Nexus 7 gets Android 4.2 update as Google scrambles for Nexus 4 stock

Nexus 7 gets Android 4.2 update as Google scrambles for Nexus 4 stock

Summary: Devices launched with Android 4.2 on Tuesday may have sold out within minutes - a situation Google says it is trying to rectify - but at least those with existing Nexus 7 tablets are getting the update.

TOPICS: Android, Google

Google has begun updating Nexus 7 tablets with Android 4.2, while promising to replenish stock of the other Nexus devices that launched with that version of the OS, only to sell out within minutes.

The new version of Android, named 'Jelly Bean' as its predecessor was, adds Swype-like Gesture Typing functionality and a 360-degree camera function, along with a refreshed iteration of Google Now.

The Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 10 tablet went on sale using Android 4.2 on Tuesday, but only briefly. The same went for the new, 3G-enabled version of the Nexus 7, but at least those who already have Wi-Fi-only Nexus 7s are getting the bump up from Android 4.1 — an upgrade that has also started rolling out to the Galaxy Nexus.

Google announced the Nexus 7 update in a Google+ post late on Tuesday, in which it also acknowledged the stock shortages of its newer devices.

"There's been so much interest for the Nexus lineup that we've sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries," the company said. "We are working hard to add more Nexus devices to Google Play in the coming weeks to keep up with the high demand."

Demand was certainly high, although it is not clear how many Nexus 4s, Nexus 10s and 3G Nexus 7s Google actually had ready for the launch. The Nexus 4 sold out in less than half an hour in the UK, US and elsewhere.

As the comments thread on the Google+ post shows, many customers expressed frustration with Google's ordering process. There were many reports of the orders hanging, and the Play Store also displayed 'Coming soon' notices alongside the sold-out products for most of Tuesday, before Google finally changed the notice to read 'Sold out'.

One reason Google sold out so quickly might be that its systems double-booked many orders, and did not give affected customers a chance to cancel their second order. As this tweet shows, the company has since emailed many customers to check whether they really meant to order multiple units:

Topics: Android, Google

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  • Correction

    You meant 4.2 is rolling out the Nexus devices
  • Oops

    Never mind. Read it wrong
  • Yeah...

    I'm a big fan of Google but it's sort of ridiculous the Google Play ordering process.
    Drives me up the wall.

    I was moving to back to China again come September and wanted to get a Nexus 7 and Google told me I had to send them my driving licence or passport before they'd let me get one.
    F*** that.
  • Biggest 4.2 feature


    And some more crap to pass the spam filter
    • hmm

      No need to show your ignorance or jealousy. Not like the tablet just got the equivalent of Air Play without the need for a stand alone set top box or anything right? Oh wait, it did just get that didn't it! And Google gave it without even requiring users to buy new hardware!
  • 360 degree camera function?

    The Nexus 7 only have a 1.2MP front-facing camera, what's the point?
    • ?

      Have you heard that Android 4.2 is not Nexus 7 exclusive but comes to smartphones and other tablets what have a rear camera? My 7" does have rear camera what is great for note taking and 4.1 just makes it great tablet and 4.2 even better when we just get it to be released.
      • Maybe

        But the article is specifically about the Nexus 7. I wouldn't have mentioned it in an article about Android 4.2.
  • I like how

    I like the fact that all we hear about is Google Fragmentation and an Lack of Updates! Now when my Nexus 7 has gotten its 2nd or 3rd updates in less than a year, the trolls are nowhere to be found!