A few weeks ago, Google closed down their online sales of Nexus One phones with the promise they would be made available to developers. Shortly thereafter, the Google developer site did indeed begin offering registered developers the option to purchase the T-Mobile 3G version of the Nexus. Now just two weeks later, Google has announced the developer phone is sold out . The phones are backordered with manufacturer HTC, and are expected to be restocked soon, but no date was available.
In their blog post Google said, " We blew through the (substantial) initial inventory in almost no time." Part of the issue may be that for a $25 fee, anyone can become an Android developer and buy the phone. If you've committed to buying a $530 unlocked handset, an extra $25 admission fee is small potatoes.
Google also went to great pains to praise HTC for managing supplies as well as they have with a worldwide AMOLED display shortage. Sources have said phones like the Nexus One from HTC will switch to SLCD panels at some point. Might that point be now? In the end, with this sort of demand it makes you wonder if Google should have closed that web store at all.