Nexus 7 shipping / launch set for July 13, unless it isn’t

by: Chris SmithJuly 13, 2012

We continue to report on the Nexus 7 release, since the device is currently the hottest Android device out there, but we can’t produce an actual launch date yet. Google promised at Google I/O a mid-July launch for its Jelly Bean device – its first tablet ever – and has been taking pre-orders ever since announcing the device.

We have no idea how many units the company sold thus far, although Google did reveal that pre-order numbers for the first day were “big.” The device is still available for pre-order directly from Google Play, but also from various other third-party retailers in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK.

So far we’ve seen various reports indicating that the device will hit stores this week or at some point next week, with July 12 and July 19 being rumored as potential launch dates for the tablet in the U.S. and UK, respectively. But Google did not come out with a release date yet for either market

So when is this thing coming out?

Google Play orders

Those of you that have pre-ordered the device directly from Google should be, at least in theory, the first ones to get the device. Many of our readers have shared pre-order details with us, but these do not include shipping confirmations as neither of them has received any notices from Google yet.

However, it appears that at least one lucky Nexus 7 buyer is going to get his Android 4.1 tablet later today, at least according to the screenshot above. The email says that UPS should ship the Nexus 7 today, between 2:15 – 6:15. Since xda-developers Forum user bige610 forgot to also blur the tracking number of his package (by the way, we know your name too from that screenshot), anyone can go to UPS and check the delivery status – we did that too and found out that UPS is waiting for the shipment from Google to arrive at its facility before it can update the delivery date. I guess we’ll just have to check back in a few hours to see whether the package is shipped.

While we have blurred personal information, the above UPS screenshot did reveal this package is supposed to ship somewhere in Illinois, in case this is a helpful detail to our readers.

Should this particular package arrive at its final destination today, then we expect plenty of other Galaxy Nexus buyers to receive their devices today or in the following days.

Other retailers

Yesterday we heard that Office Depot decided to put a hold on Nexus 7 sales and we assumed the order came straight from Google. Now we have more reasons to believe that Google must have stopped sales from third-party retailers because the Search giant did exactly that with a New York-based store. The Verge reports that Adorama had “over 30 units in stock” as of yesterday, but the company can’t sell the device just yet:

Google has contacted Adorama and requested that the store immediately halt all sales of the Nexus 7. Adorama staff have told some customers that the tablet will be available again starting Sunday.

We’re certainly interested to see whether Adorama will start selling the device on Sunday after all, but in case Nexus 7 shipping starts today, we could see other retailers start in-store sales in the following days.

The same online publication reports that UK retailer Ebuyer expects to start selling the Nexus 7 on July 19, or next Thursday.

We’ll be back with more details once we know more, in the mean time, check your email, you may have received shipping details too – in which case let us know whether you’re getting the device this week or not.

  • Mani C

    I got the nexus 7 delivered this morning ….

    • jorge ruiz

      You are the only one that has:(

    • That’s a lie

    • Michael Duffy

      What day did you order it? I ordered mine on the 29th. When I spoke with Google last night,they said, “Anyday now”

    • Ozz

      Where r u? How does it feel to have the device in your hand?

    • Get yours from eBuyer too?

    • Bill

      When did u order urs?

    • sydney


  • Matthew Lyons

    Mine is being delivered this morning, keeping an eye on the tracking, ordered from ebuyer.

    • Jab

      So i guess youve got it in your hands now then/?

      • Matthew Lyons

        No, I am at work, been delivered to my Local Post Office will have it tomorrow morning when I collect it.

  • jorge ruiz

    Google play is being messed up all I wanted was the nexus 7 to get here before the 27 of July but from the looks of it, it wont happen gonna have to leave 3 weeks before I get anything if it wasn’t for that I could care less when I got it :()

  • deathtoapple

    TNT are delivering in the UK

  • Pat Pending

    I ordered my one from Play on 28th, I have just checked my Bank and the money has not been taken yet so I am not expecting it any time soon!

    • nick

      ordered on the 5 mins after releases, and same situation

  • Carlos Este

    Nothing moves in the UK so far

    • CitizenErased

      Currys has revised its “expected” date from 19/07/2012 to 16/07/2012, so it appears that Monday is now the key date in the UK.

  • Corey S.

    I pre ordered mine from Game Stop & they have no idea when it will ship.

  • Phil S

    Just saw the charge on my credit card. Did not get an email from google yet but based off the play store shipping info they are shipping it out today.

  • I got mine today from ebuyer (parcelforce AM too!), it sat on ‘picking’ for ages yesterday – didn’t think it was going to ship.

  • Pissed off not only did I order the first day just found out if I had ordered from ebuyer before mid-day yesterday I would have received it to day and got free p and p Ex Google play store customer

    • Ian Santopietro

      Don’t worry, ebuyer probably won’t have the ability to sell future google-direct device until weeks after launch.

  • derekross

    Ordered mine a few minutes before 12pm on the 27th. Google then removed the link and didn’t make it purchasable again for a few hours. I haven’t gotten a tracking # yet.

  • Sean

    Got mine this morning! :)

    • sydney

      so…jealous! :)

    • Christine

      Did you order from the play store?

