As we've reported in great detail over the past month, customers hoping to pick up the Nexus 4 directly from the Google Play Store haven't had the easiest time ordering the device. Even after dealing with a tumultuous ordering process, some in the UK have found that their orders had missed the shipping window they'd been given by Google Play.
As a result, some disgruntled customers decided to go straight to the top to get answers, reaching out to Google UK Managing Director Dan Cobley on his Google+ page. Today Cobley has responded with an update on the situation, an apology to those affected, and a shipping refund for those whose orders had missed the quoted 3-5 day window.
In the Google+ message, Cobley also addresses the subject of stock levels, saying supplies from Nexus 4 manufacturer LG have been "scarce and erratic." The first wave of Nexus 4 stock sold out in under an hour, and the second wave was back-ordered by over one month in under a day.
Here's Dan Cobley's message in full –
I know that what you are going through is unacceptable and we are all working through the nights and weekends to resolve this issue. Supplies from the manufacturer are scarce and erratic, and our communication has been flawed. I can offer an unreserved apology for our service and communication failures in this process.
For those that originally received a 3-5 days shipping estimate, your orders are now in process for fulfillment. You can expect an email notification early this week which will include tracking information. Although you will be initially charged in full, you will receive a credit for the shipping charge soon after.
For others that received pre-Christmas shipping estimates, we anticipate processing your orders for fulfillment this week.
I realise that the people who ordered the Nexus 4 so early are among our most committed and loyal users and we are doing all we can to put things right.
So there's good news for anyone with a Nexus 4 order due before Christmas, and customers experiencing delays might be reassured that Dan Cobley is taking charge of the situation personally.
If you placed a Nexus 4 during the second wave of stock, let us know how you're getting on down in the comments.
Source: Google+; via XDA, Eurodroid
iPhone users are apparently keen to avoid relying on Apple’s new mapping app.
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Apple’s apology suggests it may underestimate how much effort is needed to build a great map app.
In response to scathing criticism over its new Maps app for mobile devices, Apple CEO Tim Cook last week apologized and admitted that the company “fell short,” but his statement did not hint at the true scale of the job Apple now faces to fix things, experts say.
It?s not often that Apple apologises, or indeed even comments on the various controversies that frequently emerge about their products, so when Apple actually does issue an official public apology, you know it?s a big deal, and then some! Now, with today?s public statement by Tim Cook regarding what many consider to be the Apple Maps epic fail, it seems that Apple has fully taken on board that its customers are not best pleased. SlashGear reports that Cook has taken the step of posting an open letter on Apple?s website, in which he says that Apple is ?extremely sorry?, and then goes on to give a detailed explanation of just why the situation occurred, as well as even going so far as to suggest alternatives, including Google web maps! Here?s the full text of the letter:
To our customers,
At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.
We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.
There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.
While we?re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.
Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.
Source: Apple CEO Tim Cook apologizes for Apple Maps fiasco – SlashGear
A German firm apologized for the first time for its drug, which caused babies to be born with shorter arms and legs after pregnant women took it during the 1950s and ’60s.
Admit it, Android fan. When you first heard that Apple would have to publicly admit Samsung didn't copy the iPad's design, you let out a little cheer. The UK courts seemed to have taken a stand that could make these super rich companies think twice about submitting frivolous lawsuits.
Now though, Apple has gone and got themselves a stay of execution though on this one it seems. According to Bloomberg, Cupertino has submitted an appeal saying the company didn't want to advertise for its rivals, and as such the order has been stayed until October. So, at least for the next couple of months, we won't get to read about the above device on Apple's website. It seems this, like other Apple versus Samsung lawsuits, will continue to drag on and on.
Source: Bloomberg via iMore
The burning of the Muslim holy book by U.S. forces at an Afghan prison is unforgivable, a powerful council of Muslim scholars said Friday. It demanded that foreign forces turn over control of prisoners to Afghanistan's government.
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Hold on folks! Looks like we might be seeing a White iPad 2? Well, 9To5Mac just received pictures of a white "iPad 2" digitizer. Now whether these are real or fake, we do not know, and won’t know until March 2nd. It would be pretty interesting to see a white iPad as an apology for Apple’s failure on the White iPhone 4.
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Looks like whomever was running Motorola’s YouTube page today might have gone a wee bit rogue. To recap, a comment on a video of the Atrix 4G was greeted with a tongue so sharp we had to make sure it wasn’t ours. "If you want to do? custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we’ll continue with our strategy that is working thanks." Whoops.
The comment was deleted not too long after we first reported it. But the fallout continued, with Motorola issuing tan apology on Facebook, and saying there may be a compromise for those who wish to do a little hacking:
We apologize for the feedback we provided regarding our bootloader policy. The response does not reflect the views of Motorola.
We are working closely with our partners to offer a bootloader solution that will enable developers to use our devices as a development platform while still protecting our users’ interests. More detailed information will follow as we get closer to availability.
There also was this response to a followup on the YouTube page:
So we attempt to answer nearly all comments raised on this channel across over 130 videos and in a timely fashion. Sometimes we? make a mistake, and the remark we agree could have been better phrased and more polite. So we do apologise, and that we will continue to monitor feedback on the wider discussion and pass that along. Thank you.
Mistakes certainly do happen, and we certainly understand the … patience … required when working in public. We’d cut Moto a little slack here — but we’ll also keep an eye out for any more shenanigans. [Facebook, YouTube] Thanks, Lil’ Stevie!
Motorola apologizes for YouTube comment, says it's working on bootloader compromise posted originally by Android Central
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