The Nexus 7 was unveiled at Google's annual developer's conference in June and has quickly sold out in most U.S stores, with continued delays on pre-order shipments.
The Nexus 7 8GB model is currently the most widely available in the U.S, with Google Play indicting shipments after 3-5 business days. The 16GB, however, is under higher demand, with reported delays of up to four weeks.
Google + posts suggest that those who pre-ordered their tablets straight after the Google I/O conference on June 29, have received their tablets, but those who ordered after are facing delays.
Costco, GameStop, Staples are all sold out, expecting to receive a new batch of tablet orders in the next 3-4 weeks.
Online stores are also reporting sell outs. B&H's website says the tablet is available for pre-order, but will release in limited quality.
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Google Statement on Shipping Status:
We've had incredible demand for our new Nexus 7 tablet and are shipping them as quickly as possible. When your device ships you will receive a notification from Google Play with a shipping tracking number. We will have all orders placed through July 13 processed and shipped soon. Orders placed after July 13 will ship according to the quoted timeframe when you purchased and we will update you with a tracking number when we've shipped. Thanks for your patience.
Below are more specific details by country for devices ordered through July 13. If the below information is not true for you, and you ordered on or before July 13, please reach out to our support team so we can investigate.
In the US:
We've shipped all standalone Nexus 7 8GB orders (e.g.: those without a case, charger or Nexus Q). By the end of day on July 19 (PDT), we will have shipped all standalone Nexus 7 16GB orders placed through July 11 (PDT), and upgraded these orders to overnight shipping. We will process the remaining standalone Nexus 7 16GB orders by the end of next week with overnight shipping.
If you ordered your tablet with a case, charger or Nexus Q, your Nexus 7 will ship this week with overnight shipping, in some cases ahead of the rest of your order. But don't worry; the rest of your order will be on its way soon.
We've shipped all Nexus 7 8GB orders. We are in the process of shipping Nexus 7 16GB orders and will ship them in 1-2 weeks.
In the UK:
All Nexus 7 8GB orders will ship by July 20 (BST). All Nexus 7 16GB orders placed through June 30 (BST), will ship by July 20 (BST). The remaining Nexus 7 16GB orders will ship next week.
All Nexus 7 8GB and Nexus 7 16GB orders will be fulfilled by the end of day on July 19 (AEST) and will arrive in 3-5 days.
The Nexus 7 is Google's first Android tablet and was built in collaboration with ASUS. The 7-inch tablet is as light as a paperback book at just 340 grams and is extremely portable. Yet, its small frame is packed with a host of features.
By tapping into Google's Play store, the tablet becomes the ideal device for gaming, movies, apps, e-book and magazines. The Nexus 7 comes with a 1280 x 800 display and a Tegra 3 chipset. Its quadcore CPU, 12-core GPU makes navigation and gaming extremely smooth.
In addition to its front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, gyroscope and accelerometer, it also has up to nine hours of video playback.
Jelly Bean Features
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Google Chrome Default Browser
Google Chrome on Jelly Bean has replaced honeycomb and ICS's default browsers. It's speedy, elegant and one of the best browsers on the market.
This is a new feature to Jelly Bean that is run through a Siri-like voice recognition tool. It gives you answers and prompts based on your interests identified through your Google Search history, calendar and location data.
On Jelly Bean, widgets can be re-sized and organized by users manually.
Improved Camera App
The Jelly Bean camera app has been improved the way photos can be viewed. Users can access their photos in an instant with a swipe gesture and a pinch-in-zoom gesture turns the screen into a filmstrip.
The NFC file-sharing interface has been significantly improved through Jelly Bean. Users can now hook-up to another NFC-enabled Android phone by tapping it against another device. Information is then transferred between the two phones through Bluetooth.