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There are 8600 likes on google+ for the Nexus 4. If you are very generous you could say that would translate to 860,000 purchases.

No decent smartphone manufacture plans for sales of less than 1 million units of its flagship product.

The fact that the nexus 4 sold out in every country it was sold within one hour would only demonstrate complete operational incompetence on every level to be that far off the mark.

It's a stunt and I don't like it when companies treat people like retards.

This is all a setup and im pissed because I wanted one.

Now I have to wait and play the stupid F5 game.

Translating "like" numbers to sales figures makes absolutely zero sense.

That was a Google+ Number not a Face Book Number.

Yes if you are Google and you keep track of all of these things you can quite accurately translate those metrics into potential sales.

Especially when you can build Plus Ones profiles for every phone every made then correlate that to actual sales figures. It's not 100% accurate but it's certainly accurate enough not to go out of stock in 1 hour.

Its Google entire business model last time I checked.

It does feel that Google celebrates what I feel is actually incompetence.

We don't know how many units were shipped. We don't know if Google is celebrating this or if they knew this would happen. It is possible that LG has supply chain issues and they can not crank out phones to meet demand.

Predicting market demand is Google's entire business model.

>There are 8600 likes on google+ .. translate to 860,000 purchases.

If this wasn't HN I'd just post "LOL."

But, seriously? There might be just a little bias between heavy users of Google+ and people who would "like" the Nexus 4.

I'd say it's more likely that would translate to <8600 purchases, than 860k.

You don't know that it was a stunt. It is possible they sold many phones. I really doubt that 8600 likes translates to sales numbers. There is no way of knowing if Google sold 500 or 2 million phones before it ran out of stock. It is also possible that LG does not have the production capacity meet demand. It would be a marketing stunt if Google is intentionally creating a supply shortage, but I doubt that is Google game. Then again, we won't know until Google releases a statement about how Nexus 4s have been sold.

>There are 8600 likes on google+ for the Nexus 4. If you are very generous you could say that would translate to 860,000 purchases.

Are you serious ? Tell me you're not this stupid.

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