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New Google smartphone Nexus 4 sells out in several nations hours after release

SAN FRANCISCO--The latest Google smartphone sold out in the some countries within hours of its release on Tuesday.

Nexus 4 handsets made by South Korea's LG Electronics were available at Google's online Play shop, where stock was quickly depleted and notices posted asking shoppers to leave email addresses to be alerted when more are available.

“There's been so much interest for the Nexus lineup that we've sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries,” the Nexus team said in a post at Google+ social network.

“We are working hard to add more Nexus devices to Google Play in the coming weeks to keep up with the high demand.”

At a starting price of US$299 for smartphones not bound to particular carriers, and therefore unsubsidized by telecom companies, Nexus 4 models were deemed a bargain at half the price of similarly “unlocked” iPhones from Apple.

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