Heads up: £239 LG Nexus 4 smartphone back in stock on Google Play

Many prospective customers who had registered to get an update when the LG Nexus 4 went out of stock have received an email indicating that the device will be available for purchase today from 1700 GMT from Google Play only, possibly in both 8GB and 16GB versions, for £239 and £279 respectively.

The phone is only available from O2 at the moment for £400 on Pay As You Go and for £36 per month on the network’s On&On (with unlimited texts and minutes plus 1GB data) and Three networks will stock it from 13 December for £400 as well. The phone is selling for well over £300 on eBay which provides a clue as to how popular that phone is.

When the LG Nexus 4 was launched at the end of October, it sent the same sort of shockwave across the smartphone market as the launch of the Google Nexus 7 tablet. It brought to the mass market the kind of hardware that then cost more than twice the price.

The Nexus 4 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064, a quad-core monster clocked at 1.5GHz, with an Adreno 320 GPU. There’s also 2GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a 4.7in 1,280x768 IPS display, a massive 2,100mAh battery, an 8-megapixel camera with full HD video recording option and a front facing 1.3-megapixel webcam, NFC and HSPA+ connectivity.

The phone is also the first one (and the only commercially available model) to run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

You can view our review of the LG Nexus 4 here.