Google runs out of Nexus One developer phones

The phone now sold to Android programmers has been back-ordered, but HTC has to reckon with a display shortage.

Google's Nexus One
Google's Nexus One Stephen T. Shankland/CNET

Google's strategy to get ordinary folks to buy its Nexus One phone flopped, but apparently it's a different story with Android programmers.

Google scrapped its plan to sell the Nexus One through its own store in July, six months after trying to rewrite the phone market's rules. With Android developers, though, to whom Google still sells the phone, it's become a bit too desirable at least measured by Google's inventory.

"We blew through the (substantial) initial inventory in almost no time," said Android developer evangelist Tim Bray in a blog post Thursday.

They will return, though.

"They're back-ordered from HTC, who are doing a pretty good job of managing runaway success amid a worldwide AMOLED shortage," Bray said, referring to the active-matrix organic light-emitting diode technology of the Nexus One's screen. "Everyone appreciates that it's important to the platform to get phones in the hands of developers, so we're working hard on re-stocking the shelves; stand by."

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