Google’s latest addition to its smartphone lineup, the LG Nexus 4, went on sale today and proved to be extremely popular in the U.S., despite its lack of 4G LTE connectivity, selling out from the Google Play store within minutes.
Potential customers hoping to secure themselves either an 8GB unit, which runs for $300, or the 16GB model, which costs $50 more, were sorely disappointed to find a “notify me” notice below both devices on Google’s website. Yet, they were not nearly as frustrated as those who had the phone in their cart, only to be met with a server error when it came time to pay, as some users are reporting.
Users across the pond also experienced some difficulty with Google’s Play Store, reporting the site was slow and buggy. Though that didn’t slow sales of the 4.7-inch Android device, as the handset sold out in less than an hour after going on sale.
More about the Nexus 4
Running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), the Nexus 4 is the first smartphone to ship with Google’s latest operating system, bringing users new features such as 360 degree panorama picture-taking capabilities and Gesture Typing, which lets users glide their finger over the letters they want to type on the keyboard.
The handset packs a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM, and features an 8-megapixel rear camera, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter.
The version in the Google Play store is sold unlocked, and therefore can be used with either AT&T or T-Mobile. It supports 4G HSPA+ but not 4G LTE.
The LG Nexus 4 sells without a contract from Google, though a 16GB variant of the device will be available from T-Mobile for $200 with a two-year contact starting tomorrow.