Nexus 7 brings Jelly Bean Android to UK stores

Summary:PC World and Currys stores will from Thursday stock Google's seven-inch tablet, ahead of delivery for many who pre-ordered it online

Google's Nexus 7 Android tablet has gone on sale in bricks-and-mortar stores in the UK, with Currys and PC World shops stocking it as of Thursday.

Nexus 7
The Nexus 7 tablet has gone on sale in Dixons and PC World shops in the UK.

The release, which manufacturer Asus has reportedly called a "soft launch", means people can buy the Nexus 7 in-store before those who pre-ordered the device online get their units delivered.

A spokeswoman for the Dixons Retail Group told ZDNet on Wednesday that the device will be available in stores from tomorrow.

Google emailed those who pre-ordered the tablet earlier in the week, telling them : "All Nexus 7 8GB orders will ship by July 20, and Nexus 7 16GB orders will ship by next week."

The device has already garnered very positive reviews for the up-to-date innards that it provides. Most Android tablets at this £159-£199 price point offer lacklustre hardware and old versions of Android, but the Nexus 7 runs the brand new Android 'Jelly Bean' 4.1 on a quad-core processor.

The Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet, arguably making it more of a rival to Amazon's Kindle Fire than to Apple's larger and much pricier iPad. However, the Kindle Fire has not yet been released in the UK, so the Nexus 7 is likely to dominate the media-consumption, small-tablet niche for a while at least.

UPDATE: This story was updated after Dixons initially said that the Nexus 7 would be available online and in store from Wednesday.

Topics: Tablets, Google

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