After a month of delay, website crashes, and an all-too familiar “Sold Out” sign, the Nexus 4 is back in stock. Oh, and Google has just shipped its millionth unit. Nearly three months after its initial launch on Google Play, a “Senior Member” of the Android hacking community XDA claimed that the millionth unit of the LG/Google phone has just been shipped in Turkey. While this of course isn’t official word from Google or LG, the serial number the poster provided (“ATURBK 302KPSL999998 20130205 TURKEY”) seems to be enough evidence.
About a month ago, the same user, who goes by the name “draugaz”, claimed that he figured out the serial number of what each Nexus 4 meant. His breakdown of what he believes each number to mean is below.
“LGE960 ACAGBK 212KPHG188745 20121206 GLOBAL/GLOBAL N N”
If you break this string apart, you get: LGE960 = phone model A = ? 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 = Color 2 = ? 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”
If his breakdown of the serial number is to be believed, then the Nexus 4 sold in Turkey is the 999,998 Nexus 4 made and not the millionth. While TechCrunch claimed that Google has yet to respond to the report, it’s expected for Google to announce the exact amount sold at I/O in May.