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."

About the author

Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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