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LG claims there has been no Nexus 4 supply issue, and denies new Nexus coming

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LG claims there has been no Nexus 4 supply issue, and denies new Nexus coming
You may not believe this if you've been one of the people constantly checking the Google Play Store since November, but LG would like you to believe that there actually hasn't been any supply issue with the Nexus 4. Additionally, LG has said that the rumors about the company working on a new Nexus device are "unfounded".

We know that we literally just reported on the rumor of LG shifting production from the Nexus 4 to a new Nexus device, but that's the trouble with news: it just keeps happening. 

The statements on both issues come from an unnamed LG official speaking to the Chosun Ilbo. In addition to saying that there were no problems with the Nexus 4 production, the official also said that production was going on as planned. This sets up something of a "he said/she said", because Google said that Nexus 4 supply from LG was "scarce and erratic". If we are to believe Google, then the LG official is lying. And, if we are to believe LG, then that brings up the question of whether Google's "plan" broken, because even companies that actively drive demand through low production (ie Nintendo) wouldn't have production numbers as low as the Nexus 4. 

The denial of the next gen Nexus device is really just boilerplate stuff that really doesn't mean much one way or the other. Even if the rumor is true, LG won't admit to it before Google announces the device, so it's not surprising to see the official saying the rumors were "unfounded". Of course, if you're inclined to believe that there will be a new Nexus device, we would point out that there is a difference between "unfounded" and "untrue". 

source: Chosun Ilbo via The Verge

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posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:06 5

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


that was fast LOL

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:28 4

5. hung2900 (Posts: 817; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


It's easy to understand. That's not an issue of LG because purposely it has tried to limit the supply.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 22:58 1

20. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


LG I am still looking for a replacement for my broken Nexus4 screen that I broke in December. Do anybody knows where to buy a new lcd screen for my nexus4. The only one I found was listed in ebay for $228 and that is too much. :(

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 03:13

40. anshul0000 (unregistered)


check on dx.com

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 23:21

21. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


This is bound to happen.
Google released a Nexi with an OS version of 4.2 when 5 is just some months away.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:10 2

2. papss (unregistered)


Wow... Maybe they need to talk about this in private and come with the same story

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:12 7

3. lonestrider (Posts: 85; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


No Nexus 4 supply issue. Wow.
How many people need to wait for weeks to order? How many can't get it because it's sold out? How many actually can buy the device and how many people want it?

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 23:34 2

22. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5922; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


It is actually quite simple - lie often in hopes the lie will be confused for the truth. LG is taking the concept to heart.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 05:27

34. Tones (Posts: 52; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


6 weeksnow im waiting on mine. to be fair, they did say 5-6 weeks to ship. But if its taking that long, and you cant actually order it from google, then either there is supply issues from LG or google dont want to sell that many of them for whatever reason.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:14 3

4. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Just one question...Then why isn't the damn thing in stock...? Really duck you LG...

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:29 5

6. HTCOE (Posts: 512; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


fix this Motorola please

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 22:52 1

19. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Yes enough of LG i want Moto to step it up and bring in the NXT Nexus ..i just can't wait for Nexus 4 anymore..it''s always unavailable & it sure seems like LG is trying their best to produce less (since Google gave it at an unbelievable price)

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:30 2

7. JGuinan007 (Posts: 638; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Wait how do we know the next Nexus will be made by LG? Did I miss something? And if they are so bad with keeping up the supply why would Google allow LG to make next one?

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 20:36 1

8. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


Ok you can put the kibosh on that story. BTW I love how Nintendo just gets thrown in there when it comes to driving demand via low production. haha! That is right Nintendo we all know you do that.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:00

9. HTCOE (Posts: 512; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


can a nintendo wii get thrown into this convo bc this is straight up pointless!

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:21 2

10. AfterShock (Posts: 2904; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


LG short shipped themselves to drive sales of their flagship at near twice the cost of the nexus.

Huh, go figure their trying to do damage control, Google should never do business again with LG for more then this alone.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 21:30

11. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


Maybe the nexus 4 is about something different?
Something where numbers sold dont matter?
A bigger picture, we dont know about?
What if Google only wants to sell 400,000/500,000 N4 a Quarter?
What if its a Experiment? Supply and Demand Test? Patience Test? Pricing Test?

Like Google Fiber thats only available in one city?

End Rant

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 01:08

27. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Teasing Apple and it served it's purpose

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 11:18

36. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2686; Member since: 26 May 2011)


That doesn't really make sense though. Numbers sold weren't the aim with the previous Nexus devices either, but Google was better able to keep those in stock. If it were an experiment/supply & demand test, it should be over by now. Google knows what the demand is, but hasn't changed the supply at all.

I'm far more willing to believe that LG simply isn't building enough, because at least that makes sense.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 13:29

37. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I think this is just an overblown demand that no one expected. All the previous nexus devices combined probably only equal 2-3 million sales total. Legendary devices.. that almost no one had. The G-Nex was the biggest previous sales success and it was barely a million seller if I remember right and mostly because it was available directly through VZW.
The Nexus 4 has been confirmed to sell what.. 750k so far with all the supply constraints? That's probably what they thought it would sell for most of the year. Pretty impressive when you think about the fact that its only ACTUALLY been for sale in the play store for like 20 minutes in 3 months lol.

The phone is awesome, and its by far the best deal in phones right now. I just think they didnt think demand would be sky high considering its only for sale on GSM and through the Play Store, alt stores, and "some" Tmobile stores.

