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Google’s Nexus 7 Sales Estimates Land Somewhere Around 4.6 Million Units

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For anyone looking to get concrete sales figures on the Nexus 7, Google has a habit about keeping those pretty private. Luckily for us, we have companies and mobile analysts like Benedict Evans who decided to dig a bit deeper. According to Evans, since the device went on sale, Google looks to have sold roughly 4.5 to 4.6 million Nexus 7 tablets. This figure, which was taken from sales reports out of ASUS and comments from their CEO, is pretty respectable in terms of being an Android tablet. 

As with any other Android device it would seem, this number was compared to the iPad Mini’s figures, which were much higher at about 10 million. There are a few in the industry that are expecting for Google to show off the next version of the Nexus 7 at this year’s Google I/O, which would be nice to see. Maybe an updated display and more GPU power?

If you are the proud owner of a Nexus 7, feel free to raise your hand and do a happy dance for fun.

Via: BGR

  • Desert Songbird

    Me! Me! I own one and LOVE it!

  • Simon Belmont

    *Raises hand and does happy dance.* Yay.

    I love my Nexus 7. Ironically though, I’m typing this on my B&N Nook Color running Android 4.2.

  • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

    I’m reading and typing this on my N7, which I just bought this past Sunday night. I had to do something because my Xoom was dying on me. The N7 is an absolute joy to use!

  • Pretty sad that’s all it did considering they actually marketed this one well.

  • tfox1127

    I love the hell out of mine.

  • Dan

    Sales are so high because everybody had to buy two… because they dropped theirs. Crazy that the screen cost as much as the Nexus 7 itself, kind of annoyed about that, other wize I love it and now I keep it out of my wifes hands 😉

  • I got my Nexus 7 when it came out last summer. It’s an amazing replacement for a early 2009 netbook that I had previously. It was worth every penny and I love it!

  • Justin Winker

    I gave mine as a Christmas present to my nephew (and bought one for my neice). Then got me a Nexus 10. I also plan on getting a refreshed Nexus 7 this summer too. The device is friggin awesome!

  • James Lan

    i am very glad to be a nexus7 owner and will grab a next generation nexus7

  • angermeans

    This is pretty good numbers for an Android tablet and even more respectable that it is a Nexus device. I know a lot of friends and family (average consumers) that got these for their kids this Christmas. With that said if your going to compare to the iPad mini you might want to state the release dates as well. The Nexus 7 was released on July 13th while the iPad mini was released on November 2nd which puts it almost 4 months behind the Nexus. While these numbers are good you really should point this out as to not sound completely biased. Who am I kidding this is an android fan site. Way to go Google you saved the android tablet industry as a whole.

  • Got my girlfriend and I each one on Monday, we are loving them!

  • master94

    Only reason the ipad mini sold so much is because people will buy anything with a fruit on it. Sadly they will never know the greatness of the Nexus series.

    • Justin Winker

      We need a plan to convert the fruit-lovers to something truly powerful.

      • And lousy app selection where app developers ignore making their apps take advantage of the tablet screen real estate?

        • Justin Winker

          Considering that Android has the same amount of apps (or more) than the fruit-that-shall-not-be-named, I don’t think that’s an issue. Besides, Android apps are scalable (devs can design apps to show different controls/views for different screensizes), which, if I recall correctly, iOS platform can’t do. For example, the Speedtest.net app for Android does this exact same thing – it’s set up for a 3.5″ screen because they just ported it over from iOS, while any other port is able to scale to significantly larger proportions.

    • michael arazan

      Ipad mini has worse specs than the ipad 2, most unbias tech sites said that people would get more for their money by buying the ipad 2 with same specs and better display for the same amount of money.

      Wonder how many customers the nexus 7 lost from being out of stock so much, you know a lot of people bought amazon tablets because of the stocking issues.

      • KOBALT

        Totally. I almost went for a lower-spec Samsung Tab. Ended up finding the N7 at Staples.

  • aaron casto

    I’m a proud owner of a nexus 7, doing the happy dance 😛

  • Lineman

    Me and my family love our 3 Nexus 7 tablets.

    However, you would think that with them selling even a third of that many tablets, they could at least manage to mass produce and sell the dock for them readily and cheaply. I missed out when they went on sale last month as they quickly went out of stock and my 2 on order are still on backorder.

  • Nexus 7 #2 wish list.
    Notification light
    Qi charging
    HD front facing camera
    Gorilla glass front and back

    • Calvin Williams

      Glass on the back of a tablet is definitely a no-no

    • Oh and don’t forget some type of camera on the back! I don’t care if it isn’t even an HD camera, it just needs to be good enough to scan QR codes and the like!

  • Trevor

    I would love to get my hands on the second iteration of the Nexus 7. Hopefully it fits the pogo pin dock so I don’t have to buy (and wait forever for) another one. Also, if Google keeps releasing Nexus phones and tablets every year, I’d love some sort of trade in program to lower the cost, not that they are expensive (comparatively). Sometimes I just don’t feel like going through the hassle of selling crap on ebay.

