[citation][nom]joytech22[/nom]This isn't a low-demand device by ANY means.[/citation]
Demand is not the problem, production volume was for the first two months after launch: only 70k and 90k units for Oct. and Nov. respectively.
This is much lower than most other launches of similarly hyped devices that often sell over 500k units/month for several months.
This supply problem seriously hurt their business... I have been checking the play store daily for well over a month now, and it's finally got to the point where i give up. I hope Google never works with LG again. I have to hate on Google a bit too, they obviously knew it would be in extremely high demand given the specs for the price... They never should have released a product if they weren't prepared to meet the demand.. I wouldn't be so pissed if they had at least labelled it as a "limited edition" or something, or announced that there was going to be a short supply of them beforehand.. But the way they launched it knowing it would immediately sell out, and then just leave it in the play store labelled as "sold out" with no mention of when it could become available, and even eliminate the option of being notified when it comes in stock, it's just completely unaceptable.. Tomorrow i'm going to go spend twice as much money on a Nokia Lumia 920,even though Windows 8 it doesn't have the app selection of Android. So f*** Google and f*** LG.
Supply problems aren't a big deal for me; my contract with Telus is up in 4 months and I already have a Galaxy Nexus. Nexus 4 will be my new gadget and my wife can use my galaxy nexus afterwards. I seriously don't understand how some people can be so upset about the specs either; they're pretty close to cutting edge; and at that price point you just simply can't get anything better unless you sign some sort of binding contract. I would recommend this phone to anyone that doesn't want to sign a contract or wants the most up to date android OS.
By releasing a phone that beats all other android pones in the value-for-$ segment by far, Google is competing with its own partners. It isn't wise to bite the hand that feeds you, so Google creates the hype without selling too many phones. Google isn't interested in making $ from Nexus 4, it only wants to create the hype, and show its partners that they need to do better (better value phones with up-to-date OS - which is what nexus 4 is). Google is basically telling its partners: "If you don't do a better job, remember that I have the potential to create a far better device than any one of you has right now, and you don't want me to do that and eat into your profits, now do you?" - hence the limited stock, because Google just want to bluff that it can eat its own partners for breakfast. Google wants as many partners as possible, and wants them to complete with each other, while google sits back and counts the $.