Ever since it sold out on launch day, a return to stock for Google’s Nexus 4 has been hotly anticipated. Now it appears that potential customers in the US will have a chance to buy the Android handset at noon PST (3pm EST) today.

Reports (brought to our attention by The Verge) on Twitter and the Android Central Forums detail an email informing recipients that the Nexus 4 will be back in stock on Google Play today.

There’s no word yet as to when users in other countries will be able to order the device again.

Despite being met with good reviews and high demand, the LG-made Nexus 4 has been the subject of criticism – not only because until today Google had gone two weeks without any word on when it would return to stock, but also because beyond the Google Play store, retail prices have been significantly higher.

The 3G-enabled 32GB Nexus 7 tablet was launched on the same day as the Nexus 4 and also sold out, although it began to return to availability in some markets including the UK, at the weekend.