By Keerthi Chandrashekar / ( | First Posted: Dec 28, 2012 09:53 AM EST

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Christmas has come and passed, but it looks like even Santa wasn't able to procure a Google-branded LG Nexus 4. The popular smartphone has been in such high demand that it has practically been sold out since its arrival. Fear not, however, here are a couple simple tools that should give you the edge once the smartphone comes into stock. 

Android users can download Julien Vermet's Nexus Availability Checker app from Google Play. The app gives you supply updates on all of the Nexus devices in your country's Google Play store. This means you will be notified when either the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10 becomes available. The app even helps you place your order, meaning you can hit 'purchase' the second your desired Nexus 4 (or any other Nexus device) becomes available. Sorry iOS users, it looks like this app isn't available through Apple's App Store. 

For those interested in using their web browser, they can visit The website gives inventory data for all Nexus devices in each of Google Play's regional stores. Definitely easier than loading up Google Play separately for each single model.

These two options are bound to cut back on much of the headache involved in hunting down a scarce tech device. Google's Nexus 4 has faced incredibly high demand due to its affordable price tag and specs. Starting at $300, the smartphone comes unlocked and packed with goodies. In fact, the smartphone's only downside is its lack of LTE support and non-expandable memory size. Other than that, you're going to be hard pressed to find a better unlocked smartphone (with Android 4.2 nonetheless) at that price. 

The Google Nexus 4 is currently sold out in both 8GB and 16GB models here in the United States Google Play store.

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