November 30, 2012, 4:36 PM — The most disturbing thing about online shopping, to me, has always been just how easy it is. A couple of clicks, a brief glance at a credit card number, and bang -- there's an order of chicken wings on the way to your door. It's too easy, frankly, as my bank account balance and expanding waistline can attest.
Which is why Google is to be commended for making the process much more harrowing, at least in the case of the Nexus 4. If you haven't heard, the initial production run apparently sold out in about five minutes, ticking off Android fans around the world who weren't quite quick enough on the trigger.
But then! Google apparently got everything sorted out and the Nexus 4 went back on sale as of Monday -- upon which the Play store began to produce weird error messages and behave erratically, swallowing shopping carts and generally making a nuisance out of itself.
Still, at least it's all ironed out now, right? Well, mostly -- the site appears to be working normally, but you'll still have to wait awhile until you get your hands on your Nexus 4. The 16GB version will ship in four to five weeks, according to the Play store, while the 8GB version will ship in eight or nine.
A report from the China Commercial Times has touched off widespread speculation that Google is planning to absorb Chrome OS into Android. The report states that Google is readying a sub-13-inch touchscreen Chromebook, blurring the lines between laptops and tablets.
Although there's no direct evidence of Google's plans to merge Chrome OS and Android, some have pointed out that there's plenty of circumstantial evidence to suggest that this is, in fact, the case.
The Galaxy S 4 rumor mill continues to swirl, though the International Business Times is calling shenanigans on the whole "leaked specs" rumor.