There’s been a lot of finger pointing when it comes to the “failed” launch of the Nexus 4. You may remember the whole fiasco that involved the crashing of the Play Store on release day and many would-be Nexus 4 buyers being left out in the cold for months on end. Some placed the blame on Google for not anticipating obvious high demand by ordering enough units. Others pointed the finger at LG, saying they weren’t producing enough units to fulfill orders.
Today, we’re getting LG’s side of the story and according to them… nobody’s to blame. In an interview with a Korean website, an LG official was quoted as saying Nexus 4 production proceeding “without a hitch” at their plant in Pyeongtaek and that there is no problem with supply. This is in contrast to what Google has been saying, you remember they were once quoted as saying N4 shipments from LG were “scarce and erratic.”
So exactly who’s telling the truth? Well, it could be both of them. Sounds like LG is making exactly as many Nexus 4’s as they want to. Why is that? It may have something to do with the fact that LG is making so much less profit off of the Nexus 4 — offered at an extremely low $300 off-contract — when compared to their $700 flagship like the Optimus G. Couple that with plans to unveil the Optimus G2 at Mobile World Congress 2013 and things are starting to make sense.
On a side note, you may have read rumors that LG and Google were teaming up again to launch a Nexus 5 to be unveiled at I/O. According to LG, these rumors are completely unfounded (of course) so don’t get your hopes up.
- Nexus 5 back in stock on Google Play (all colors)
- Hands-on: Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Android 5.0 Lollipop has a new screen off animation
- New Nexus 5 homepage suggests the phone will stick around for another year
- Check out the Nexus 4 forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.
- Check out the Nexus 5 forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.