Google Inc.’s Nexus 7 tablet may be enjoying success in various parts of the world, but the same may not be said for the Chinese market. Citing industry sources, the Taiwanese tech blog, Digitimes, reports that the Chinese government has not yet approved the importation of the 7-inch Android tablet, preventing Google to offer the device to the fast-growing market. This is despite the fact that ASUS, which is Google’s partner in creating the tablet, is purportedly well-received in the country.
Digitimes claims that the possible reason behind this development is Google’s threat of withdrawal from China in March 2010 due to censorship issues.
The lack of assurance over the arrival of the Nexus 7 tablet is said to be proving beneficial for China-based makers of tablet PCs. Said manufacturers are offering devices running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at an average price of $149. By comparison, the most inexpensive Nexus 7 tablet, which has a storage capacity of 8GB, retails for $199 in the United States. It is still unknown whether Google is planning to offer the same price in China if the Nexus 7 gets the green light.
There are, however, unofficial sellers of the tablet in China, such as Taobao, an e-commerce retailer. The usual price in these e-commerce websites is around $235. Nonetheless, the impact of having the Nexus 7 tablet on these websites will be insubstantial as compared to sales from official stores.
It remains to be seen whether the Chinese government will eventually allow Google to sell the tablet in China. However, even without successfully penetrating such market, Google is expected to sell around 3.5 million units of the 7-incher by the end of this year.
Meanwhile, Google has started selling the device in countries like France, Spain, and Germany. In Taiwan, it has also been put up for pre-order, and other Asian countries may follow soon.