Google Nexus 7 Release Date Remains Unclear

The Google Nexus 7 launch just got a bit messier.

Originally, today was rumored to be the release date for the Nexus 7. However, yesterday, we learned that Google told at least one retailer to hold back stock of the tablet until further notice. Apparently, some retailers didn’t get the memo.

According to a report from The Verge, retailers Adorama and Ebuyer both began selling the Nexus 7 today only to be admonished by Google. Ebuyer quickly switched the Nexus 7 back into pre-order mode and Adorama confirmed that Google requested that the site stop all sales of the Nexus 7 tablet.

The Nexus 7, which went on sale for a short period today, still doesn’t have a release date.

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Adorama has apparently told some Nexus 7 buyers that it expects the device to be in stock again this Sunday. Ebuyer has an expected availability of July 19th.

Adding to the confusion is a post on XDA-forums where a Nexus 7 pre-orderer has indicated that his Nexus 7 has shipped out. He has even provided a bit of proof. However, as of right now, it appears that he is alone as other Nexus 7 pre-orderers have yet to see their device ship out.

Our own Kevin Purcell, who placed a Nexus 7 pre-order through Google, says that his status has not changed and that his device has not yet shipped out.


So, it’s unclear exactly when Google and the retailers that will be selling the Nexus 7 plan on shipping the device out. What is clear is that Google has a complicated situation on its hands and without any sort of official word, it’s no surprise that Nexus 7 pre-orderers and those interested in picking up the tablet are wondering where it might be.

Google has not yet given the device an official release date only saying that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet will be released in the middle of July and the company is still within that launch window.

Google’s own website lists the device as shipping out in 1-2 weeks so, at the very least, we expect the company to announce something relatively soon.


Has anyone out there seen their Nexus 7 tablet ship yet?