Although Google put the Nexus 7 Tablet up for pre-order both in the US and the UK just hours after officially unveiling it, few of us actually hoped to get the tab before the end of the month. However, it now seems likely that we’ll see the 7-incher start shipping next week, based on a couple of hints picked up by the guys at Phandroid.

First off, you can see on Staples’ official website a very intriguing announcement saying that the tablet “will ship between July 12th and July 17th” and that “expected delivery is 1-3 business days, arriving no earlier than July 13th 2011”.

Ignoring that spelling error which takes us back in time one year, we have no reason to think that Staples, a respected name in the retail industry, is trying to mess with the customers’ minds and announce a shipping date for the Nexus 7 that can’t be put into practice.

Therefore, if Staples will be able to ship the 7-inch tablet next Thursday, it’s safe to assume that the Nexus 7 will start shipping around the same date or even earlier from GameStop and the Google Play Store. Another thing to note regarding Staples’ Nexus 7 listing is that the retail chain is claiming to have only a “limited quantity” of tablets in stock, which doesn’t sound very promising.

The second hint comes from an XDA-Developers’ forum member, going by the nickname of “adiliyo”. He claims to have tried to cancel one of his pre-orders for the Nexus 7 yesterday, and that he received a very interesting reply straight from Google.

According to the e-mail, “at this point it is no longer possible to cancel this preorder” as the “preorder shipment processing on your order has begun, which means that our shipping provider is moving forward with delivery preparation.”

Sure, some of you might say that Google is simply trying to deter customers from cancelling their pre-orders. However, you can easily return your Nexus 7 once received and ask for a refund, which should be issued to you “within 2 weeks”.

That said, we have no reason to think that the “delivery preparation” process has not in fact begun, which means that the brand new Nexus 7 should arrive on some doorsteps in just a few days.

Have you pre-ordered your own Google Nexus 7? Are you excited about the prospect of getting the tablet in no more than a week?

  • Jade

    Does anyone know if this early date applies to the UK as well ?? I just saw the date of the 16th of July on the HMV website

    • Ahmed

      Yh I saw that today, gonna preorder it from them tommoro!

  • bigbade

    just ordered my 16gb today cant wait

  • StuartDMT

    Most of my friends would agree that I’m an Apple fanboy, but I haven’t looked forward to a product release with this much anticipation in years. I’ve ordered 2 Nexus 7s – one for me, one for my mom. I’m stoked!

    • White-o

      Im in the same boat as you, i love Apple, but the Nexus 7 looks to be everything i could ever want in a tablet!
      Other than the missing expandable memory…but….meh lol

  • Flo

    I have just managed to cancel my order.
    After the first day excitement I realised that the connectivity is rubbish.
    Soon we’ll get the same screen resolution, same processor, larger memory, microSD card, USB OTG at the same price.

    • Until you realize that you should always take a Nexus branded device over any other option. The unparalleled support, ROMs and updates straight from Google is enough to keep my from buying anything else.

      • BundleOfSticks

        Don’t even try to explain. Just let ’em go. Someone has to buy the Toshiba/Acer tablet.

      • potatomonster

        he’s gonna be stuck on ics for years

    • HookedOnTabs

      Good call, my thoughts exactly

    • What do you mean?

  • keddren

    My nipples explode with delight (if this is true)!

  • Pandroid

    I’m almost peeing with the excitement,

    • Anonymous

      I am peeing myself with excitement.

  • Jordan Lund

    Can’t wait. It hurts.

  • Trojan

    I ordered mine the day they announced them. It’ll be my first tablet (although my wife has a Xoom, which I bought for her and she uses all the time), and I’m pretty darn excited to get it. Jellybean looks sweet!

  • Phil

    Have been trying to cancel since the 28th of June, 3 emails to them and no reply.

  • George

    I also got similar comment from a google employee today. I was not trying to cancel the shipment but instead trying to upgrade it to 16GB in place of the 8GB I ordered. So they have no reason to not let me change it other than that the shipment process has actually begun

  • haackers

    I ordered mine on the day it was shown at google IO and i cant wait. I already have 7.7 but it still rocking honeycrap (stupid samsung).

  • I so can not wait to get mine!

  • Larry Soldaty

    Java and Flash support?

    • Jer S

      Jelly Bean Has no Flash Support! Adobe is discontinuing flash in favor of HTML 5

  • fartblossom

    My nerd pants went so crazy when I ordered mine, they took off. I tracked them down in a small cabin in Montana.

  • mike mackenzie-grieve

    i know i just got a email from my CC saying that i just got a charge on it for the amount of the purchase, though the strange part was it said it was from youtube.

    but i am so excited, it would be great to get it by wed then i could take it with me on my trip and show my mom.

  • anon

    If you chose to have them preconfigure your tablet to your Google Play account, I can see where there would be a time frame prior to actual shipping where they wouldn’t let you cancel the order. It could be quite the hassle to have to either prevent yours from being programmed or find it in the stacks and stacks of boxes that have been programmed to keep it from being shipped.

  • HookedOnTabs

    Yes, my sister found out from Google that there was no way to use an adapter from the N7 to expand or transfer from SD or USB. Google still has no shipping date. Shipping is 2nd day . She tried to cancel on the 5th of July. Read for your self. Feel free to cut and paste this letter.
    Hello Carol,

    At this point it is no longer possible to cancel this preorder. Preorder shipment processing on your order has begun, which means that our shipping provider is moving forward with delivery preparation.

    Once you receive shipment confirmation and tracking number via email, I recommend leaving a prominent note on the door to let our shipping provider know that you’re refusing delivery of the package. In some cases our shipping provider has returned packages if their drivers see a note for refusal of delivery. The note should include the following:

    – Refuse delivery-Return to Sender – Include signature – Include tracking #

    If your package is returned due to refusal of delivery, your order will be cancelled and refunded within 2 weeks.

    If the package is successfully delivered in spite of the delivery refusal note on your door, you can still refuse delivery of unopened packages within 5 days of delivery. To do so, contact our shipping provider directly to schedule a pick up of your package. Make sure to let them know that the pickup is specifically because you’re refusing delivery.

    IMPORTANT: Don’t open the package. Our shipping provider will not allow refusal of delivery for opened packages.”


    Randal The Google Play Team

  • Ordered from B&H Photo. Hope they ship as soon as possible!

  • ShimSham

    ordered my 8gb thru the GooglePlay store at the end of June, been checking google everyday to see if ANYONE has heard when it will ship out…but no luck so far…seriously cant wait…hav nevr owned a tablet before, only big bulky 10 lb laptops, dont like Apple (no offense!) so seriously can “mid-July” come sooner PLEASSSEE =(

  • New York Customer!

    I just spoke to Google, orders are processing this week and I should expect the order next week. I live in New York State, shipping through UPS

  • Lime Pie

    Think I’ve saved some bucks, I’ve planned to buy Tab2 or Pad3. But when I see it on Google IO I changed it and saved my bucks. I’ve pre-ordered one through my friend.

  • Bob Williams

    Pre Order on June 27th…no word from Google…..bad business/marketing by Google

  • its out now, google sent me a message and they said that its already on the way to my home, this Nexus 7 is gonna have a new home now. >:))