Almost a month ago, Google officially ended sale of the Nexus One smartphone, but promised it would stick around as the official developer phone. As of August 5, Google began selling the Nexus One again — for developers only — for the modest price of $529. Of course, the Nexus One is an enticing option for registered developers because it runs stock Android 2.2 and is still a very capable handset. The device as a developer only handset was really popular, in fact, more popular than Google even predicted as the phone is now back-ordered.
Here is the official message from Tim Bray on the Nexus One:
A couple of weeks ago, we arranged that registered developers could buy an unlocked Nexus One via their publisher page in Android Market. We think it’s a good development platform and a nice phone. Apparently, you agree. Somewhat too many of you, in fact; we blew through the (substantial) initial inventory in almost no time, and they’re back-ordered from HTC, who are doing a pretty good job of managing runaway success amid a worldwide AMOLED shortage. Everyone appreciates that it’s important to the platform to get phones in the hands of developers, so we’re working hard on re-stocking the shelves; stand by.
When the Google Nexus One is back in stock, we’ll let you know.