Google Nexus 4 and 10 to go on sale in the US at 9am Pacific?

Google Nexus 4 and 10 to go on sale in the US at 9am Pacific?

Summary: Google's flagship phone and tablet devices sold out within an hour of going on sale in the UK - Be ready to snap them up when they go on sale in the US today.

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I'm not one of those guys who stands in line at an Apple store for 2 days before their latest iDevice goes on sale. I am, however, sitting on line waiting for the Nexus 4 to go on sale here in the States. As I wrote early this morning, I've decided on a configuration and carrier for the new phone, but, like lots of other Android diehards, am still waiting for the device to go on sale. According to The Verge, I should be ready to click at right at noon Eastern time.

Zack Whittaker reported on CNET that both models of the Nexus 4 and the 32GB Nexus 10 were sold out in the UK within an hour of going on sale this morning. Other European Google Play stores sold out quickly as well:
The 4.7-inch Android device went on sale in the U.K. on Tuesday, alongside Google's two latest tablets, the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 -- and it looks like the devices are proving popular. According to reports on Twitter, some customers found that stocks of lowest priced Nexus 4, the 8GB version, had been snapped up within a mere 15 minutes of going on sale.
Although Google hasn't officially announced a time that the devices will go on sale in the States, The Verge reports that sources expect the US Play Store to be updated at 9am Pacific, noon Eastern.
 
Google is widely respected for its redundancy, load balancing, and failover capabilities, but many European users were reporting sitewide slowdowns and problems, presumably due to traffic and demand. The question for this morning, though, is whether Google will be able to correct issues and scale capacity in the US based on the results of the launch in Europe today. Because of the higher volumes expected in the States, the European launch could almost be considered a "soft launch", which either bodes well for a better experience for US buyers as Google proactively adds capacity (we hope) or is another indicator that Google gets search far better than it gets e-commerce. If the latter is true, then US buyers should expectsome challenges getting their hands on what many are expecting to be a great phone that nudges consumers to think differently about unlocked, carrier-independent devices.
 
I'll post my buying experience soon (hopefully) and will update throughout the day on availability and Play Store stability.

 

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  • Nexus 4 issues

    Build quality:
    http://www.xda-developers.com/android/nexus-4-battery-shot-reveals-potential-quality-issues/

    Thermal throtteling
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6440/google-nexus-4-review
    IE11
    • Plus no 4G / LTE

      Which you will miss in a few months as all your friend are getting much faster LTE capable phones
      IE11
      • SOLD OUT!

        I guess not everyone feels the same way!
        digital838
  • Google Nexus 4 Just Went on Sale at 11:30am EST

    I just got mine!! Yay!!
    josafatsjoy
    • Got

      Got mine at 6:33am HST! Yes!
      jay-mcsc
  • Got mine as well :)

    Orders started a bit early, instead of 9 am, it started by 8.40 am PST.

    Got mine
    Jeet Bookseller
  • Still Nothing

    I've been refreshing the Google play nexus 4 page every 5 minutes since 8:30 AM PST, still nothing. Anyone else having this problem??
    Seth Kuhlman
  • Got my Nexus 4 16 GB at 12:08 pm Central time

    I got one. It’s not sold out…See picture here: http://t.co/20b8lxqZ You must keep refreshing the cart until you see an ADD TO CART. Sometimes, when you add, it shows empty cart. But I kept trying for about 5 minutes and then… it worked and I was able to order at 12:08 pm Central time USA. I plan on using this phone with the Solavei network, which will allow it to have 4G speeds on the HSPA+ Network. Solavei allows for unlimited talk, text and data for only $49 a month – all you can eat, no gimmicks. Heard about it? http://unlimitedmobileminutes.net.
    goldmills