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Nexus 4 launch is a failure for Google Play

0. phoneArena posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:24

Fair warning: we tried to purchase a Nexus 4 from the Google Play Store when it went on sale today in the US, and were unable to purchase one, so there is a fair chance that this article will be a touch angry. That said, the Nexus 4 launch today was a complete failure for the Google Play Store...

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posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:02 1

37. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I am going to plus you 1, because you said the magic words.

"It's almost as good as LTE." I am spoiled with Verizon's 4G LTE anything else is just sup par. What kills me is why on Earth can't they release a 4G LTE Nexus 4? They did it once so why can't they do it again? That really stings to me.

I was so totally waiting for the Nexus 4 to come out on the best carrier in the USA. I am so disappointed. :-(

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:53 1

100. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I just checked the pre-order status for my VZW Note II and it ships 11/19.... Woohoo!!!! I was thinking of a Nexus 4, but with the broken Play store, no LTE and my Note II shipping on the 19th, I am glad I pre-ordered the Note II.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:11

107. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

NIce I am right with you. 11/19 is SUPER close.


posted on 13 Nov 2012, 15:15 1

110. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

I finally got the chance to play with on IRL. Go to tmobile and play with it. Its fantastic, smooth, and packed with crap that all works.
If the N4 wasnt so much cheaper, I would have just stomached the size of the Note2 and gotten it. That said, that mofo is WAY too big. lol.
But peeps are right.. I played with it for like 10 mins in the store then went to the SGS3 to get a feel for "4.7 inch screens".. it felt positively small after getting use to the gargantuan Note2.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:32 1

4. dhawaldamania (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)

If you can't handle the sales of that calibre .. why not sell it on the Apple website #PlayStoreFail

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:33 2

5. vandroid (Posts: 348; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

Maybe there was so much web traffic for pre orders that those failed attempts were the result

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:49 2

19. buccob (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

I agree....

And having to redo the whole putting phone on the virtual cart is waaaaay more tolerable than standing in line outside of an Apple store...

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 16:13

123. vandroid (Posts: 348; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

I'd rather wait on line for bb10 instead of waiting on a line for an iPhone just for the fact that it wouldn't be the same as last year

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:34 2

6. BadAssAbe (Posts: 465; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

Everyone please wait untill a good case for the Nexus 4 is available before buying.

Its always better to have a case and not need it,
to need a case and not have one on.

To the lucky few who got one, make sure to get that bumper unless u live in a carpeted world :-)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:37 2

8. chronopc (Posts: 97; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

PA just sounds bitter. They had a limited supply and not everyone was able to get one. Welcome to life. The experience you just went through is one that is similar for all products that are very popular. Just wait till there are more in stock and stop whiny. It's not the end of the world if you don't have things right when they come out. I promise you, the sun will still rise tomorrow.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:45 2

14. Rydsmith (unregistered)

Though the big difference is that Google's inability to have a proper infrastructure for a highly publicized phone caused for this to happen in the first place, and to be honest is quite unacceptable from a "tech giant."

An item being sold out is perfectly fine, especially one with such limited supply, but an item disappearing from your cart when you're giving sensitive information such as card numbers, now that is unacceptable and should never happen in the first place.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:50 1

22. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

That's the point, that Google would be worse than Apple on getting the infrastructure ready, Google being a freaking search/email/social/etc. services company, it really is unbelievable that Google could screw this up, there should be NOBODY in the WORLD better than them in handling traffic

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:37

57. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

As I said in the article, yes I am bitter. Not because of the limited supply and the crazy demand, that was expected.

I'm bitter because I had the item in my shopping cart *multiple times*, and went through the entire checkout process before the site crashed and I lost the phone.

The problem isn't the limited supply, the problem is that I had gotten one of the limited supply and then it disappeared because Google's servers couldn't handle it.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:51

68. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Micheal H nice article as always! So you already have the N4, given by Google for reviews, atleast you have played around with it. It was a sever mistake, are you not patient to await for next stock? Also have you tried Rooting this phone? I'm running JB4.1.2.....?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 14:41 1

93. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

I don't do hardware reviews, so I don't have an N4.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:38 4

9. Sakeem (Posts: 611; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

Failure is such a harsh statement here. Obviously the servers were overloaded due to the excitement of wanting to buy the device. It happens. Did they expect this, who knows. Should they have, maybe. I would say yes actually. But this was the only way to purchase the device, so i am not surprised this happened. I'm not a google defender before any flames me. I just hope now they learn from this and take the necessary steps to guard against it happening again.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:43 3

11. wando77 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

This sounds like a lame attempt by PA to score a free nexus 4

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:44 1

12. kabel (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

At 12:25 Central Time i was able to purchase Nexus 4 16 GB, so they are not out of stock yet, they just have bad purchase system.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:45 1

13. kabel (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

and another one for my wife (16 GB) at 12:45 Central Time

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:48

17. hinz10 (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)

boo hoo.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:50

20. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

of course if they have any devices left in stock.
- angry nokia fanboy from India.
Still not a single word on launch of 920 here, in their 'most imp' market :(

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:52

24. ReddD (Posts: 37; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

ha ha sounds like Google just got themselves a lotto machine by accident :-P

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:54 1

28. BadAssAbe (Posts: 465; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

I dont think there is a way to stop things like form happening,
Anonymous uses the tactics to bring down many big companys MS, FBI, Sony and Even Google.
Very simple but effective
Same thing happens with any big video games

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:55

30. guosheng (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

That was the exact 1-hour-horror I went through this morning with empty hands. It seemed that there were automated programs from bigger buyers beat me every single time. As it was said "should be the end of battle" once I was proceeding with my order. Suck!!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 12:58

34. alpha2035 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

you should see trying to get a nexus 7 I got the same problem took me almost 1 1/2 hrs till success..=)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:00

35. amehtab (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)

ohh.. the case of soure grapes !!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:05

39. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

the Nexus out of stock??? thats a page righ out of the Apple playbook

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:58 2

72. tedkord (Posts: 14120; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Selling out in minutes. Apple should sue.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 17:24

135. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Most likely in progress

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 13:09 2

43. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Wait.. doesn't this mean that the Nexus 4 launch is an epic success???

In a round about way.. this is kind of a good thing, TONS of attention and people wanting the phone badly.

It's too bad so many are experiencing issues.. that'll get hammered out soon and people will get their phones.

I'd hardly call the phone launch a failure.. when I read headlines like this, I expect to read about how the PHONE failed.. not the servers.

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