Love it or hate it, got one or not the Bumper was an accessory that was at least available – for some – when the Nexus 4 first launched back in November last year. The Bumper is no longer appearing on Google Play, having disappeared just as the Nexus 4 wireless charging orb did recently.
The direct link to the Bumper still works however it is now listed with a status of ‘Nexus 4 Bumper (Black) is no longer available for sale.’ which has a ring of finality. We will speak to Google Australia and see if there is anything they have to say about the removal. However, at this stage it would seem that it is simply a case of Bon Voyage to the accessory which has actually been out stock since late November.
The bumper was quite expensive, costing $19.99 with the additional cost of $10 shipping on top which left a sour taste in most customers mouths. Having purchased a bumper and used it, the final result was that the phone felt quite protected but at the expense of adding a larger amount of bulk and width to the phone. If I had continued to use the bumper it may have saved my Nexus 4 from its recent high velocity meeting with some concrete.
Did you purchase a Nexus 4 Bumper? Do you still use it?