Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past month or so, you probably already know that Google has been having some issues keeping the Nexus 4 in stock. The phone, which ships with some solid specs and can be purchased unlocked for an excellent price, has proven to be pretty popular with the Android faithful, which means that many are facing long shipping times or sold out alerts. It turns out that isn’t the only thing Google is having stock issues with, as the official Nexus 4 bumper is now listed as sold out on the Google Play Store.
It isn’t hard to see why, either – even though the bumper offers less protection when compared to other cases, it still gets the job done. The bumper only costs $20, which is cheap when you consider just how much some other cases can cost. The inexpensive price tag and the fact that it’s made for the incredibly popular Nexus 4 seem to have made a deal too good for Nexus 4 owners to resist.
There’s no word on when these bumpers will become available again, so now it’s time to play the waiting game. The good news is that a rubber bumper isn’t nearly as complex as a smartphone, so it shouldn’t take very long for more to be made. Of course, even if these bumpers do become available again soon, there are still the stock issues with the Nexus 4 to worry about.
Indeed, the Google Play Store currently says that 8GB Nexus 4s are sold out in the US, while those who opt for the 16GB model instead have a 6-7 week wait ahead of them. That means if you order the 16GB Nexus 4 today, you might not get it until we’re closing in on February. That’s not a desirable situation in the least, so here’s hoping that Google and LG get their stock problems sorted out soon.