Google disappoints buyers with 'three week' wait for Nexus 4

If you were lucky enough to buy one, you'll be waiting a while to get it

Google has notified some customers who purchased the bargain Nexus 4 handset earlier this week, that delivery could take up to three weeks.

Unsurprisingly, if a company announces a top-spec phone, for half the price of its competitors, it's going to be pretty popular. Indeed, the new Google Nexus 4, priced at just £239, sold out in half an hour at the Google Play store on Tuesday.

However, those who beat their fellow smartphone fanciers to the punch, won't be parading the device in front of our faces with any great haste. They've been told by Google that their delivery will arrive 'within three weeks'

Here's the email some customers have received from Google: “Thank you for your recent purchase on Google Play. Due to overwhelming demand, your Nexus 4 is on backorder and is expected to ship within three weeks. We’ll send you a notification when your order has shipped and will credit the shipping charges.”

The Nexus 4, made by LG, features a Snapdragon S4 processor, up to 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera and a beautiful 4.7-inch IPS display, so it's really no surprise that the supplies were snapped up with a quickness. However, you'd expect Google to have better planned for this eventuality.

The device (both the 8GB and 16GB incarnations) currently remains out of stock at the Google Play store.