Nexus 4

Third-party retailers still selling the device, but no indication of how long stock will hold

Update: The Verge is reporting via a "trusted source" that this is the end of the road for the Nexus 4 in the U.S., and that no new N4 stock will be arriving.

Original story: After seeing the 8GB version of the Nexus 4 go out of stock on Google Play a mere two weeks ago, we have to say it isn't completely surprising that the 16GB version has just gone out of stock today as well. Now normally we wouldn't give too much thought to a device going out of stock on the Play Store — the Nexus 4 has a pretty shaky history of availability — but the timing here is more interesting than usual.

If you recall back to our original coverage of the 8GB model going out of stock, sources familiar with the situation indicated that it would not be restocked in the Play Store, letting the 16GB live on as the only model. Now with both variants unavailable from Google Play, we have to think its a little late in this device's life cycle to be refreshing the inventory levels.

Now of course if you're still looking to get your hands on a Nexus 4 there are plenty of options out there. Naturally, third-party retailers still have both capacities in stock in many cases — T-Mobile will even sell you one still. But the device going out of stock (potentially for good) from Google directly likely hints to something coming to take its place soon.

Of course many people are also noting that the Nexus 7 LTE has gone out of stock in the Play Store today too, but we don't see how the two are related. When demand outpaces supply in the first run of a product, it goes out of stock — we can probably expect more New Nexus 7's to be available soon.

 
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Noooooooo!

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Glenn Correa says:

Well. I saw that coming...

Nexus 5. Bring it on!

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Hunter Petit says:

Awww yeah!

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thegrants82 says:

Yeah baby!

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Bye bye Nexus 4 :)

You had a great run, Nexus 4. Everyone who had one loved one. That said, bring on the new Nexus 5!

drwohl says:

I still love mine.

VoltaicShock says:

I had made up my mind to buy the nexus 4 today too - :(

sublimaze says:

You only had 10 months to decide...

MERCDROID says:

Burn!

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Paul Simiyu says:

+9001

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luikiedook says:

Buy it from somewhere else then

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MERCDROID says:

But, you do realize, the price is going to skyrocket, if you purchase anywhere other than the Play Store...

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TheMimic12 says:

Prints were higher already on other places. A 16 GB Nexus 4 goes for
about 400 on newegg.com.

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npco543 says:

That sucks, but yea, you had plenty of time. We all knew the 5 was on it's way, and the 8 going out of stock should have been an indication that it was time to act.

I'm glad I snagged one, it's a great phone and I still almost feel like I stole it @ $250.

Johnny Z says:

/just/ a great phone? :-P

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Tyson Fulton says:

I agree. Ordered my 16GB version the day of the $100 price drop. I was afraid they'd sell out quick. I knew the Nexus 5 was coming but $250 was too good to pass up. Besides I can always get the 5, too! :-)

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That's what I did and will do. Bought it the day the price dropped. My T-Mobile contract is up next month and I plant to buy a couple of Note 3's or GS 4's on subsidy via a third party retailer, sell them and buy the next nexus phone with the profits. It's great to have a great grandfather ed plan from TMo!

MartyDel says:

Let me know when the Nexus 6 gets here. Me and Pris will have a lot of catching up to do...

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Ridlah says:

There goes the best thing to spend $250 on :/

Johnny Z says:

I think even if it was still at $350 it's still the best thing!

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I agree. Even this far into the game it is still one of the top Android phones out there. And won't be obsolete in another ten months.

Johnny Z says:

+9000.1

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Jacques says:

The price point made it hard to pass up. I had to resist getting one myself. Now that it's sold out, bring on the Nexus 5 :-)

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I'm hoping a limited stock of them shows up on Groupon. I'd get one as a fallback device for sure.

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Lots of resellers in all kinds of places (including ebay) now.

dakid2k6 says:

Glad I bought it when I did once the price dropped. Now I cant wait for the new nexus to buy.

Time for the next Nexus.

