Reuters reports that some major retail chains have been running out of Google Nexus 7 tablets on the device’s first day of availability. According to Reuters, customers have already ripped all the Nexus 7 tablets out of GameStop’s inventory while both the Sam’s Club and Walmart websites list the device as out of stock as well. While GameStop would not specify the exact number of Nexus 7 tablets it had ordered, a company spokesman told Reuters that it ”blew through the first two allotments,” meaning GameStop won’t have any more Nexus 7s to sell until a third allotment becomes available in August.
There has been some confusion from those who have placed Google Nexus 7 preorders regarding when they can expect their tablets to arrive in the mail (see here and here, for example). But now, Android Police reports that Google will ship out all preorders made through the Google Play store over the next three business days, with some tablets already having been shipped out on Friday. Google says that once customers’ orders have shipped they’ll received a confirmation email along with a tracking number so they know exactly what their shipment’s status is. More →
Android fans who preordered Google’s flagship Nexus 7 tablet through the Google Play store could get a nice big treat in the mail as soon as Friday. DroidMatters reports that Google has started shipping Nexus 7 preorders and some customers could see their tablets arrive as soon as July 13th. The site discovered that some tablets were arriving on Friday through a posting on the XDA-Developers forum showing an order sheet for the Nexus 7 with a scheduled delivery time of July 13th between 2:15 pm and 6:15 pm. DroidMatters speculates that other retailers will start shipping their own Nexus 7 preorders now that Google got the ball rolling. More →
Google and ASUS may have taken a page out of Apple’s playbook when designing and building the Nexus 7 tablet. The upcoming slate has been found to feature a Smart Cover-like magnetic sensor that, with the proper cover, will turn off the tablet’s display and put it to sleep. The Nexus 7 appears to be the first and only Android tablet with a magnetic sensor. Neither Google or ASUS announced the feature during the products unveiling last month, however, and it isn’t mentioned among the tablet’s specs on Google’s website either. The hidden feature was discovered by YouTube user wwscoggin, and a video demonstration follows below. More →
iSuppli has conducted its own teardown of Google’s 8GB Nexus 7 tablet and has found, contrary to prior estimates, that Google may break even with the device after all. All Things D reports that iSuppli’s teardown shows all the components within the 8GB tablet cost around $151.75, or more than $30 less than an earlier estimate from TechInsights. All Things D says that the big discrepancy between the two estimates is that Techinsight made its estimate “without having first obtained the hardware for analysis.” More →
Google has already admitted that it won’t be making any money selling its new Nexus 7 tablet. However, a new teardown from TechInsights suggests that Google could actually lose money on every single Nexus 7 it sells. Fudzilla did some calculations based on the TechInsights teardown and found that every 8GB Nexus 7 tablet has $184 worth of parts, or just $15 less than the Nexus 7′s sale price. Fudzilla notes that this estimate doesn’t account for other costs such as marketing, logistics, and research and development, so it’s highly likely that Google could sell the 8GB Nexus 7 at a significant loss. However, Fudzilla also says that Google could make up for this by selling lots of 16GB Nexus 7 models, which will generate “a handsome profit” for each unit sold. More →
Amazon isn’t taking Google’s Nexus 7 challenge lying down. Per UnwiredView, the China Times is reporting that Amazon has ordered 2 million new Kindle Fire units for possible release on August 7. Amazon is only ordering 7-inch versions of its Android-based tablet for the time being, with 8.9-inch and 10-inch versions of the device launching at a later time according to the report. The release of Google’s own Nexus 7 tablet has put some added pressure on Android tablet OEMs, especially since it has matched the $200 price benchmark that Amazon established with the original Kindle Fire. More →
The repair wizards at iFixit have gotten hold of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and have found that it absolutely bludgeons Amazon’s rival Kindle Fire tablet in terms of battery performance. According to iFixit, Google’s new tablet has “a 4326 mAh, 16 Wh battery that can last 9:49 hours” or more than two hours longer than the Kindle Fire, which “has a 4400 mAh, 16.28 Wh battery ” that “only lasts 7:42 hours.” More →
Just what the tech industry needs: even more prospective patent lawsuits! The latest shocking twist in the patent soap opera comes courtesy of The Inquirer’s Carly Page, who has gotten a Nokia spokesperson to assert that Google and Asus may be infringing upon some of Nokia’s Wi-Fi patents with their new Nexus 7 tablet and also says that “neither Google nor Asus is licensed under our patent portfolio.” The good news here is that Nokia, unlike Apple, sounds much more inclined to take its pound of licensing flesh and be done with it, as the spokesperson also said that “companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license.” In other words, Google and Asus may be able to get off relatively easy if they pony up the licensing cash. More →
Forget the quad-core processor and rock-bottom $199 price tag, forget the brand new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, and forget that it is Google’s first own-brand tablet: the Nexus 7 is “just another Android-based tablet.” Google unveiled its Nexus 7 tablet on Wednesday and for the most part, interest was piqued. There are two sides to every story, however, and not everyone is convinced Google’s new tablet will have any impact on the industry. More →
Google’s entrance into the sub-$200 tablet space wasn’t exactly unexpected, but I think we can all say that the Nexus 7 is pleasantly surprising. At $199, it features a 7-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display, a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a variety of sensors. It’s also built very well at first hold. One immediate problem, however, is that the bezel around the sides is so tiny when held in portrait orientation that I keep accidentally hitting the display with my thumb. I’m not sure if you’re supposed to use the Nexus 7in landscape all of the time, because the bezel on the top and bottom are much, much thicker. But! I do like the device overall, and it feels good to hold and use.
Google unveiled its first own-brand tablet on Wednesday, and it may end up forcing Android tablet vendors to make big changes to their strategies. The new Android tablet is sleek and its price tag is attractive, but Google Android boss Andy Rubin confirmed one thing the tablet is not to All Things D on Wednesday: a profit maker. More →
Google on Wednesday unveiled the latest version of its Android operating system and along with it, the company’s first own-brand tablet. Dubbed the “Nexus 7,” Google’s tablet is a direct response to the difficulty Android vendors have had thus far in competing with the wildly popular Apple’s iPad. The Kindle Fire burst onto the scene when it launched last year, but sales have seemingly fizzled since then and the buzz surrounding other Android slates has been tepid at best. If there’s one device that has the potential to change this, however, it’s Google’s new Nexus 7. More →