Android fans on XDA forums have revealed the amount of Google Nexus 4 that have been made.
TechCrunch reports that Alexander T, an XDA user, figured out that the first four figures of serial number found on the box tells you when and where the phone was made. The first number tells you the year in which it was made. ‘2’ stands for 2012, while ‘3’ stands for 2013. The second number tells you the month. ‘11’ stands for November, ‘12’ for December, and ‘01’ for January. The fourth letter stands for the area in which the handset was made, C is for China and K is for Korea.
A lot of users posted the first four figures of their serial number, showing that the system works. Draugaz, another user, suggested, “Now it would be interesting to decode the rest of the numbers so we could roughly estimate the actual production counts.”
The last six figures of the serial number (these numbers are also the last six numbers of the handset’s IMEI number) seems to be the number that corresponds to the amount of units made. Draugaz then made a rough count of how many units were made for the months of October, November, and December.
After a few more members joined in, it was revealed that 70,000 units rolled out of production in October, 90,000 units were made in November, and 200,000 units were made in December. These include both the 8GB and 16GB versions of the smartphone. This totals to 400,000 units sold in two months.
With an average of around 100,000 units made per month, it’s that Google and LG didn’t plan production well enough. This is apparent since the first time the phone went live, it was sold out in less than thirty minutes.
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