Problem is they haven't even invited the press out for the announcement much less even scheduled one. Means we are at least several weeks out at a minimum, surely.

hmmm says:

Yeah, several weeks to the announcement of the announcement and then a good month or two from the announcement to the release.

return_0 says:

What? The N4 was released two weeks after it was announced...

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npco543 says:

Yea, released 2 weeks later, but immediately sold out and several months until generally available. Maybe that's what he meant.

buggyman says:

Glad I picked up an extra

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planoman says:

Excellent! Let's go new Nexus!

rootedVette says:

:popcorn:

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MERCDROID says:

I'm glad I grabbed one. I'll probably get the next Nexus, too.

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Going to be a wait for the 5

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Qwkslvrmz says:

Even though I love this phone, I'm ready for the upgrade!! Bring on the new nexus!! Maybe I'll be able to get a little more cash for mine now... Lol

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Got the N4 in white myself. Was wondering about the resale myself.

ScottJ says:

The big winners? Leaches on Craigslist. They can go back to an inflated price. They already tried to charge a premium price for the 8GB model when it sold out.

MERCDROID says:

Yeah, unfortunately, people will pull that crap again. I'm sure, the same thing will happen, when the next Nexus is released.

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Ozman44 says:

I ordered my Nexus 4 when the price dropped. I'm very impressed with the speed of the phone. Coming from the Galaxy Nexus I didn't think there would be that great of difference in the speed of the device but I was very wrong. I am wondering how much faster the Nexus 5 will be.

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MERCDROID says:

Yeah, I was wrong, too. Coming from the Galaxy Nexus, I was surprised to see no lag from the Nexus 4; and I've been using it heavily, each day.

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TheMimic12 says:

Might be the sOc. The Galaxy Nexus has a1.2gHz dual-core TI OMAP processor and 1 GB of RAM. Compare that to a 1.5 gHz Qualcomm snapdragon chip and 2 GB of RAM, and you would certainly hope the Nexus 4 performs better.

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MERCDROID says:

Haha yeah, true.

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Speaking of the galaxy nexus....will it see 4.4? Or even 4.3??

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MERCDROID says:

The Google Play Edition Galaxy Nexus is on 4.3. I believe 4.4 is the last update it will receive, as it would have been 2 years of updates.

I can't speak for the Verizon GNex. If it does see another update, it'll be the last one, for sure.

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Yeah I forgot to mention the Sprint/Verizon version

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Glad I grabbed mine when I did last week....it makes a perfect replacement device, and I love being all free n' clear of contract entanglements -- and the entanglements of manufacturer UIs and carrier bloatware!

I'm looking forward to the Google Play version of the N5, or whatever they decide to call it, but take your time n' get it right, Google n' LG (presumably). I'm happy with my N4 and it'll keep me happy for a good while....I can wait.

It's a Nexus, so there really shouldn't need to be a GPe.

mndavo says:

I am glad I bought one. Enjoying every second with it. Plus it was hard to pass by $250 price tag.

hmmm says:

Bring on the Nexus 5 baby. I hope Google and Sprint worked something out so that they can be sold through Google. Maybe do something similar to how Apple does it.

Chiefthunder says:

Noooooooooooooo!!!!

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4limguy says:

The time for a new Nexus is upon us.

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Michael Kerr says:

That is a sign of good things are on the way. Both the 8 and 16GB models are still in stock here in Australia.

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nimos says:

Yep.. I've been considering getting one for my bro as a b'day gift this month-end. I saw this headline today morn and immediately checked Google Play Australia, and its still listed. Better not ponder it any longer, I guess.

NoNexus says:

I feel sorry for the people who got it. Worse for the ones that thought the other was a steal....

ScottJ says:

Give it a rest, loser.

Does someone pay you to troll Nexus posts?

MERCDROID says:

It's actually a great phone. I'm still in the market, for the next Nexus device, though. But, the Nexus 4 is one helluva phone and will be one helluva backup.

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NoNexus says:

It is the storage that is the loser for me. I won't just "go to the cloud" and 16 GB is not enough for what I need.

