It was way, way back -- sometime earlier today -- when we reported on a helpful new shopping app named whohas.it, due to be released for Android users later this month. Less than 8 hours later, we're reporting on the whohas.it service once again, but this time in regards to Google's much sought after Nexus 4, which sold out in less than an hour yesterday.
Sometime post-sell out, Google pulled its previously available "Notify Me" functionality, which was supposed to notify users when the Nexus 4 was available for purchase. Unfortunately, it was widely reported today that most (if not all) users that signed up to be notified failed to receive any notice at all regarding the Nexus 4's availability, before or after the Nexus 4's rapid sell out.
Whether Google pulled the notification option due to difficulties with its efficacy is unknown, though it seems unlikely that Google can't handle providing a simple, effective email notification service. Whatever the case, the option for Google to keep you in-the-know about when the Nexus 4 is back in stock seems to be gone, leaving Nexus 4 hopefuls no other option but to do as Google suggests and "Please check back soon."
Enter whohas.it. whohas.it is a product monitoring service that will provide the same functionality that has recently gone missing from Google's Nexus 4 pages, but a bit more robustly. Users can track the Nexus 4's availability using the whohas.it service and elect to receive mobile, email or desktop (browser audio alarm) notifications.
Unfortunately, as mentioned above, Android users are still waiting for the Android version of the whohas.it app, so mobile notifications are limited to the email variety (though as we reported in our earlier article, this should work just fine). If you're an iOS user moving to the Nexus 4, you're all set on all fronts.