Sure, Google's Nexus One was always known as an amazing device, but many people never thought of it as a big success with customers. Ever since Google announced it was killing off sales of the device, though, interest seems to have skyrocketed. Google recently resurrected the Nexus One, selling it only to Android devs, and it was so popular that it's now out of stock. Tim Bray explains on the Android Developers Blog that they "blew through the (substantial) initial inventory in almost no time," and that the Nexus is now on back-order with HTC. No word on when the device will be back in stock, but Mr. Bray said that Google is "orking hard on re-stocking the shelves," so I bet we'll be seeing the return of the Nexus One sooner rather than later.
Even though it was released all the way back at the beginning of January, the Nexus One is still a top-tier smartphone that can hold its own with the current crop of Android superphones, which is saying a lot. It's definitely disappointing that Google killed off consumer sales of the device and made it available to devs, but it's not terribly surprising considering that the device was only sold online and cost over $500 (unless you signed up for a new T-Mobile contract). The one thing I want to know is how many new Android devs have signed up with Google in the past couple of weeks since the Nexus One became available again.