Waits ahead for some Google Nexus 5 models in Europe

Waits ahead for some Google Nexus 5 models in Europe

Summary: Will consumers face lengthy delays to get their hands on the Nexus 5, or have Google and LG prepared better this time?

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Nexus 5 buyers look set to face delays of to three weeks for some models across Europe.

Google announced the arrival of the Nexus 5 on Thursday, which immediately went on sale in major markets across Europe. However, some models of the Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone will reach consumers' hands sooner than others.

Consumers in the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany and France are already looking at longer waiting times for some Nexus 5 variants than the one to two day timeframe that Google set for shipping the devices from its warehouses. Just half a day after the Nexus 5 went on sale, the shipping time for some models in some markets is now up to three weeks.

In France, Google is indicating that it expects the black 32GB model to leave the warehouse on 8 November, which isn't too long, but the wait for the black 16GB model is currently around two to three weeks. The 32GB white model is expected to ship by 4 November, while the 16GB white Nexus 5 should ship on 8 November.

In Germany, Google Play is indicating the 32GB black Nexus 5 will ship on 15 November, while the 16GB black model and both white versions are ready to ship within a couple of working days.

Meanwhile, in the UK, anyone ordering the black models currently won't see the device leave the warehouse until 8 November. Google Play is indicating similar delays in Spain and Italy, though it doesn't appear to have completely run out of supplies in any market yet.

It's still too early to tell whether consumers will face a repeat of the lengthy waits they faced when Google launched the Nexus 4 last year, which saw LG and Google blaming each for the supply shortages.

The Nexus 5 is available from €349 in Europe and £299 in the UK. 

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

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  • Google blew it. Again!

    It is unbelievable.

    Google has made a mess of its inventory supplies. Again.

    You'd think the person responsible would have been fired the last time. The handset supplies have now dried up worldwide. It is a repeat of the Nexus 4 debacle. Google has proven itself incapable of managing a handset release.
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