Just because Google halted official sales of the device through their own distribution site doesn’t mean that they’d have an unlimited supply of Nexus Ones for which to sell to developers through the Market publisher backend. The devices are on backorder from HTC, however it’s not clear if this is due to legitimate shortages (AMOLED) or if it’s because the device is just that damn desirable. Google’s Tim Bray didn’t do much in the way of clarification, but nevertheless, the Nexus One is still selling and selling quite well.
A couple of weeks ago, we arranged that registered developers could buy an unlocked Nexus One via their publisher page in Android Market. We think it’s a good development platform and a nice phone. Apparently, you agree. Somewhat too many of you, in fact; we blew through the (substantial) initial inventory in almost no time, and they’re back-ordered from HTC, who are doing a pretty good job of managing runaway success amid a worldwide AMOLED shortage. Everyone appreciates that it’s important to the platform to get phones in the hands of developers, so we’re working hard on re-stocking the shelves; stand by.