A little earlier than expected, Google and ASUS have started shipping the Google Nexus 7 tablets. In Great Britain and the United States the first units are already shipped and will arrive soon in store. In the US, online retailer Adorama is listed as “available upon request”. Adorama told reporters at the Verge that they expect the first shipment of the Jelly Bean equipped tablets to arrive today.
The British company Ebuyer has received a limited number of devices. According to a Ebuyer customer, his tablet was probably already prepared for shipment. Apparently the numbers were still very low, because now the product page shows that Ebuyer has only the pre-order option. The next delivery of tablets is reportedly expected July 19.
Retailers are only receiving the $250 16-GB version of the Nexus 7. The $199 version with 8 GB of memory is available exclusively through the Google Play Store. Google itself has still not mentioned a concrete date of availability for the Nexus 7. Last we heard from Google, delivery is expected ”in mid-July.”
Once Google discovered the premature release of the Nexus 7 tablet, they quickly put a stop to it. Google rapped Adorama on the knuckles and the company told customers that delivery would not resume until Sunday at the earliest. Meanwhile there are reports that Google has begun to deliver the Nexus 7 to customers who have made their pre-orders via the Google Play Store very shortly after the performance of the device at the developer conference I / O.