Google has been forced to temporarily stop sales of the 16GB Nexus 7 Android tablet in the US and UK, but the tablet is still on sale in Australia.
Google has cited "high demand" as the reason for the 16GB Nexus 7 currently being unavailable in the US and the UK, though a visit to the Google's Play Store in Australia says the 16GB model will "ship soon" in 1-2 weeks. The 8GB version is listed as being "in stock" and will ship in 3-5 business days.
US and UK customers trying to purchase the 16GB model need to sign up to be notified by e-mail when the Nexus 7 will become available again, with no time frame or date specified. Google hasn't yet released any sales figures of the tablet, nor stated when it expects stocks in these markets to be replenished.
The Google Nexus 7 went on sale in the US, UK, Canada and Australia last week and was shipped to Australian consumers starting from Wednesday 18 July. Google previously promised that all Australian pre-orders placed before Friday 13 July would be fulfilled and shipped by the end of last week.
The Google-branded but ASUS manufactured Nexus 7 device was officially unveiled last month at the company's I/O developers conference.
Google released a statement last week to clarify shipping details confirming an "incredible demand" for the 7in Android tablet.
"We’ve had incredible demand for our new Nexus 7 tablet and are shipping them as quickly as possible," read the statement.
Earlier this month,ASUS revealed that the 16GB model of the Nexus 7 will be sold in Australia through Harvey Norman, JB Hi Fi, Dick Smith, Bing Lee, The Good Guys, Retravision, Radio Rentals, Officeworks, EB Games, Costco, BSR and other authorised resellers from "late July".
The 16GB Nexus 7 is priced at $319 in retail stores, which is the same cost as ordering it directly through the Play Store when you add a $19.99 shipping cost to the $299 price tag.
The cheaper 8GB version of the Nexus 7 ($249 + $19.99 shipping) is only be available to purchase through the Play Store.
The Google Nexus 7 has a smaller 7in screen than the new iPad and is the first device to run the Google's new version of the Android OS, 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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