  • Christopher Jackson

    Does happy dance after reading this on my Nexus 7. Got mine for Christmas and have been living it ever since.

    • Samvelavich

      live it well, sir

  • KleenDroid

    I have enjoyed my Nexus 7. Perfect size and ROMs very easily.

  • bucky500

    I was going to order a Nexus 7 from the Play store and then bumped into it at SAM’s Club. . .freakin SAM’s Club? Bought it and love it, can’t wait for Ubunthursday!

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I have never regretted my N7 purchase. I use it much more than my phone (at home at least). It has gotten a bit laggy from screen to screen, though the newest update seems to have helped. I do want a bigger tab though, wouldn’t mind a G note and a N10

    • Jwhap

      As someone who has a Xoom and a nexus 7, I use my 7 way more. It is much easier to tote around. Though I do watch more movies on the Xoom when we are on the road. It is nice to have the choice!

  • C-Law

    Has anyone sent in their Nexus 7 because of the screen lift on one side and the screen static that occurs when the tablet dies and you plug it in to charge? It’s a pain to get it back to the charging screen after that. And I took the back cover off and tightened all the screws as tight as they’d go without breaking and my screen still lifts on the left. I’m just wondering if sending mine in would get me a replacement because I don’t wanna send it in and they say the static is normal and the screws are tight so there’s nothing we can do. I bought it from Sam’s Club on launch weekend. I’m guessing I have to go though ASUS for a claim?

    • j__h

      I got mine replaced by Google, but that was within the small time frame.

    • I returned mine twice, gave up after that. Fixed it myself 3 times and replaced it with 2 brand new ones. Liked the tablet, just must have had a bad batch in my area.

    • Their support is pretty good. They shipped me a new one in advance and gave me 30 days to return mine in a prepaid box.

  • Aaron

    I thought someone at Asus or Google said they were selling around 1 million nexus 7s a month?

  • Capt. Crunch

    Imagine how many Google could have sold if the Nexus 7 was easier to find and purchase.

    • JetBlue

      How is it hard to purchase? Buy it at either Walmart, Sams Club or the Play Store not sure where else has them but pretty much everywhere has a Walmart

      • will bartlett

        even the nexus 10 is at walmart. im quite surprised.

      • Capt. Crunch

        Well I went looking for the 16GB one a week or so after Christmas and they were sold out everywhere, probably my fault for looking around that time of the year.

      • Nexus 7 was very difficult to find in every tech shops in the UK when I bought mine on October until the end of 2012, it is very popular! I love its screen compare to iPad mini which i tried at their store and when 4.2.2 came it became much more fluid than my mate’s iPad 4. And I never saw a single Nexus 10 until now.

    • True!

  • I’ll definitely pick up the next iteration so long as they keep the price point and up the RAM. I just can’t justify getting a tablet with less RAM then my Nexus 4. It feels sluggish to me (I’m a heavy browser user that loves opening 20+ tabs).

    • So far running a lot of tabs seems to be about the only thing that will slow my N7 down to a stand still (about 15-25 tabs open at one time). I haven’t tried a different browser yet (I hear Chrome is always slow compared to other browsers but I have used chrome for so long on all my devices that its just normal now).

      • Yeah, and it is really easy to get a ridiculous amount open after awhile. I wish there was a “close all” tabs button.

    • Big_EZ

      Yeah, at this point ram is more important than the processor in terms of user experience.

  • pd240

    I ordered mine on launch day and have not regretted it (other than dealing with the Google play store). It’s a great device.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Speaking of the N7…How do I force the 4.2.2 update?

    • Settings>Apps>All
      Scroll down to Google Services Framework. Tap Force Stop, then Clear Data.
      Back out and check for updates. You might have to do this a few times before it works. Worked after two tries on my N7, and probably a dozen attempts on my N4.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Ohhhhh right! Forgot to clear the data. I’ll try again when I get home.

        • starscream

          I just went on mine and that update was waiting for me. I was just about to try this too, forgot how to do it. Maybe you will be lucky too?

    • Raven

      Speaking of the 4.2.2 update, I just applied mine last night, and I am loving it. This is what 4.2 should have been from the start. It seems even more buttery if that is possible. When swiping between my screens with 15 widgets in total it never stutters at all. It used to catch and lag and stutter every once in a while for me after the 4.2.1 update. It also seems to be using less power somehow. I bring mine to work with me everyday and normally it would already be down to 85% by now and it is still at 96%, that is almost unbelievably better.

  • vitriolix

    My wife got one and they really are amazingly good devices. I’ll be watching out for the next Nexus 7 for sure

  • xIdkwtS

    Read this on my Nexus 7. Woo !

    • carluverdrm2004

      As am I. I love it!