A lot of hype had surrounded Google Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG)’s latest offering, which was the Nexus 4 smartphone. As it is with all over-hyped and long-awaited products, the launch was a gala affair. But no one expected the Nexus 4, which is touted as being Google’s flagship smartphone, to be sold within minutes of being unveiled the official UK Play Store.
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The first reports of the product being sold out came up on Twitter around 8:40 am, which was actually only 10 minutes after the smartphone hit the shelves in the UK. If reports are to be believed, both the 8GB and 16GB models of the Nexus 4 are already sold out! When speculations were running rife, Google's official Play Store still had the status of the device as “coming soon”. In fact, Google had declined to comment when asked about the date when Nexus 4 would be available for sale.
The Nexus 4 smartphone was released a few weeks back in end October and is powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, which is yet another new offering from Google. The target market for Nexus 4 seems to be the same affordable one as the company’s Nexus 7 tablet. That is why the price for the 8GB and 16GB models are a modest £239 and £279 respectively.
Along with its brand new Nexus 10 tablet by Samsung and of course the Nexus 4 smartphone, Google has introduced an update to its Play Store as well. The update allows
users to buy and rent movies and also brings the company's Music service to Europe. Apparently, the 32GB model of the Nexus 10
tablet, priced at £389 is sold out, although the 16GB model at £319 is
available till now.