3G-enabled Nexus 7 back in stock, but no such luck for Nexus 4
The mobile-broadband-equipped tablet can once again be bought through the UK Google Play store, having sold out shortly after its launch. The Nexus 10 is also due to ship soon again, but the Nexus 4 remains out of stock.
On Monday morning, the 3G-enabled Nexus 7 is showing on the Play Store as being back in stock. The Nexus 10 is halfway there ("Ships in 2 weeks"), but the Nexus 4 is still completely unavailable, making it unlikely that it will become available again at Google's relatively low pricing before the end-of-year buying season.
Some operators such as O2 are selling or planning to sell the Nexus 4, but at a far higher price than Google would be charging if the device were not sold out through its site. Three, for example, will charge £400 for the £239 device.
Google's pricing for this year's Nexus devices has been unprecedentedly aggressive. With the Wi-Fi-only Nexus 7, this acted as a stimulus to other tablet makers to push down their prices too.
With mobile phones, though, operators are used to locking customers into two-year contracts — as the hook there is the operator subsidising the handset, this is more difficult to do with a device that is cheap enough for people to buy SIM-free.
That makes the Google Play Nexus 4 pricing particularly disruptive, and will have likely brought the company into conflict with those carriers.