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Google Shocked by Demand for Nexus 7 Tablet

Google Shocked by Demand for Nexus 7 Tablet

Google has had to halt orders of the 16GB version of its new Nexus 7 after demand for the tablet device far exceeded its expectations.

Sales of the 16GB Google Nexus 7 have been incredibly successful, with the device having sold out at Google and their associated stockists.

The Google Play stores in both the UK and the US will now only offer shoppers the option to "sign up to be notified by email" when the larger model, priced at £199, becomes available again.

Google claims that all orders placed up to the end of last week are set to be fulfilled, but no new orders for the 16GB version will be taken for the foreseeable future due to a lack of stock.

The 8GB version, meanwhile, has been a surprisingly slow seller. Visiting the Google Play stores reveals that the smaller model, priced at £159, is shown as "in stock", with devices expected to be shipped within three to five working days.

Google had assumed that the 8GB version, which is only sold online and not in retail stores like the 16GB, would be the more popular model due to its cheaper price tag, but consumers seem to have opted for the 16GB version after noticing that storage on the Nexus 7 cannot be upgraded.

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