The sheer buzz surrounding the launch of the Google Nexus 7 tablet is quite unprecedented, especially for an Android tablet.
The unique blend of great hardware, pocket friendly price, and cutting edge OS (Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean) have made it one of the most hotly anticipated devices in recent memory.
Going by early reports, it may just be living up to its immense hype after all.
The Google Nexus 7 hit stores in the USA on the 13th of July, and they seem to have already run out of the tablet within a handful of hours.
GameStop, for instance, claimed that it had run out of its first two allotments of the Jelly Bean slate. This means that the retail chain will have to wait for its next allotment (arriving in August) before it will get to sell even one more Nexus 7.
WalMart’s subsidiary chain, Sam’s Club, and Staples were already through with their allotments on Friday too, listing the device as being out of stock on their websites on that very day.
While Google is said to be selling every 8 GB Nexus tablet (priced at $199) at a loss, going down the Amazon Kindle Fire route could pay off in the medium to long run. The Amazon tablet cornered a section of the market even the iPad couldn’t touch – that of tablet buyers on a budget.
Capitalizing on its content system was the order of the day, and it proved to be a huge success in the larger scheme of things for Amazon Inc. Google is most definitely hoping the Nexus 7 meets a similar (or better) fate, and the early signs seem to be extremely positive.