LG confirms Google Nexus 4 shortage

The shortage of Google Nexus 4 devices is a result of high demand, according to the handset manufacturer.

LG has confirmed that there is a shortage of Google Nexus 4 handsets.

The head of mobile at LG UK, Andy Coughlin, told CNET UK on Thursday that the phone "had proven extremely popular, and as such retailers have been met with huge demand".

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The shortage of Google Nexus 4 devices is a result of high demand, LG says.

"We are working closely with Google to ensure that those who wish to purchase a handset are able to do so," Coughlin added.

Both the 8GB and the 16GB versions, which cost £239 and £279 respectively, are currently unavailable in the Google Play store.

The 8GB Nexus 4 is listed as "sold out" on the Google Play store, with customers advised to "check back soon". Meanwhile, the 16GB version is described as "shipping soon", with more stock expected in five to six weeks' time. 

While the Google Play store may be lacking Nexus 4 devices, both the 8GB and 16GB versions of the phone are available from Carphone Warehouse on Vodafone, Orange, Three, T-Mobile, and O2 networks. Mobile operator O2 is also offering the 16GB phone for sale at £399, or for free when customers take out a two-year contract over £36. 

The device went on sale in the UK on 13 November and sold out on the same day. It subsequently returned briefly to the Google Play store before selling out again.

The Nexus 4 has an 8-megapixel camera, wireless charging and NFC capability. The device, Google's fourth smartphone, runs the latest Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.2.