Yes. You read that right. The search giant has listed the Nexus 7 on the Google Play India store. This is the first time Google is directly selling a device in India to a customer through its Play Store.
The 16 GB WiFi version of the Nexus 7 is listed at Rs 15,999. The Play Store says that shipping will be on April 5th. The tablets will be are delivered via Fedex/Aramex in 3-7 business days.
In November, Asus had begun selling the device in an exclusive partnership with Croma for Rs 19,999. The price drop now can be attributed due to the age of the device and not necessarily a subsidy that Google offers on its US Play Store for devices like the Nexus 4. In fact, the Rs 16k price tag is still very high for a device that retails at $199 in the US.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet was launched back in June last year at the Google I/O event.
The Nexus 7 is expected to get both a hardware and software refresh at the next Google I/O in May.
This is only the second Nexus device to be sold in India. Previously, the Nexus S was available from Vodafone.
Q: NextBigWhat? A: Nexus 4
While news that Google is actually selling a Nexus device in India is big enough, we can’t help but wonder if they are just testing the waters before the launch of the Nexus 4 here.
The Nexus 4 is probably one of the most awaited devices in India. It runs on the latest version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by an Adreno 320 GPU and 1.5-GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. It features a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display. It has a 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera. It has a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 display which is scratch and damage resistance.
While the device is still not on sale in India, it has been listed on the Saholic website as coming soon for some time now. The Nexus 4 can already be bought in India on websites like eBay and Junglee, but it will be fantastic if Google can sell the device directly on the Play Store.
Only recently, Google had upped its Play Store offerings in India by beginning to sell e-books on the store.