Google seems to have underestimated the demand for its 16 GB Nexus 7 because it has completely sold out the devices in the US. The 7-inch tablet, which sells for US$249 can no longer be purchased in the Google Play store, and all customers can do now is list their names to be notified when the Nexus 7 will be available again.
Customers cannot place orders for the device as well, and if you’re looking to grab a Nexus, you’ll have to settle for the 8 GB version which has a more regular shipping time.
Even retailers of the the 16 GB Nexus 7 has sold out. The strong demands yet zero availability has pushed the price of the device in some online stores, including eBay, where the gadgets is being sold at twice the price in Google Play Stores.
More people are going for the 16 GB version as many customers are unwilling to rely on cloud services for their content, which is what happens with the 8 GB version. The Nexus 7 has also faced critiques for its dependency on internet connection, and absence of a 32 GB version.
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In London, Samsung won a ruling against Apple who filed a patent lawsuit on the Galaxy Tab for copy the design and technology of the Ipad. Judge Colin Birss ruled in favor of Samsung, saying the Galaxy Tablet is not as “cool” as the Ipad.
“The (Galaxy Tab) do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” explained Birss.
The ruling marks a victory for the Korean electronics company who has seen its smartphones challenging Apple with its Android-based gadgets. The fierce competition for smartphone supremacy has seen both firms file lawsuits on one another on the basis of “infringement” of design rights.
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IPAD has new features and a price cut, writes, Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson.
After creating the tablet market in 2010, Apple will seek to lock down its leading position with a third edition of the popular tablet this week.
The company, which has sold more than 55 million iPads to date, will launch the new tablet in Australian stores on Friday, with new features and a lower price.
While experts have labelled the upgrades incremental and the company faces stronger competition than ever, consumers will have the final say, starting in Australia.
Read more of a breakdown of the new iPad’s major upgrades, as unveiled in San Francisco last week.