Google Play store already running out of Nexus 5 stock

After what seemed like an interminable wait, Google's new Android KitKat reference phone is here -- but some models might already be gone.

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Less than an hour after the Nexus 5 -- the first phone to run Android KitKat -- officially hit the Google Play store around 11 a.m. PT, the online store was already showing certain models of the smartphone as "out of inventory."

Another hour or so later, all four combinations (16 or 32 GB in black or white) were again available with a note that they would leave the warehouse by November 8. It's likely that these stock and shipping statuses will continue to bounce around for a while.

Within only minutes of the launch, shipping times began to slip to a week or more.

I've reached out to Google for clarification on Nexus 5 availability. It's happened with past Play Store launches that an "out of inventory" message appeared prematurely due to heavy inbound traffic, and it seems that's what's happened here as well. So keep checking back and refreshing that Play Store link as well as checking back here for updates. I'll update this post when I hear back from Google.

Meanwhile, check out CNET's Nexus 5 hands-on and the rest of our coverage . Also, let us know in the comments if you've been able to order your own new Nexus phone, or if you even plan to.

Updated at 1:25 p.m. to reflect that all Nexus 5 models were again in stock.

About the author

Crave freelancer Eric Mack is a writer, radio producer, and podcaster based in Taos, N.M., but he lives in Google+. He's also managing editor of and has written e-books on both Alaska and Android. E-mail Eric.


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