The Google Nexus 7 has finally started shipping to customers who had pre-ordered it. There’s no way you will be able to get your hands on a Nexus 7 if you haven’t pre ordered already. Many stores have stocked up the devices; however, they are all refusing to sell it and waiting for a green signal from Google instead. Since Google themselves have started shipping the device, and some users have claimed that they have received a “shipped” email from Google, seems like the green signal is given. Here’s an official release from Google:
“We’re now shipping Nexus 7 pre-orders. The first wave of orders are going out today and all pre-orders are scheduled to ship within the next 3 business days. Once your order has shipped you will receive a confirmation email and tracking number. Though our agents are unable to provide a specific delivery date for individual pre-orders, please rest assured that our shipping team is working to fulfill all orders as quickly as possible.”
While most of the stores are still refusing to handover the devices to customers who have pre-ordered, folks at Gamestop have decided to go ahead. This marks the first official Google Nexus 7 release, and it seems like Gamestop is the first place where users can grab the device at retail, however, don’t even think of entering a Gamestop store in a bid to get hold of a Nexus 7 without having pre-ordered previously as most of the store’s Nexus 7 tablet stock is reserved for customers who had pre-ordered the device, and the company says, “There may be some very limited quantities available to purchase”.
On the other hand, Staples are not able to “sell” the tablet today, but allowing people to visit the store and pick up the order at some locations. In the United Kingdom, Ebuyer had units yesterday itself and few users have reportedly received them. The Nexus 7 includes a $25 credit for Google Play which should allow users to start exploring the app world for free.
People who haven’t pre-ordered yet and craving for a Nexus 7, Gamestop are accepting orders and the same will be delivered by August 7th. Seems like a good deal. Any user wanting to pay only $200 for the tablet, plus shipping and tax, has to go through Google. Other stores only have $250 32GB model to offer. Happy hunting.