Announced in late June at Google I/O 2012, and available for pre-order ever since in select countries – both from Google and other third-party retailers – the Nexus 7 finally started shipping yesterday. At the same time, Google authorized its retail partners to start selling the tablet in their stores, with companies like GameStop, Staples, Sam’s Club or Office Depot having already received Nexus 7 stock.

Reuters reported on Friday afternoon that the Google tablet sold out with various U.S. retailers including GameStop, Staples, Sam’s Club, while Office Depot “continued to offer the device for sale as of the afternoon.”

GameStop went on record to say that it has already sold out its initial allotments and that it will receive more Nexus 7 units only next month:

“We blew through the first two allotments,” a GameStop spokesperson said.

A third allotment of preorders will be available in August. The game retailer declined to share exact number of preorders.

Google did not mention how many tablets it sold since it started taking pre-orders, but Hugo Barra did say at Google I/O that the first day pre-order number was “big,” while Eric Schmidt on Thursday revealed to reporters that “there was ‘immense demand’ for the Nexus 7 in the first week after it was introduced.”

The Search giant isn’t saying that its tablet has sold out already, but shipping time on Google Play is at 1-2 weeks for the 8GB version and 2-3 weeks for the 16GB version.

Have you purchased your Google Nexus 7 tablet yet?

  • fran farrell

    You, especially should know, that the Nexus 7″ is a knowledgeable digital assistant when you enable voice control, Google Now, g+ and other Android features, your digital assists become more intelligent, for you and each of your circles.

    In the future artificially intelligent hardware with the right human factors 5_8″ for pockets and hands will be named for their primary function, Personalized Digital Assistance. Phones and media tablets are as dead as the feature phone.

  • haysharpe18

    I orded mine at gamestop should have it by august 7

  • TGJuggernaut

    The Google Play store is shipping in the next three days though, correct? Is that for both the 8GB and the 16GB?

  • dracosolon

    They are kind of blowing it. They obviously decide to be conservative with their supply and it’s biting them in the a$$. A month’s wait is not cool.