Nexus 4 reportedly heads to T-Mobile stores this month

The Google-juiced Nexus 4 has been a hard item to find in the recent weeks, but more inventory may be headed to T-Mobile's branded stores.

T-Mobile USA's retail stores are set to carry the hard-to-find Nexus 4, according to TmoNews.

The Nexus 4, initially sold unlocked as well as with T-Mobile, had been hit with supply issues as consumers gravitated toward this latest marquee smartphone from Google.

The smartphone, made by LG, runs the latest version of Jelly Bean, or Android 4.2. It has proven to be popular with consumers, something LG badly needed to get itself back in the smartphone game. Its own flagship smartphone, the Optimus G, hasn't resonated as well despite carrier support from AT&T and Sprint Nextel.

But at the same time, LG has had issues keeping up with demand. A Google executive last month blamed LG for the shortfall, and said it was working to address the issue.

LG hasn't had nearly the success that its fellow Korean company, Samsung Electronics, has had in the smartphone business. The company has its own Optimus line of phones to rival Samsung's Galaxy line, but that hasn't proven to be anywhere near as popular.

LG is hoping the Nexus 4 will generate some buzz for its other products as well.

T-Mobile confirmed to CNET that its stores would be getting the Nexus 4, but declined to comment on timing.

Updated at 1:53 p.m. PT: to include a response from T-Mobile.