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Unexpected demand sees Nexus 4 sell out in hours

Nexus 4 handsets made by LG Electronics were made available on Google’s online shop dubbed Play but sold out in some countries within an hour of their release Tuesday. Notices urged shoppers to leave their e-mail addresses so Google could alert them when more become available.

“There’s been so much interest in the Nexus lineup that we’ve sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries,” the Nexus team said on the Google+ social network.

At a starting price of $299 for smartphones not bound to any specific carrier, and therefore not subsidized by telecom companies, Nexus 4 models were deemed a bargain at half the price of similarly “unlocked” iPhones from Apple.

“With cutting-edge hardware, the latest version of Android, and the best Google apps - Nexus 4 puts the world’s information at your fingertips,” the play store page said.

It added that it sold out of Nexus 4 smartphones in the U.S., Britain, Germany and other countries, with people complaining of frustrating experiences at the inundated online shop.

Google on Tuesday also began selling its new 7- and 10-inch Nexus tablets, while also rolling out the latest version of Android mobile operating system as a new update for its Nexus devices.

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