Google has experienced healthy sales of their Nexus 7 tablet, but you won’t hear it from them. According to analyst Benedict Evans, the company has sold between 4.5 and 4.6 million slates since launching last summer. While the figure is a triumph for Google — the company had hoped to sell 3 million tablets by the end of 2012 — it falls short of some predictions. It doesn’t match sales of Apple’s iPad Mini and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, either.
As recently as December reports suggested that Google could move as many as 7 million Nexus 7 tablets by the end of last year. The current estimate, based on sales data from ASUS, Google’s partner in manufacturing the N7, still falls within the low range of initial projections.
Rumors already have the next Nexus 7 launching later this year. Improvements might include a higher resolution display, faster processor, and access to Android’s Key Lime Pie version.