Google's Asus-made Nexus 7 tablet has been selling fast around the world. So fast that Google has had to stop taking orders for the 16GB Nexus 7 through the Google Play store.
Thankfully, that's a problem specific to the US and the UK, with Australian users of Google Play faced with a one- to two-week delivery estimate for the 16GB model.
According to The Guardian, Google's internal planners thought that the 8GB model was going to be the fastest mover. While they believed that the 8GB model would be the most attractive option for those now committed to the cloud, the 8GB Nexus has been selling relatively slowly, while demand for the 16GB model has now exceeded supply.
Customers in those territories are being asked to sign up to be informed when more stock becomes available.
The Nexus 7 is also widely out of stock in retail stores around Australia. Speaking with staff at JB Hi-Fi in Sydney, the 16GB Nexus 7 sold out within hours. While a few tablets may still be available in outer suburban or regional stores, it will be hard to find in city areas. So for many buyers still keen to get it soon, it may be best to take the one- to two-week delivery schedule via the online order option.
The news of the Nexus 7's success comes at a time when Android has been struggling to stake any claim in the tablet market.