Update: After some flip-flopping, it seems that all configurations of the Nexus 5 are no longer showing out of stock. The bad news – Google is really just indicating multiple week wait times for each version rather than saying it's out of stock. It's 3-4 weeks for the 16GB variants and the white 32GB. The black 32GB is backordered 2-3 weeks right now. Hopefully you got your order in!

If you were hoping the Nexus 5 would not suffer any of the stock shortages that plagued the Nexus 4 launch, I'm sorry to be the one to shatter your carefully constructed fantasy world. The black 16GB Nexus 5 is already out of stock in the US Play Store and it only took 33 minutes.


All three other configurations are available, and it's not hard to see why the black 16GB was the first to go down. The lower-cost black model was bound to have wider appeal. That raises the question, how long do you have to order one of the other models?

The Play Store is already pushing back the estimated shipping date from November 5th to the 8th for new orders. Although, the white 32GB shows 1-2 days to ship. That's probably Google assuming lower demand for that device.

[Nexus 5 Black 16GB]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • highfructosecorn

    part of it might also be that the 16gb black version was the only one available for a while.

    • fjitb

      yeah it was my only option at the time, once it sold out the 32GB became available.

    • highfructosecorn

      also.. i cancelled my 16gb order once the others became available. i wonder if they are still counting that as consumed stock.

      • Jei

        i did the same thing so maybe they are not taking that into consideration.

    • brkshr

      You needed to go to the direct link for the other versions. They were all available from the get go, just not if you started at the android.com/devices page.

    • UCLAKoolman

      I saw people complaining about this elsewhere, but I bought a black 32GB within 5 minutes of the the Nexus 5 page going live: http://i.imgur.com/QpXmTSu.png

      • mgamerz

        me too. Just had to change the link to 32 from 16 and black to white.

      • Sietai

        Same here, but I page monitor running, so I'm pretty sure I got mine the minute it was up. People just don't know how to use the selectors.

  • Thomas’

    At least the Store (or rather Wallet) didn't crash this time.

    • Crispin Swickard

      I had to submit my order a second time, but it went through. I was only going to get 16, but was forced to get a 32 due to the 16s being gone for now. :(

    • Mr. S

      Took an hour for my payment to clear, but it did!

  • Austin Peachey

    The white 16 GB version is now out of stock, too.

  • Jimas

    I was able to squeeze in one more order after the out of stock message was first shown...possibly due to people's incomplete orders, but I hope it's not a glitch!!

  • CBNforum

    Google you could do better... seriously how many of these things does Google make available? I don't event think that a million of these were purchased today. I got mine 32GB black but come on!!!

    • Trent Callahan

      You got yours. Be happy. This doesn't affect you. I've had enough of the 5S and it's "revolutionary" (useless) fingerprint crap and the "modern-inspired" (crayola) UI. Let this shine. Bask in the light. Google knows what they're doing. I'm waiting for them to fire back at the NSA as well. This weekend shall prove interesting ^-^

      • ari_free

        It's hard to outsmart the NSA. They aren't going into Google's datacenter. They are looking at the connections to and from. Google doesn't have control over that

  • Kenny O

    "Although, the white 32GB shows 1-2 days to ship." - It said the same when I ordered the black 32GB, but when I got the confirmation email it said it would ship by Nov 5th.

    • Subsonic

      Right. Friday and Monday, two business days. That would be by (emphasis on "by") November 5th. :)

  • Shadab

    Both black and white 16 gb are available now with shipping date nov 8

  • Manthan P. Kothari

    It's back in stock guys. They're just postponing the shipping date - they're basically selling in batches.

  • lensgrabber

    Hey AP, it would be cool to know how many (of each) were sold the first hour. Not sure if you have good Play contacts but I have a feeling they are selling a lot.

  • mLogician

    Still shows available to me :)

  • GreatNews

    Both colors are now out of stuck but only the 16GB version

  • Grimmjow

    All that stock took 33 minutes? The size of the Android Army was underestimated again.

    • Bakaouji

      I think they knew it would be popular on launch day. LG probably couldn't make enough in time.

      • ben

        Or....they know that the 32GB makes them more profit. So for the first couple weeks the 16GB will be "sold out" so people who have been dying to get one will have to bite the bullet and pay for the 32GB.

        ....Well played Google....Well played.

        • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

          Or... the 16GB version sold out more quickly because it's cheaper. The 32GB version doesn't ship for another 3-4 weeks....so quite a few of those got sold as well, it seems.

  • Jaymoon

    That's quite the magic number you've got there!

    In The Morning!

  • David Hart

    It's pretty disappointing really..

  • GreatNews

    Black completely out of stock again, white is now back in stock

  • brkshr

    Update2: The black and white 16GB versions are sold out now.
    Update3: Both versions are back in stock and shipping by November 8th...

    Somethings going on here...

  • bla

    i first saw the 'limit reached' notice for the 16gb black at 11:12 PM PDT.

  • GreatNews

    And all colors in all models are back in stock!

  • remister

    This just proves you don't need to announce anything to sell anything out. Just word of mouth.

    • akshay7394

      and a fuck all amount of leaks ahahaha

      • FrillArtist

        Leaks is word of mouth.

        • akshay7394

          I know, I meant it was the cause. There wouldn't have been this much hype if not for the leaks, I'm sure.

      • Al McDowall

        fuck load.
        fuck load is a lot
        fuck all is none

        • akshay7394

          This has got to be the funniest thing I've been corrected on this year

          Thanks :P

          • Al McDowall

            No worries :o)

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      So all the announcements at 11AM Pacific had nothing to do with it?

