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