Initial Nexus 5 stock runs low, shipping dates now show November 8th *Update*

Initial Nexus 5 stock runs low, shipping dates now show November 8th *Update*
*Update*After posting this, the 16GB black Nexus 5 returned to the store and is now showing the November 8th shipping date, but only the title has been updated from what was originally posted.

It's not a big difference, but it's enough to indicate that the first batch of Nexus 5 devices has probably sold out. When users first jumped into the Play Store when the Nexus 5 launched at 11AM PST (2PM EST) today, the site said that the device would be shipping on November 5th. But, the black 16GB Nexus 5 is now showing as sold out, and the other three variants of the device have shipping dates of November 8th.

Given the massive troubles that surrounded the Nexus 4 launch, today's Nexus 5 release has gone quite well. There were some hiccups early on which made it impossible to use the new product page UI to switch to the white model or change the storage capacity, but aside from that the Play Store has held up to the traffic very well. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the supply of the Nexus 5. 

The 16GB black Nexus 5 is showing as out of stock just 2.5 hours after it launched. Luckily, it does seem that Google and LG have been working hard to meet demand this time, because having just a three day difference in shipping when the initial stock ran out is pretty solid. However, that shipping date will only get farther away from here, so get in fast if you want a Nexus.

*Update #2*16GB black Nexus 5 out of stock again as of 5:45PM EST.

source: Nexus 5 (Google Play)

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)

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33 Comments

1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

How much was that 20 units pre ordered lol, then they say srry units shortages lol again FAIL!! Hope it does not happen.

6. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

This is pathetic when you think about it. Google is a billion dollar company and they can't order enough phones to meet the demand? Never would of happened if it was Samsung or Apples launch day

8. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Apple made less of the iPhone so that it would "sell out" smh

9. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

iPhone 4 was sold out on their launch day. Beside Nexus phones are never aim toward large section of consumers.

13. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Did it happen since the iPhone 4? No. Because Apple learned You would think Google would of learned after the train wreck of a launch the N4 was.

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

But it did happen, for the iPhone 5s just now. It was sold out in most US stores and online shipping was pushed back a month.

20. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

To be fair they made about 6 million iPhone 5S devices. I'm guessing Google made a couple thousand?

27. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Doubt it was a few thousands... A few thousands wherr sitting on a single inventory of a third party reseller so I don't think the number was so little

19. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

How man nexus phones sell... Its really not that popular of a phone. Lets look at the nexus 4 that sold only 3 million after being on sale for 4 months... The iphone sold 5.5 million on there first weekend. This launch is 100 times better than the nexus 4's launch. Also delaying shipments for 3 days isnt a huge deal.

12. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

This probably has nothing to do with shortages or what not, they just release a batch first the see how fast and demanding the first batch was then the second batch has a higher amount and so on ans so forth

29. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

So many Apple fans beat up Android manufacturers because they announce a phone then a month later they're available for purchase from the carriers vs Apples announce the iPhone then it's available the following week. Where are the props for Google announcing and making it available for purchase immediately? No wait time at all just "Go get it NOW!" I think that's awesome, the hype and excitement is still there. It felt like the anticipation of Black Friday sales.

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I feel like kicking myself not waiting for the new NEXUS 5

2. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Correction: 1.5 Hours

3. ohiojosh78

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I have a question. I bought one black and one white N5 for me and my GF. What carrier would be the best for me? I live outside of Columbus OH. Zip is 43040. It seems like Tmo has the best plans but crappy service. Sprint is decent but being CDMA will I get upgrades from Google still or will Sprint have to OK them. ATT, I dont know much about them. Please HELP!!!

5. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

your frequency has nothing to do with updates and since its a google phone updates are instant, so weather u are on tmo verizon or sprint updates wont matter and lte or cdma you still get updates since you didnt buy it from the carrier, go with the cheapest data and voice plan you can get im not from the us so i dont know, congrats on getting this phone man i saw the update in class but of course by the time i left to go to the washroom to buy it it was sold out

25. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

If you and/or your GF have a smartphone download the Open Signal app and use the coverage feature.

28. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

If you bough from Google play then the device will get updated directly from Google regardless of what carrier its on

4. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

im gone for 10 minutes and this, so its out correct

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It will probably be back in stock soon, they learned well enough from the 3 month wait last time.

7. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Glad I got mine while I could!

10. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

@joshing4fun GONGRSTS!!! :)

11. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

CONGRATS*

14. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Out of stock in the U.S. but available in other countries. Tried Play Stores using vpn, 16GB still available in many other countries.

15. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

The black 16gig just came back in stock but my browser at work is too old to complete the purchase. And I can’t upgrade my browser. Looks like I will try to camp at Bestbuy.

18. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Congrats to those who managed to get it! :)

21. Quito92

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

will best buy offer it in store? i dont wanna wait till the 8th for it to ship! lol and will it be more expensive in store?

24. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Mine didn't have it at the Google counter. I imagine if they do, it won't be until they start shipping to everyone else.

22. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Good question. I'm going to Best Buy right now.

26. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

32 GB is up to 3-4 weeks shipping time

30. 00Ben00

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Sorry I'm new to 'Google' phs and stuff. Can I buy it in a retail outlet, Australia, or is it pretty much bought through a online store? A Aussie gadget site says starts at $399 for 16gb & $450 for 32gb, but given stores still charge $419 for the Nexus 4, 16gb, I'm not holding my breath.

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