Unofficial tally shows 1 million Google Nexus 4 units have been sold since launch

Unofficial tally shows 1 million Google Nexus 4 units have been sold since launch
You might recall that last month, a group of XDA forum members figured out a way to determine how many units of the Google Nexus 4 stock Android handset were sold by plugging owners' unique IMEI number from their model into an LG website. The combination of letters and numbers that would appear told a story about each phone such as when and where it was made. The first estimate produced a sales figure of 375,000 that was quickly shot down by LG as being too low, but the tech firm did not have any sales figures of its own to announce. The Korean manufacturer said that the phone was constantly out of stock online because Google had given it incorrect sales estimates that were much too low and not enough units were produced.

The latest unofficial sales figures have come in using the XDA forum method, and it shows that 1 million units of the Google Nexus 4 were sold. While Google would not comment on the figure, the company did indicate that it was happy with how the phone has done so far in terms of sales. Meanwhile, the other day, XDA member draugaz said the 1,000,000th Google Nexus 4, a black model made on February 5th, was sold in Turkey. LG has really stepped up production of the phone. In October, just 70,000 units were made, rising to 90,000 in November, 210,000 in December and over 550,000 in January. That dovetails with information from an LG executive who said that production was rising and the shortages would be a thing of the past in the middle of February.

At the end of last month, the Google Nexus 4 had returned to the Google Play Store and while the 8GB model is sold out, the 16GB variant is still listed as being "in stock". That is amazing considering the phone would sell out within 30 minutes whenever it was on sale in the U.S. Google Play Store. We should add though, that the device now ships in 2 to 3 weeks, up from the 1 to 2 weeks seen back at the end of January. The attraction here is that the unlocked 16GB model, for $349 without a contract, is giving buyers a phone with great specs with no carrier handcuffs for a very reasonable price. Buyers are getting a 4.7 inch screen with a 318 ppi, a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2100mAh battery, an 8MP rear shooter that captures video in 1080p at 30 fps, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The best part of the whole equation is that Android 4.2.1 runs the show.

Now that supply seems to have caught up with demand to some degree, we could see a big jump in those estimates from the XDA forum and perhaps we will get some official figures from LG in the not too distant future.

source: XDA via TechCrunch

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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)



1. wendygarett unregistered

I love Google :)

20. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

me too. but im disappointed they couldnt keep track of phone sold. right now they had the best chance since they were selling it themselves only. moving forward it will get even bigger cluster mess when carriers start selling it.


Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That's a lot lower than I would've thought. But if it had LTE and were on the top carriers I'm sure the sales would've been a lot higher; though LG would have even more of a hard time keeping up with the stock.

8. Retro-touch unregistered

Exactly those figures should be much higher but the supply never capitalized on demand and few managed to get one, glad I'm one of them, many simply gave up but the experience for me was worth the nearly 3 month wait, also you have to factor in limited availability, I'm lucky I have a relative in America

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Not surprising, considering half the time since it's been launched it hasn't been in stock.

4. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Since it's no more going out of stock and i see prices fall on it shows that demand has come down. On some sites in India it is now available for 28.5K and that too with custom duty paid.

5. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

still waiting for: 1) replaceable battery 2) grip for a string 3) 32GB 4) better camera otherwise no deal for me....I need full functional smartphone in terrain :) thank you

6. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Nexus 4 is more than "fully functional" You are searching for the best of the best, but you won't find it at that awesome price.

13. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

N4 is not for terrain....thats reason I bought it for my father....I thick with GN :)

15. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

What? Terrain? Is a smartphone, not a plow xD And it outclasses the Galaxy Nexus in every category, why do you keep to stay with the old model?

21. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

his Dad is an Android geek and he bought himself a N4 and the the Old Phone GNex passed on to Kid.. :D

28. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

@sorcio Keep your piece of junk with a glass backing, make sure not to drop it. All you have is a poor man iPhone 4, but lacking the performance.

