Google seems to have underestimated demand for its first tablet computer, or, at the very least, overestimated the public’s love of “the cloud.”
TechCrunch and other media sites are reporting the 16 gigabyte version of the Nexus 7, a 7-inch Android 4.1 tablet, is sold out at the Google Play store.
The $200 8GB version, available only online, is still in stock. Since the Nexus 7 does not have a memory card slot, and the micro-USB port does not currently support mass storage devices, consumers seem to prefer the $250 model with more storage capacity.
New orders for the 16GB tablet have been halted, according to The Guardian. Asus, manufacturer of the tablet for Google, is allegedly ramping up production to meet demand.
Sears, and perhaps other brick-and-mortar stores, appears to still have the 16GB unit in stock.
Though the Nexus 7 has received glowing reviews and seems popular, Google has not released any sales figures.
I ordered a 16GB version July 13 but was told by Google it would not ship until this week.