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LG blames Google for 'miscalculated' Nexus 4 demand

Luke Johnson


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Google Nexus 4 stock shortages have been caused by Google miscalculating sales figures and demand, the handset’s manufacturer LG has suggested.

Speaking out on the on-going stock issues, LG has suggested that, despite having recently attempted to pass the buck to the South Korean manufacturer, Google is in fact to blame for the catastrophic Google Nexus 4 release which has seen consumers repeatedly unable to purchase the Android 4.2 device.

With Google Nexus 4 UK stock still unavailable through the Google Play Store, Cathy Robin, Director of Mobile Communications at LG France, has reportedly stated that “supply problems are not necessarily completely related to LG.”

Shifting the blame back to Google, offering an insight into the seemingly strained relationship between the two tech giants in the process, Robin added: “Google has presented forecasts calculated according to their previous sales history of Nexus. But they have been less [in] demand.”

Claiming that Google Nexus 4 deliveries are “lean” but occurring on a regular basis, Robin’s comments come just days after LG reportedly told Korean media that its Pyeongtaek factory “produced without a hitch” and that “there is no problem in supply.”

Not keen to take responsibility for the Google Nexus 4 stock shortages that continues to leave many wannabe owners disappointed, Google last month branded LG “erratic” and “scarce” in its production before issuing an apology to those unable to snap up the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 competitor.

“I know that what you are going through is unacceptable and we are all working through the nights and weekends to resolve this issue,” Dan Cobley, Managing Director of Google UK and Ireland said. “Supplies from the manufacturer are scarce and erratic, and our communication has been flawed. I can offer an unreserved apology for our service and communication failures in this process.”

Google Nexus 4 Specs

Whilst the Google Nexus 4 specs sheet has seen the Android 4.2 handset competing with the high-end leaders of the smartphone market, its wallet-friendly price tag has seen the device become the most in-demand handset of the moment.

Playing host to a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor alongside 2GB of RAM and the option of 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, the Google Nexus 4 price tags see the two handset options line up at £239 and £279 SIM-free respectively.

With an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera capable of 1080p Full HD video recording, the 9.1mm, 139g Google Nexus 4 is further bolstered by a second 2-megapixel forward-facing snapper and a user appeasing 2,100mAh Lithium Polymer battery.

Have you been left disappointed by the Google Nexus 4 stock issues or were you one of the few lucky enough to snap up a Nexus 4 handset? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

Via: TechRadar


January 5, 2010, 3:26 pm

Damn Apple if thats the price then why would i chose this over a MacBook?


January 5, 2010, 3:47 pm

Will be interesting to see what apple pull out of the bag, personally I hope that the tablet will have some kind of hinge so that you can hold it like a book partly folded, or even as a small laptop with the bottom screen working as a touchscreen keyboard. Also when you fold it out flat there is no bezel down the middle (though some use of a magic hinge or something) so you can use it as a tablet, plus when folded it will be more portable and will protect the screen.

Unlikely I know, but then that would be a revolution to the Tablet world


January 5, 2010, 4:19 pm

@Stelph I wouldn't count on any impossible hinges on it. It'll just be a big ipod touch. I think the most advanced tech in it we could hope for is an OLED screen... even that's not likely. The "revolution" of it will be from the software integration and the fact that magazines and newspapers will be on itunes... Steve jobs will single-handily saves the print industry. Which will mean Apple fanboys will be even more insufferable.


January 5, 2010, 4:26 pm

my bets are something like this. http://netbooked.net/blog/leno...


January 5, 2010, 4:28 pm

Stop it! Stop it, stop it, just... Stop it!

Rumours like this do nothing but bring on the flame-baiting, and stupid people read them as fact and assume that they're true, and then I get irritated because other people hate blindly and never stop to question, then ffrank comes out with his usual anti-Apple drivel and DrDark makes a witty comment about me and every one gets into yet another variation of the same old heated debate and lots more people will complain about the amount of Apple coverage of the site, and... and... and other whinging stuff!!

Your tag line for the Apple story on Dec. 31st was "I'm just as sick of this as you guys.". No, you're not. If you were, you wouldn't be speculating on every other little tid-bit of information.

Rant over. The rest of your work is great, keep *that* up. Report on the isLate if it ever gets announced, until then, there's plenty of other shiny shiny things being announced out there. Ok. *now* the rant is over.



January 5, 2010, 4:44 pm

I've been happily using a Toshiba Tablet PC for 5/6 years (+ 3 high power desktops) - although it had a RAM upgrade and an os change to Vista and Win7 its still going strong. It is time for an upgrade now and as a long time iPhone user I hope the apple tablet will be the one.

The key for me will be a quality high res screen, the User Interface, a fully featured web browser (hello flash etc) and an app store that is as plentyful as the iPhone's.


January 5, 2010, 4:56 pm

@Andrew Violet You're having a laugh yeh? I don't understand why everyone is anticipating what form factor this will be. Sure it will probably be a damn fine device, but it's simply going to be a bigger ipod touch, with maybe some slimmed-down elements of mac OS thrown in for good measure, who knows, it might even be able to handle flash!


January 5, 2010, 5:08 pm

My bets are a tablet version of this......http://netbooked.net/blog/lenovo-anno...


