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Google Nexus 7 pre-order numbers already ‘big,’ Hugo Barra says

June 29, 2012

The Google Nexus 7, officially announced two days ago during the first Google I/O 2012 keynote, is already available for pre-order form Google Play in the U.S., Canada and Australia, with Google bringing it to other international markets in the coming months.

But is the Nexus 7 going to be a best-selling tablet, just like the Kindle Fire – the device targeted by Google with this Nexus tablet – was when it launched back in late 2011?

Business Insider has “cornered” Hugo Barra, Google’s director of product management for Android, and the executive admitted that the “first-day pre-orders were really, really good.” Are we talking hundreds of thousands or even millions? We wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case considering that the Nexus 7 is packing quite a punch under the hood and selling for a very affordable price for a tablet. Not to mention that the Nexus 7, expected to ship next month, is already running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

Barra was not willing (or allowed?) to mention the total number of Nexus 7 pre-orders for the first day of sales, but he seemed quite confident in Google’s performance so far:

When [Business Insider] pressed for a ballpark figure, he gave us a knowing smirk and said “it’s big.”

We’re certainly interested to hear how big that number really is and it will be interesting to see whether Google will make any announcement regarding Nexus 7 pre-order numbers at any point during the following days.

Comparatively, Apple announces first weekend sales when it comes to its iOS devices because they sell really well. Third-generation iPad sales topped 3 million units at launch back in March, which made Apple a boatload of cash. On the other hand, Amazon never discloses how many Kindle e-readers or Kindle Fire tablets it sells each quarter and we have to keep playing the guessing game with them.