It's no secret that the Nexus 4 has been incredibly hard to purchase ever since its launch. Google hasn't been extremely helpful in the process, either. The company doesn't give many hints as to when the device will be available again and where, and according to LG, is even at fault for the shortages in the first place. On Thursday, however, Google finally did something that it should have done a long time ago. The company has published a search tool that allows you to enter in your address to see what local retailers are selling the latest Nexus flagship. There's one downside, though. The tool doesn't actually tell you if the device is in stock. Instead, you have to call ahead or make the trek to the store to find out specific availability.
Also, as we are all aware of, the only retail store selling the Nexus 4 is T-Mobile. So essentially, this tool is providing the same information as a Google Maps search would. Hopefully, there will be more to it in the future, though. Perhaps Google is planning a larger retail rollout to stores such as Best Buy, Target, Radio Shack, and Wal-Mart.
Over the past few weeks, we've seen the Nexus 4 stock slowly improve. The device originally went up for purchase last October and sold out within minute. In fact, Google oversold the device and many customers were on backorder, even though they were promised a shipping time of 3-5 days. The phone went back up for sale briefly before Christmas, but shipment times quickly skyrocketed to over a month, giving almost no hope of a pre-Holiday delivery. The Nexus 4 is currently available for purchase on the Play Store with an estimated shipping time of 2-3 weeks, which is far better than the 6-8 week times we were seeing back in December.
LG says Google is to blame for the poor Nexus 4 availability and that the search giant had very low sale expectations, prompting the manufacturer to not make nearly enough units.
Now that Google is actually doing something to help consumers purchase the Nexus 4, we wouldn't be surprised if supply was finally improving.
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Source: Google Nexus 4 Retail Search