January 5, 2010, 5:57 pm

What's with ugly blob laptop pictures? How in the name of heck do people expect this to have a keyboard on it? Don't you know what a tablet is? Apple has a line of laptops, they aren't going to dirty up the tablet form-factor and their product line by having some jank fat twisty flap under their touch-screen. The "touch" and on screen keyboard of the iphone/pod should be clue enough that is going to be touch only. Hell, I wouldn't even bet money on them letting you use a bluetooth/USB keyboard with it; you know what apple are like.


January 5, 2010, 6:06 pm

"Sources don't come much more credible than the Wall Street Journal"

Is this the same Wall Street Journal that said a Mac Tablet would be unveiled in September?

Tim Sutton

January 5, 2010, 6:15 pm

@ jopey

Yes, yes I do know what Apple are like. Which is why MY money is on the simultaneous release of 'iKeyboard'. It'll cost £199 and won't have a space bar until a firmware update.


January 5, 2010, 7:22 pm

"Sources don't come much more credible than the Wall Street Journal"

Is this the same Wall Street Journal that posts articles written by Rush Limbaugh?


January 5, 2010, 7:31 pm

imagine if they end up releasing a touch screen macbook with a folding screen?

because i seriously cannot picture people sitting down and working on something too big to pocket and without a physical keyboard at home. or on the train. or anywhere, for that matter.


January 5, 2010, 7:39 pm


Oh I agree, itll basically be a big ipod touch, but I can but dream!

Having a hinge but keeping the tablet form factor when flat would make it a revolutionary product in the tablet PC sector as opposed to an evolution IMO. The fact that it would run a modified iPod OS rather than a full OS would keep it seperate from the Macbooks (and because it would essentially be two 5" screens!), but it will never happen "sigh" :-(


January 5, 2010, 9:00 pm

@richard heh I put it in there as an alternative to the generic (I'm just a big ipod touch) and if you actually read the article its quite a good piece of fairly inovative (two popular devices in one) hardware in its own right without having a apple logo on it. Try actually reading rather than just looking!

The hardware in question is the new lenovo ideapad U1 hybrid. When the screen is docked its a CULV laptop with 8 hour battery life with large HDD or SSD and when removed it becomes a standalone tablet with 16GB SSD with an arm snapdragon processor and custom linux build. A very good concept if you ask me - portable media tablet and CULV ultrapotable roled into one not hugely overly expensive package. The media tablet side of things covers the idea of it being a large tablet (with upscaled iphone OS). Whilst the base allows it to be a not hugely underpowered ultra portable macbook.


January 5, 2010, 9:52 pm

who the hell would want a tablet over a more powerful Macbook at 1000 dollars?

I bet it goes for 800+ in the UK.

complete joke


January 5, 2010, 11:37 pm

@ ilovethemonkeyhead - " because i seriously cannot picture people sitting down and working on something too big to pocket and without a physical keyboard at home. or on the train. or anywhere, for that matter"

What about anyone who uses a sony ereader or amazon kindle - same thing but with countless more possibilities. I for one am looking forward to this


January 6, 2010, 2:02 am

@ supersizeme: just one major problem with that an ebook reader uses eInk which can be far easier on the eye whereas the apple tablet will not so it will be far better for video and also colour pictures but won't be as good for long text such as a book or newspaper.


January 6, 2010, 3:33 am

why would anyone buy it over a macbook.portability and price a macbook weighs nearly 5 pounds,knowing apple this would weigh 600g or less and be half as thick.

use your imagination it could be a web browser,ereader,logitech harmony type device with hand free calling maybe even control your plugs and light switches.

knowing apple whatever the price we will all want one.


January 6, 2010, 2:05 pm

@betelgeus "knowing apple whatever the price we will all want one."

You wanna be careful with phrases like that 'round these parts... ;)

Tim Sutton

January 6, 2010, 2:53 pm

@ betelgeus

"knowing apple whatever the price we will all want one."

No. This is a tech site, blind iZombie fanboys prefer to be in places where no-one around them has the knowledge to laugh in their faces and they can all be baselessly smug together over their slickly presented but ultimately mediocre products.

Didn't want a netbook, don't want a nettablet. sarcasm: Not even if it come with the truly wonderful iTunes. /sarcasm


January 6, 2010, 2:56 pm

I agree with cub. This is a reviews website. Please don't descend to the level of rumour mongering. There are loads of blogs out there for those who want that, and I even subscribe to a few myself. I have noticed that rumours about tech releases are often wildly inaccurate.

Amusingly, they often the same cycle though. It goes like this:

1) Rumours surface about a tech release and bloggers blog.

2) Bloggers and their commenters get all agitated and indignant about some aspect of the rumour they don't like. Comments typically form the "they better not do xyz because then they will be the root of all evil" form.

3) The tech is released and turns out to be an evolutionary development of what went before, and the facts completely defuse the indignation of all those referred to in the second stage.

Frankly no-one benefits from this!


January 6, 2010, 4:44 pm

google "lenovo ideapad u1" gives you the basic idea


January 7, 2010, 1:19 am

@Bluepork - it's actually a news and reviews website, hence the 50/50 split on the front page, but thanks for checking. You also seem to be confused about what rumour mongering is. Rumour mongering is spreading unsubstantiated claims as fact. News reporting is reporting what news is hot on the Internet (fact, rumours or otherwise) and analysing their merits, which is what has been done here.


January 18, 2013, 5:23 pm

The quotes from Dan Cobley were made about a month or more ago - it's dishonest to repeat them here as if they're recent. Not a good look, TR.

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