There's been a lot of back-and-forth over the past couple of months about exactly what's been behind the delays in getting the Nexus 4 back in stock on the Google Play Store. Before the holidays Google UK's managing director blamed "scarce and erratic" supplies for some of the issues experienced by Play Store customers. But in recent days LG has told the Korean press that they've had no issues with supplies at their end.
Today, an interview with LG Mobile France director Cathy Robin could give us our clearest indication of what's actually going on behind the scenes with supplies of the LG-made Nexus phone. Speaking with French outlet Challenges.fr, Robin says "the supply problems are not solely related to LG." Apparently Google presented LG with Play Store sales forecasts based on the performance of previous Nexus phones, but these turned out to be far exceeded by actual demand for the device. Despite these issues, she insists things are going "very well" between LG and Google.
The LG director also took the opportunity to dismiss rumors that Nexus 4 production was slowing down or halting entirely. On the contrary, Robin claims that LG is ramping up production, and that by mid-February there should be "no more pressure" on the market.
Additionally, Robin slips in the news that the Optimus G will launch in French stores in March, the clearest timeframe we've seen so far for a European launch of LG's leading high-end smartphone. With that launch window in mind, it's likely we'll get our first look at the European version at Mobile World Congress in late February.
Some other interesting morsels --
Robin denies LG is selling the Nexus 4 at a loss, but says there's an agreement in place with Google to sell it at a "very attractive price."
On larger form factor phones like the Optimus Vu, Robin says that the Vu and Vu 2 have been met with success in Asia, but that it's a niche market, and LG doesn't plan to "persist with this format here in Europe."
LG's attitude to Windows Phone 8 is "pragmatic," but Microsoft's OS "clearly isn't a priority" for the manufacturer.
- On reports that only 375,000 or so Nexus 4s had been sold (based on analysis of serial numbers on Internet forums), Robin describes this number as "much lower" than the actual sales figures.