August 01, 2012, 9:29 PM — The Nexus 7 with 16GB of storage reappeared "in stock" Wednesday on the Google Play store after it was unavailable on the site and in many retail stores in the U.S. for about a week.
Google launched its Nexus 7 tablet at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco. (Image: Google)
A Google spokeswoman said Friday that the 16GB version selling for $249 would come back soon to Google Play, but didn't indicate a date. It wasn't immediately clear when the site began re-selling it, and Google didn't respond to a request to comment. The Google Play site says it will take three to five business days to deliver the 16GB version.
The 8 GB version, selling for $199, has been available on Google Play since the Nexus 7 went on sale July 13. In addition to shortages on Google Play, the 16GB version is still listed as on "back order" at GameStop, and for sale "in store only" with a special order at Staples. Various retailers said they had trouble meeting demand for the larger-capacity Nexus 7 nearly from the start of sales.
Gabe Donnini, a data solutions engineer for Chitika Insights, said Google's restock of the 16 GB version didn't come as a surprise. "The company was expending a lot of effort into making sure that they could meet consumer demand," he said."The shortage was never projected to be a long-term issue."
Chitika runs an online advertising network and has been providing monthly measurements of Web usage with various tablet computers in North America.
Chitika found that when the Nexus 7 was released, the tablet "experienced a jump in [Web] usage that has not been seen outside of the iPad."
In a blog, Chitika wrote that the Nexus 7 posted "impressive" Web usage across the Chitika Ad Network "particularly for a device which has only been widely available for such a short period of time."