Adding more fuel to the Nexus 7 rumor fire, Google has just pulled the 7" slate's 16GB variant off its virtual shelves, listing the device as "coming soon."

This comes after some fast and furious price drops were spotted at both GameStop and Office Depot, taking the 16GB N7 down to the rumor-approved $199 price point, perhaps in preparation for the arrival of a 32GB (and, dare we say, potentially 3G-enabled) variant of the device.

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You may remember that the 8GB Nexus 7 met a similar fate just under one week ago after speculation that it may be getting canned for good, though we fully expect the 16GB version to make a return. It's unclear why exactly Google pulled the item, but our best guess is that the Play Store is preparing for its own price drop on the device. We'll keep you updated as we find out more.

Source: Google Play