  • Matt Alexander

    I'm pretty sure they're bleeding them out in chunks and it's not actually selling out

  • Allan

    back in stock!

  • Andrea Barbieri

    The black 16 GB version has gone sold-out in Italy too, and in less than 33 minutes.
    I managed to buy a couple (1 white and 1 black) nonetheless!

  • Patrick Hulton

    I was able to snag a 16GB Black version about 40 mins ago with a ship by date of the 8th.

    This launch went so much smoother, last year I had issues ordering from my PC at home. This year I was easily able to order from my phone while at work

  • Guest

    Still out of stock for me (on the 16GB only)

  • Nicole Cozma

    Mean to say: back out of stock on the 16GB.

  • Jay Batavia

    Annnnd it's gone again.

  • Tony

    I ordered my white 32gb only 9 minutes after it came out(due to the white version being hidden for no good reason for a while) and it's still in a status of pending, ugh. It said shipping 1-2 days when I clicked...will be pissed if it's november 8.

  • randpost

    I got my 1 black 32gb and one white 32gb at the original 1-2 day shipping.

    • Anish

      Wow! Dance, then! :-/

    • xany

      marry me plz

  • nexus5_lover

    why does it say leaves warehouse on Nov 8th. It will not be shipped tomorrow or what?

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      maybe yours is different to mine, but mine is saying "Leaves warehouse by Nov 5th" (I'm assuming yours says "Leaves warehouse by Nov 8th"). The wording suggests Nov 8th is the LATEST it will shipped, not the definitive shipping date.

  • AB

    Back again.

  • Chris Caldwell

    Im assuming you have an updated article somewhere, but 16gb black was the first to sell out of in-stock. Round two came in with pre-orders and the 32GB white was then the first to sell out on pre-orders. That was somewhere around 45 min from launch

  • shailen

    i could order but the status is still pending for an hour

  • http://skorch.co.uk/ Antony Derham

    What about in the UK? The N4 sold out in 4 minutes here last year.

  • david coffey

    welp, i just ordered mine. 32gig white. 3-4 weeks. email says that when it ships, they'll take my money. just looked at my account and they definitely took my money. so i'll wait and see if i get a shipped email soon. something similar to this happened when i ordered my nexus 4.

    • David Hart

      Same thing happened to me (maybe everyone who knows) except I'm in the 2-3 wk zone.

      I feel it has something to do with supply in your area, or devices coming from canceled orders.

  • mgamerz

    Got in at 4 past the hour. Still got my Nov 5th ship date. Wish I had bumped up to 2 day shipping... 4 bucks on top of $430 is not much.

  • Crater123

    Ordered 3. One for me, me dad, and me friend. booya

  • Mike

    I usually lurk instead of posting. I just want everyone to know that my bank decided today would be a good day to conduct 6 hours worth of updates, effectively freezing ACH transfers. I watched my pending paycheck sit there pending while the White 32GB Nexus hung on as the last phone to be sold out. Now it's a 3-4 week wait.

    • Jei

      hahaha, i had a similar my issue my bank decided that one of my "activities" seemed fraudulent ($7.67 in potbelly) and decided to freeze my account :s, had to get them on the phone to make sure the transaction cleared :S, so had to cancel my first order and create a new one pushing me from 1-2 days to shipping on Nov-5 :(

      • Mike

        I still can't even bring my account up. Paycheck still pending. I'm like 4000% sure verizon is behind this to prevent me from jumping ship

  • rocs_macho

    Way more Nexus fans than expected, or not enough in stock. I have to wait until the morning to order...now I have to wait a month to receive the thing. BB better have this in store ASAP!!!

  • dhruva

    since moto doesnt have a tablet yet, google pushed it, i dont think they will push nexus 5 in large numbers. they didnt broadcast the event, and mainstream media is also fairly silent...

  • JayCee842

    was able to grab one :)

  • DiamondAvatar

    Stupid school. Not letting me stay home to order my Nexus 5.

  • hmmm

    "If you were hoping the Nexus 5 would not suffer any of the stock
    shortages that plagued the Nexus 4 launch, I'm sorry to be the one to
    shatter your carefully constructed fantasy world."

    I wonder where such an idea even entered my head.....

  • disqus_Pb08cMVY2B

    Bought a black 16GB. Will Ship by Nov-5 according to the site. I had to attend a meeting from 1-2pm EST and almost missed this sucker!

  • Eli Friedman

    I think people are forgetting how normal this is. Apple stores run out of new iPhones in minutes also.

  • Chris

    Oof. If only I had ordered mine last night instead of this morning, would have saved two weeks of processing time. :P

  • Mateus Mascarenhas

    Hey guys , I was looking on Google Play to buy a Nexus 5 , and I saw written : "Leaves warehouse in 3-4 weeks" . Is it correct ?

  • Longbow Brian

    Just picked up my N5 today from CPW. Very impressed, great screen, inserted my sim card and it picked all of my network settings. Fantastic.

  • Roy Riddex

    2 phones received in adelaide this morning, but I'm stuck at work while the wife is at home with hers :-(

  • lugamar

    I believe this is just Google setting worst case expectations that they can then surpass.
    I submitted my first order in the UK on Nov.1st with estimated shipping within 1-2 days. I then realized I mistakenly ordered the white 16GB instead of the black one, and so cancelled and ordered again, giving me 1-2 weeks shipping estimate - it was shipped the following day and I got it on the 5th. I placed a third order last week Tuesday, with estimated shipping in 2-3 weeks. It was shipped on Thursday and I got it on Friday...