It’s no secret that Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 4 smartphones have been hard to come by and now one Google executive is saying some of the blame for shortages lies with manufacturer LG (066570). XDA-Developers points us to Google UK & Ireland Managing Director Dan Cobley, who posted a now-deleted message on his Google+ page apologizing for delayed Nexus 4 shipments that have been caused in part because “supplies from the manufacturer are scarce and erratic.” Although Cobley’s message no longer appears on his page, it has been subsequently pasted onto the XDA-Developers forum. Earlier this month LG admitted that it was having a tough time meeting the “huge demand” for the Nexus 4 and said that both it and Google have been surprised by the high demand for the new smartphone.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.