I am pissed that Google didn't set a standard with 32/64 GB of storage. 8/16 makes the N4 a loser for me

rampage1979 says:

With so many options out there with those specs why do you feel the need to bash on this one? Should we nexus fans take jabs at your Note 3 (when you get it) at the fact your still running jelly bean 6 months after kitkat is released?

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Your posts make you a loser for everyone.

rampage1979 says:

Why would you feel sorry for them? The nexus 4 is a beast of a phone and will be supported by Google for years to come.

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JoeZone says:

Feel sorry for your mother.

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NoNexus says:

Why because she slept with you mom?

MERCDROID says:

And I watched?

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mlogician says:

It is available right now.

MERCDROID says:

Yaaaay!! Get it, while it's hot, boys!!

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plunder says:

Most expect a N5. But could this be LTE or more memory related in some markets?

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Yogi217 says:

This means the accessories for my newly purchased Nexus 4 will be going on sale... I feel a new case coming my way very soon!

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teekz says:

Glad I picked mine up when the priced dropped! It is an awesome phone.

Theot says:

I don't understand why they wouldn't keep selling them so long as they are still selling. Or maybe Google isn't going to carry them but 3rd party retailers will still get new stock? Hell of a budget phone for some carriers. Why not. I'm pretty sure you can still get new versions of the GS2 so why not have a great phone like the N4 out there for a couple more years. Apple still sells a lot of 4S's.

Maybe I'm just sad I never got a chance to get one as I've been under contract it's entire life cycle.

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movielover76 says:

So glad I picked up a 16gb version for my girlfriend's birthday, she's on net10 $50 unlimited plan with a very old featurephone that gets basic web on a really pathetic wap browser, at $249 it was an absolute no-brainer.

When I saw the 8GB model drop out of stock I knew I had to snatch one up, great phone for a amazing price. I was a little afraid she would think the phone too big so I researched what else you could get for around $200 - $299 off contract and the results and down right depressing. Nexus4 blows everything else in it's price range away.

MarkSeven says:

Dammit!

sbalchand says:

i had bought the 8GB on Sep 1.

wanted to order another one on sunday, but didn't realise they were out of 8GB ones...duh i should've known better :)

so ordered the 16GB ... just in time.... phew!!! i'm glad i did, for once my timing was good :))

Yes! Same here! Just in time...mine is on the UPS truck as I type this on it's way home :D

tsipka says:

I have bought 3 nexus phones for myself and my family since the price drop. Two 8GB and one 16GB. There is simply no phone I would reccomend over the Nexus 4 at this point. I am still buying the Nexus 5 when it comes out

Oh dear Nexus 4. How I longed for you. My sister bought the 8 GB about 5 days before the price drop (they gave her the $100 rebate with no problem). I activated it for her and just in the time I activated the thing, I fell in love with it. I was sort of hoping they'd still be available later this fall so I could replace my Galaxy S3 with one. But this gives me an excuse to go for the Nexus 5. As long as it's on the miraculous subsidy that Google placed the Nexus 4 on. I am both thrilled and depressed at this news. Not surprised though because the 16GB staying in stock was nothing but a pipe dream.

MERCDROID says:

Yeah, Google is trying hard, to not be stuck with unsold stock.

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Ken C1 says:

I'm hoping whatever the new nexus device is, it will be compatable with verizon network

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MERCDROID says:

If it is compatible with Verizon it'll probably only work with their LTE bands, as the CDMA tech is proprietary and would slow down updates.

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stvo says:

I'll hang on to mine until March

BeauCharles says:

I am somewhat happy the nexus 4 is sold out now bring out t he nexus 5 which im assuming is the same price

I love my Nexus 4 but the glass right to the edge makes it that much more fragile, first cell phone ive ever cracked the screen, that and the back got all scratched to hell which I dont care about but now for the next model to replace my touch phone with only 80% touching field working woot woot

jeffreytz says:

I would love to know what the final/total production run numbers were for the Nexus 4. Even though it's not my daily driver at this point I plan to hang on to my 16GB model for a long time.

So happy I ordered one while they were still in stock! Loving it!

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