There’s been some talk over Google’s first flagship tablet — the Nexus 7 — and for good reason. This thing has been selling like hotcakes since it was announced and it’s got Apple’s chonies in a bunch. For those that pre-ordered the tablet from the Google Play Store, there’s still the question of when exactly the Jelly Bean tablet will ship, and if those pre-orders will get the tab before local retail outlets. Maybe we can help answer some of those questions.
Do stores like Gamestop have them in their backrooms? Yes. Are they allowed to sell them? No. Take a look at this internal memo we received from a Gamestop store explicitly instructing employees to hold off on selling the Nexus 7 until further notice. Who’s further notice? Google’s of course. Apparently, the Nexus 7 has already shipped to many 3rd party retailers but they’ve been asked to hold off on releasing, just until those that pre-ordered the device through the Google Play Store receive them first.
I guess you can say Google wants to make sure their customers don’t leave the Play Store with a bad taste in their mouths. If you ask me (and people rarely do), I just want to see the floodgates open, and jelly bean released unto the world. In some cases, this will be the first time many Android users have ever owned a stock Android device sans manufacturer UI’s. Remember, those that ordered the tablet from Gamestop, Office Depot and other retailers are Google customers too. In fact, the same $25 Google Play Store credit also applies to them as well. So, Google… let my people go!