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Nexus 4, Nexus 10 go on sale in the UK, Nexus 4 immediately sells out

Google's latest-generation Nexus devices have officially launched world-wide, and are selling out fast - so much so, in fact, that Google's servers are struggling to cope with the demand.

Based on the latest release of Google's Android software platform, codenamed 'Jelly Bean,' the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablets are designed to seriously shake-up the market as well as showcase the new features Google hopes will be helping it to keep Apple's iOS - the software used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch - from regaining the top spot.

The Nexus 4, manufactured by LG, is designed to sit at the top of the smartphone market. As well as new software features, including a camera mode for taking 360-degree panoramic images, the device includes near-field communication (NFC) technology, wireless charging, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and a 4.7in 1280x768 IPS display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Storage capacities of 16GB and 8GB are available.

The Nexus 10, meanwhile, is Google's first own-brand large-screen tablet, boasting a 10in PLS display with an ultra-high resolution of 2,560x1,600. In addition to a dual-core Exynos processor, the device includes 2GB of RAM and a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage, and is designed as a more powerful equivalent to the company's existing Nexus 7 tablet.

Google isn't just trying to compete on specifications, however, but is pricing the devices aggressively: the Nexus 4 starts at £239 SIM-free and unlocked, while the Nexus 10 starts at £319.

That is, if you can buy them. Since opening orders this morning, Google's servers have been creaking under the load: Australian stocks of the Nexus 4 were exhausted by the time UK users woke up, with both the 8GB and 16GB models immediately selling out here as well.

It seems likely that Google will sell out of both models of the Nexus 4 in short order, with consumers having to wait for a new batch to be manufactured if they want to get their hands on the company's latest and greatest mobile device.

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