Black Google Nexus 5 model sold out in the UK?

Black Google Nexus 5 model sold out in the UK?

Summary: Less than a week after launch, would-be 32GB black Nexus 5 buyers in the UK face an indefinite wait for Google or LG to replenish supplies.


The wait for Google's latest Nexus 5 smartphones is going up and up: just six days after launching in the UK it appears Google has run out of the 32GB black model.

Brits who hoped to buy the black Nexus 5 32GB model are out of luck, with Google Play now indicating it's out of inventory for the model, which sold via Google's store for £339.

Assuming it's not a glitch in the website, there's no telling when supplies will be replenished, though customers can still buy the device from UK carrier O2 for £529.   

Delays lengthened almost immediately after the Nexus 5's launch, impacting buyers in other parts of Europe where Google appears to be on course to run out of inventory too.

Germans are facing a four to five week wait on the 32GB black model, and two to three weeks for all other models.

It's a similar story in France, where the wait on 16GB and 32GB black models is four to five weeks, and the delay on the white has widened to two to three weeks. Most versions were originally meant to ship within days.

So are Google's Nexus reference smartphones more popular than it expected them to be or has it just miscalculated demand for the latest Nexus, again? 

ZDNet has asked Google for confirmation whether it has run out of the the 32GB black Nexus 5 in the UK and will update the story if it gets an answer.

Further reading

Topics: Android, Google, Hardware, Smartphones, United Kingdom

Liam Tung

About Liam Tung

Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, security and telecommunications journalist with ZDNet Australia. These days Liam is a full time freelance technology journalist who writes for several publications.

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.


Log in or register to join the discussion
  • No different from the 4

    We went through this whole mess when Google released the 4. A small amount of 4 devices were available, the majority of which appeared on eBay, then Google ran out.

    Funnily enough you could buy the handset from O2 sim-free for a rip-off price or plunge for a 24 month contract costing you even more.

    I guess O2 have crossed Google's palm with exclusivity gold.

    The process is very infuriating and not mirrored by Apple. If Google intend to be a serious contender, in their own right, then they need to stop these appalling launches.

    Do they seriously believe people won't realise what they are doing?
  • I'm alright Jack! Oh, wait...

    Well I'd be fine, having ordered my black 32GB device on launch night, and received it on Monday. Only trouble is, it has a faulty display and won't recognise any SIM card, and for some reason Google treats replacements as new orders that you get refunded for, so I now have to wait 2-3 weeks for new stock to get my duff handset replaced!
  • Of - course.

    to-make-it-look-like-it-is-really-selling-well-just-make-in-limited-quantities-so-that-it-will-sell-out-quickly-thus-making-it-look-like-demand-is-really-high. /s
  • All these kind of product releases

    Will eventually come to a "sold out" status very quickly.
    Tell me something new....