Today is the day Google opened the doors to its “playground”, where eager buyers could order the new Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 tablet. But despite the great prices and general excitement surrounding the new devices, Google didn’t think to stock up, and both products sold out in less than an hour this morning.
It’s not just here in the UK either, as reports from Australia, France and Spain all say the same thing, with stock disappearing after just 20 minutes in some cases. As the world and his dog tried to bag one of Google’s cheap gadgets, the lack of stock became less of a problem, as the Google Play store refused to load properly, and devices added to the basket mysteriously disappeared when added.
A search of various Internet forums, Reddit and Twitter reveal more people complaining about not being able to order a Nexus 4 or Nexus 10, than those happy to have got their orders through.
Both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 were announced at the end of October, despite the New York launch event being cancelled due to hurricane Sandy, prompting Google to instead spoil Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 unveiling by sending out all the details five minutes before it began.
The Nexus 4 is the first Nexus phone to be made by LG, and it has a 4.7-inch touchscreen, Android 4.2 and a quad-core Snapdragon processor, while the Nexus 10 is a 10.1-inch Android tablet made by Samsung, with an iPad-beating 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution.
Orders from the USA haven’t started yet, but it’ll be interesting to see if not only can the site remain stable, but if the majority of Google’s stock has been kept in reserve.