10. wendygarett unregistered

Just shut up and get bbz10 :p

11. Retro-touch unregistered

Just wait for the GS4 and I can guarantee it will be going for at least $700 and even that's a conservative estimate might be higher when the buzz is high, S3 goes for $580 in my country

14. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I would buy SGS3....but no Nexus, no deal for me :)

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31600; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good device, great specs, crappy sales. Guess there's more to it than specs alone, like end user experience.

9. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

End user experience is awesome here, "the best Android phone ever" said by some of my friends with iPhone 5 ;-)

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31600; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

About a million people feel that way. Mehhhh

30. markt9002

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

The phone hasn't really been available for the past 3 months. That's the only reason why sales are low. There is a huge demand for the phone, and it's pretty obvious that Google didn't anticipate the demand. The phone was sold out in the US play store almost immediately. It took me 5 minutes just to add the 8GB to my cart. I saw people selling them for $450-500 on Craigslist in my area, before it was available in the Play store a week or two ago, and some people are willing to trade an iPhone 5 straight up for a Note II, or a Nexus 4. That being said, it's the best phone I've owned, and I ordered it the day it was released. Battery life is great, and the development community is huge. The phone is 100% smooth, even when I disable two cores, and a -100mV undervolt across the board. The AOSP browser is still king, but with Chrome beta, it's clear that Google is trying very hard to make Chrome mobile a better browser. The only thing that bothers me about the phone is that Google didn't even attempt to calibrate the screen, and that's a fact. However, there are people over at XDA working diligently to fix what Google didn't do. For about $320 shipped, I can't complain that much. It costs me $680 for a year of service with T-Mobile, and a high end phone. If I were on Verizon with a Note II, and 2GB of data/mon, I'd be paying over $1600 per year, and be locked into a two year contract. I upgrade my phones once a year, and having a contract doesn't cut it. Also, the phone's ready for T-Mobile's proposed LTE service, however, HSPA+ is plenty fast (22Mb+ down) in some areas. If you think the Nexus 4 delivers a poor user experience, you're using it wrong.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31600; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


35. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I was initially interested in buying the N4 as well, but it was always out of stock, and so I bought a Lumia 920 instead. The N4 had good specs, but it didn't compare to Nokia's offering in terms of hardware. The rear cam was inferior, and it had less storage memory as well. Also, no LTE. Quad core offered no advantage either, since WP8 runs smooth on dual core inside the 920. WP8 itself is fine, just needs more appz... That said, the Nexus 4 was good value for it's price. Too bad it wasn't more readily available, otherwise I may have bought one myself :o` Ps.) Wireless QI charging is great! Kudos to the Lumia 920, Nexus 4, and Droid DNA for having this awesome feature!

16. baza58

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

It would be much more. They simple fu*ked it. Now I have here 550$ and want them to throw to LG but they don't want them.

17. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

So basically a low selling device, got it...

19. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

.. because the supply was TEN TIMES LOWER than the demand, genius

18. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Once the LG gears up, it will finally have a blockbuster phone on their hands. They were doing 7.5 million androids last quarter, with the best selling product hitting under one million units. With the Nexus 4, their numbers will change significantly. I expect around 10 million phones in the current quarter, with Nexus 4 being by far their most popular product.

22. Dattack

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Would have been 2 million if they had more on stock. No hate. :)

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

after what BB is doing.. I doubt is 1 million.. maybe 100,000 and they added another 0 by mistake... thats seems more real

24. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Why is the nexus 4 so fvkin expensive in third world countries... It's. $570 in my country such a shame...

25. Dattack

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

That isn't really that bad mate.. The 8 GB version here costs €300 ($401), and the 16 GB version costs €400 (534), and that's unfortunately in Germany, since we can't buy the Nexus 4 in the Netherlands on Dutch webshops. But well.. :(

26. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Bought mine on the 6th of this month. Hope it ships out soon :)

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