Google Already Facing a Nexus 5 Supply Shortage

Paul Lilly

Be prepared to wait up to a month if you order a Nexus 5 today

Google treated Android fans to its first official serving of KitKat (Android 4.4) on October 31, 2013 by releasing its Nexus 5 smartphone. Available in Google Play, users can choose between 16GB ($349) and 32GB ($399) models in either black or white and be one of the first to sample the newest version of Android. Unfortunately, there's a penalty for having taken the weekend to think about things, and that penalty is now having to wait up to 4 weeks.

If you're willing to purchase the 32GB Nexus 5 in white, Google says it will leave the warehouse in 2-3 weeks. Otherwise, the remaining available SKUs are all scheduled to leave the warehouse in 3-4 weeks.

Our crystal ball is in the repair shop at the moment, but even without it, we can predict that the wait time could potentially increase. You may recall that LG had a difficult time keeping up with demand for the original Nexus 4. Google blamed LG for the slow rollout, while LG basically said Google failed to accurately predict how high demand would be for these devices.

Now knowing what they didn't know back then, both sides are out of excuses. The Nexus 5 should be even more desirable than the Nexus 4 thanks to several upgrades. A microSD card slot is still missing from the blueprint, however the Nexus 5 does feature a 4.95-inch Full HD 1080p display (1920x1080, 445 ppi) protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Quallcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, Adreno graphics, 2GB of RAM, 8MP and 1.3MP cameras, built-in wireless charging, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 4G LTE support, and a few other goodes, all wrapped up in Android 4.4.

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