Google’s 16 GB Nexus 7, No Longer on the Play Store

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According to latest reports, Google’s 16 GB Nexus 7 has disappeared from Play Store due to overwhelming demand. That being said, buyers were advised to sign up for an email alert to receive notifications as soon as the $200-worth tablet is back in stock.

Underestimating Demand

The search engine giant didn’t reveal why its 16 GB Nexus 7 is no longer for sale. However, there are sources saying that Google “seriously underestimated” demand. It appears that it is dealing with limited supplies for the 16 GB Nexus 7 for some time.

Recently, Google published a rough timetable as to when it will be able to deliver the said tablet to its customers. In fact, all 16 GB Nexus 7 that were ordered through July 11 were supposed to be shipped by July 20. Instead, the search engine giant stated that it will be able to ship the remaining orders by July 27.

It was difficult to find stocks of Google’s Android tablet on local retail stores. GameStop stopped taking orders for the Nexus 7 tablet, shortly after the device was shipped in mid-July. Additionally, it has listed the tablet as back-ordered. Around the same time, Staples announced that it no longer has the tablet in stock. It has listed the Nexus 7 as available in-store only and on special order.

On the other hand, eBay sellers are offering Nexus 7 to those who are getting itchy to have their own Android tablet.

Nexus 7 Issues

Although the overwhelming demand for Nexus 7 means good news for Google, there were claims that the device has display issues. This includes backlight bleeding, touch responsiveness problems, and defective manufacturing.

According to Venture Beat’s Devindra Hardawar, there are times that the device’s touchscreen doesn’t register input while performing data-sensitive operations. There were also reports that the tablet’s touch response fails whenever the screen plays graphics-intensive games. In addition, there were customers who reported hardware issues, such as the displays are not properly screwed on some units.

However, the Android tablet is not the first popular device to have quality issues. When Apple’s iPhone 4S was first released, some early customers reported yellow discoloration on the handset’s display. It was later linked to a manufacturing process residue.

Meanwhile, the $200-worth 8 GB Nexus 7 is available through Google Play only, and it is currently shipping within three to five days.

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