But, its beyond time to open up another supply line and get cranking.. they've had plenty of time for that. They should have been back in stock or at least have a only a short wait by now for ordering.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 22:11

12. cretinick (Posts: 147; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


They say that the rumors about the company working on a new Nexus device are unfounded.

But they don't say that the rumors are false... ;¬)

It's all about semantics...

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 22:20 2

13. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Pathetic! I ended up buying myself a Lumia 920 instead, after being SOL waiting forever for the Nexus 4 to become available. While Nokia did seem to have some supply related issues as well, it has been no where near as bad as with Google and LG. Unfortunately, the Nexus 4 might as well be vaporeware, and there is no point marketing something that nobody can buy...

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 22:21

14. mick25 (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Looks like everybody here failed Economics 101. HURR DURR DAMAGE CONTROL HURRR ITS A CONSPIRACY

If I were to sell a phone for $300 when I could be selling it for $600, I would be reluctant to supply any, let alone even sell it at all.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 22:28

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


you guys do know you can buy the nexus 4 off of ebay right? lol .....its probably gonna cost you more money though...

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 22:33 2

16. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


What's the point then, having to pay extra for a second hand smartphone that doesn't even have LTE? Nexus 4 is basically DEAD.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 23:43

23. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


ebay sells FACTORY SEALED items too bro.....not just second hand.........also the reason why you are gonna have to pay more here is because it will be...........factory sealed as well as the phone being unlocked. So if you really cant wait and would like a brand new and unlocked phone, check out the link below

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=lg+nexus+4+&_trksid=p5197.c0.m1950

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 00:34 1

24. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


The reality is that the NEXUS 4 project has failed, due to insufficent supply. It would appear LG has produced less than 400,000 for the Quarter, and that ain't good. I'm not saying the Phone was bad, but if you have to pay extra on ebay, then it's not worth it...

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 00:47

25. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


ummm once again......THE EXTRA, is because IT IS UNLOCKED! as well as FACTORY SEALED.......if it were locked to a carrier and contract it would be around the same price as what google is selling it for.........but it is NOT!.......and honestly i see that this is something that DOESNT pertain to you.......which is why i stated, "for those" of you who DO want the device and cant really wait........

Have a good one sir

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 01:39 1

30. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Again, no LTE on this phone, so why would people pay as much for a Nexus 4 sold on ebay as a brand new SGIII or Droid DNA? I had been interested, because of the low price advertised on Google's site, but it's just a hoax, because the phone is never in stock!

Good day to you as well, sir :o`

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 21:44

39. iParkos (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


I'm not sure that 4G LTE is that important. How many times throughout the day do you need a high speed connection that cannot wait until you're near a Wi-Fi? Heck, I have an LTE phone and Sprint doesn't even have an LTE network in MN. At least they switched to lithium polymer batteries.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 05:24

41. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


There is LTE on the Nexus4. It will only work on Tmobile frequencies though.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 22:33 2

17. ubuntu (Posts: 40; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


I wait Xperia-Nexus

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 22:46

18. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


If there really was a supply issue wait for the next nexus phone. If LG manufactures it then I say Google approves..and also that therereally was no supply issue.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 00:55 1

26. cripton805 (Posts: 977; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I think its LGs fault. They probably make more profit off of their other phones, so they try to sell those instead and limit the Nexus 4.

Too bad google might not ever give them them permission again due to this supply issue. Giving Android and Google a bad name.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 01:31 1

28. rustyimtiaz (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


LG go home ur drunk!!!! Nexus 4 has less supply but more demand but Optimus G has more supply compared to less demand!!! Boy its all about $$$$$$$

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 01:38

29. kanagadeepan (Posts: 716; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Google should be feeling sorry now for selecting LG as their Nexus Partner...

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 01:59

31. thunderbolt (Posts: 76; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


So this means that there was a contract in place with that many numbers ordered/qrtr. Someone is surely not telling the truth.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:47

33. ronjr123 (Posts: 62; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I would have to agree with you. I cannot believe they didn't enter into a contract with Google for "x" amount of devices. The question is was it on a quarterly basis or annual one? Did Google expect them to make the entire order right away or did they ask to have it spread out over the year.

I think Google has blundered this whole deal with LG and doesn't want to admit it. Let's not forget the screwed up ordering site when the device first came out. Boy they buggered that. I just do not think they realized the proper demand for this. Google is not into retail sales...and it certainly shows! Hopefully they get the next one right. And if I am correct, they should allow LG another shot at this.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 04:38 1

32. mkrmec (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Dec 2012)


Are you f**king kidding me LG!!??

Instead of selling the N4 on your own at double the price all over, you should have given Google more stock.

My sister actually bought the N4 at double price, cause there is no alternative in our country other than import.

Anyway stop being a bitch a supply Google with a sufficient amount of phones!!

Google I hope you never select LG as a partner again!! The phone itself is awesome but LG is the crappiest phone company on earth. I'd rather see you go to NOKIA directly and save them from doom :D

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 07:41

35. ultimatebatman (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


I no longer desire Nexus devices. Expandable storage (SGSIII, XperiaZ) is my number one required feature. So long as nexus devices don't offer that, I'm not interested.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 17:28

38. TMach (Posts: 385; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Not sure what LG has been smoking! No supply issues? Right! I personally do not believe the rumour that LG is working on the next Nexus, given they have totally balls'd up the current Nexus. I would prefer Sony to build the next Nexus and sincerely hope that rumour is true. If it has to be Moto, then hopefully someone can "sex" up the design so it does not simply look industrial but sexy and industrial!

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 05:25

42. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


The next nexus will still look like a nexus.. just like the last 4. Nexus has its own design language.

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