success. It offers a high-end Android device - the official flagship for the next year, no less - with a 4.7-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM an 8-megapixel camera and the very latest version of the Android OS.

All this at a cost of just £239 for the 8GB model or £279 for the 16GB model. To put that into context, the 8GB model is less than half the price of a 16GB iPhone 5 (at £525) direct from Apple. If you were to buy a 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 direct from Samsung, meanwhile, it would set you back £499.99.

Nexus 10

Elsewhere, Google's other big release of the day - the Google Nexus 10 - is still available from the Google Play store at the time of writing.

The Google Nexus 10 is Google's first full-sized Nexus tablet. The Samsung-manufactured device offers a 10-inch 2560 x 1600 HD display, a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, a 5-megapixel main camera and a choice of 16 or 32GB of storage.

It too is a bit of a bargain, though not quite on the same level as the Google Nexus 4. The 16GB model costs just £319 - £80 cheaper than the similarly specced iPad 4.

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Charm El Snake

November 13, 2012, 4:28 pm

The person in charge of stocking the Nexus 4 might be interested in knowing the BBC are currently looking for people in the wake of the Savile & Newsnight scandals. Your lack of foresight and general ineptitude is just what they are looking for.
I would say the Nexus 4 sold out in about 20 minutes. I kept trying to buy one but the Google Play servers just kept crashing. Bunch of Muppets! How many did they have in stock? 12?
I don't know whether this was a poorly judged marketing stunt or woeful stocking levels, but Google have managed to alienate many potential buyers.

ElectricSheep

November 13, 2012, 10:53 pm

Don't worry, it's just a time old ruse to get free media coverage. It would be nice if tech sites didn't always fall for it, but I suppose it gets them page hits so it's a win all round.

Apple to it all the time with their engineered low stock warnings designed to get stories in the press and get the punters frothing at the bit to get their hands on one of the 'few' remaining current stock.

After the consumer's frustration has hit fever pitch, you follow this up with a massive saturation of the market with all the stock you've artificially built up in storage.

I know, i'm such a cynic.

Windy

November 14, 2012, 1:43 am

I think it was a bit better planned than that. I too spent a really frustrating 30 minutes with the site crashing cart emptying and continual error message. But to vent my spleen and in good faith to give feed back I tried for 20 minutes to find anywhere on the site to leave a message to explain what was going on. Of course they knew it was going to be a disaster so no a single location lets you send a message to support. I think the guys who coded the apple maps app moved to googles ecommerce division. It was a master stroke in getting you frustrated and then not giving a damn about how poor the service was. Funny enough I don't mind something selling out. Tell me and I can deal with it but this was a shocking litany of errors and complete waste of an hour.

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