The LG Nexus 4 was one of the most coveted handsets of 2012, since it was revealed in November. However Google never make a comment on the sales of devices, and it has been difficult to determine how many devices LG actually produced when the handset was first launched.
LG Nexus 4 sales figures predicted
But with some sleuthing it has been possible and owners of the LG Nexus 4 and fans of Android have said that LG may have produced around 400,000 devices when they went into the end of 2012.
So how did they come across this figure? Well it seems that they took the IMEI numbers of the devices and tracked them back using the production number of the handsets using the mobile link from LG that is used when it comes to finding new firmware. The IMEI number is generally found inside the battery compartment and this is used to stop stolen handsets from accessing the network.
When you take the link and insert your IMEI number at the end, LG will give you the IMEI and a long string of other characters, which look similar to “LGE960 ACAGBK 212KPHG188745 20121206 GLOBAL/GLOBAL N N”
When you look into this string you will find this:
LGE960 = phone model
A = unknown
CA = Country where the device was sold. (Others include ‘US’ for the U.S., ‘HK’ for Hong Kong, ‘AU’ for Australia and so on.)
G = Storage (G = 16GB, 8 = 8GB)
BK = Colour
2 = unknown
12 = Production Month (November)
K = Production Country (Korea)
PHG = ?
188745 = The line or production number, showing that phone was the 188,745th device made.
2012121206 = The production date in YYYYMMDD format
It seems that LG Nexus 4 owners have shared and compiled the production numbers on a daily basis and this suggests that in October LG made around 70,00 handsets, 90,000 in November and 210,100 in December. Of course, as expected Google did not comment on this.
However they are interesting as the figures seem to show that LG have erred on the conservative side when it comes to the launch of the LG Nexus 4. LG said that the device had proven to be very popular and retailers have not been able to meet demand for the handset. The managing director of Google in the UK and Ireland said that there were communication problems on both sides with the supply of the LG Nexus 4.
Thanks to supplies being tight the LG Nexus 4 launch was nowhere as big as that of the Google Nexus One, explains TechCrunch.