  • Michael Duffy

    I spoke to Google customer service about an hour ago. They did start shipping Wed and Thur. According to them, All of shipments are labeled and UPS is taking truckloads of them. They claim that UPS had taken the maximum possible the past two days. You will get a notification WHEN UPS scans them into their system. Just about everyone that ordered on the 27th Should get notification by today.

    Google can’t give you an update until UPS sends them the scanning results.

    • jorge ruiz

      I ordered on the 28th u think I might get a notification :)

    • Sky

      3 of us ordered on the 27th, no notification for anyone. (Canada)

  • 12 angry customers

    Dear Google.


    Thank you.

    ps. I want my shipment money back

  • Sitting at my local Office Depot waiting for me but the register says “Do Not Sell” if they try to ring up. Google really needs to get off their ass.

  • DigitalSafaris

    Arrived this morning 13 July, UK, pre-ordered from Ebuyer.

  • CdRsKuLL

    Go mine waiting at home to be unwrapped :-) via ebuyer (uk)

  • Angry Dave

    You go straight to the source and think you’ll get it first. No. Thank you Google for having no clue when I will get it delivered and charging me £9.99 for the pleasure.
    Ebuyer – free delivery
    PCWorld – free delivery

    • jorge ruiz

      Thank you, you are the only one with sense here.

  • john

    How can Google scrw this up like this? People who ordered within an hour or two have got no further communication, and others are getting the device before them?

  • Calm down. UPS is going to do what is referred to a bulk ship scan around 3 PM today. That authorizes the loads that are already on trucks to be delivered. UPS is acting as a fulfiller for Google. They actually received the pallets at there shipping facilities. This is not an uncommon practice.

  • DroidMe

    YES!! It true they are here just picked up mine from Gamestop… Funny thing is that there a price tag of 99,999 on box and because someone paid 999 for it other day in store.

  • Rats

    I ordered on June 27. I received a cancellation notice from Google yesterday (12th) stating that they couldn’t deliver to a POB. My street address was there too. I dad to reorder.

  • Unhappy Google customer

    Not Happy. Not only was I charged by the google play store 2 days ago I still have yet to get any info regarding delivery. Wish I had saved myself some money on delivery and bought from Ebuyer. Not a good start Google Play…………..

  • Dan

    This is simply another big company not taking care of its loved ones…. hey preorder then bend over…

  • NoNexus7Yet

    From the sounds of things I’m EXTREMELY disappointed with Google and how they have handled my Nexus 7 shipping. Why would I PREORDER something DIRECTLY FROM YOU only to find out I would actually have got the item faster if I just waited to order from a 3rd party or even walk into a store and buy it myself???

  • Just checked my CC A/C. Google has charged me which means they have shipped it, waiting for UPS to update the info. now…. cannt wait :)

  • Love

    Just went to “My Orders” in the play store and it shows today’s date under the date column. I ordered on the 27th. I am going with the assumption it shipped today.

    • jorge ruiz

      Me too I hope they ship it soon


    my card has been charged today here in the USA……….. Yippy

  • Adam706

    just got charged from play store

  • j

    I just picked up mine from gamestop it’s awesome

  • I pre-ordered the 8GB on the 28th… but I cancelled a few days later and pre-ordered the 16GB on July 2nd. No update from google, and transaction appears as pending. So much for a pre-order. I should have just gone to the Game Stop around the corner.

    • Just got an email letting me know my order shipped. However, my credit card hasn’t been charged yet. The tracking number doesn’t show any info, but I’m sure that will change in the morning. I’m really bummed at how Google has handled the pre-order.

      • fer09

        I also got an email saying that my order shipped. After that an email saying that my order is on hold because my card has no founds. I called to my bank and they say google received the money but they try to charge my card twice so the second transaction was declined. I called google and they say they do not know what happened, that was very frustrating and that I should wait until monday and see if the problem is solved :S what happens to google?????

  • Dan

    I see my cc has been charged so mine must be on the way. I really am not in a big hurry to get this but 1) I paid for shipping which I could avoided, and 2) I mistakenly thought you had to order from Google Play to get the $25 credit. I figured the credit would offset all of the shipping cost. No more pre-orders for me. Not from Google, not form anyone. Haste makes waste…lol

  • luzaO

    WORST RELEASE IN THE HISTORY…. HOW DISSAPOINTED! I paid EXTRA for something they’re NOT giving me. they should add the shipping price as Googleplay store credit!

  • Toni Hall

    Here is a screen shot of my order with Googleplay. They have shipped my Nexus 7 !!!!
    Jul 14Google Inc. shipped your order.
    Track UPS package #1Z7F382V0200475925

  • Mani C
  • [email protected]

    Google should at the very least refund the shipping fee it charged to those who ordered on the Play store. Or increase the Google Play credit to compensate.

  • TGJuggernaut

    So Google has said that they will be shipping pre-orders from the Google Play store over the next 3 days. Is this for botht he 8GB and the 16GB? Or is there a difference in expected ship time?

  • Pat Pending

    I had an e-mail this evening saying my order had been dispatched. I am in the UK London area, I will let you know when it arrives.

  • Pat Pending

    It was waiting for me when I got home last night. Now I can learn how to fly it.

  • Pat Pending

    My experience with Google has left me in no doubt that I will never Pre order anything again. I would have got it sooner and not paid the shipping cost if I had just gone to a retail outlet. WAY TO GO GOOGLE!