The lack of expandable storage in Nexus devices becomes one of the hottest and most controversial topics every time Google does a refresh and we find out that the next generation lacks SD cards entirely yet again. Couple that with the decision to limit onboard storage options to 16GB max, which is the case with the Nexus 4 at the moment and was the case with the Nexus 7 for a while, and you've got a full-blown revolt.
In addition to the absolute mania of incoming announcements we saw from Google today, there was one interesting carrier-related development for the Nexus line – T-Mobile, the US' fourth largest carrier, announced that it would be carrying Google's LG-built Nexus 4 and ASUS-built 3G Nexus 7 as a "premier launch partner" starting this November. In fact, users can already sign up for more info at T-Mobile's website.
Hot on the heels of the barrage of Nexusannouncements, Google just updated the device Play Store with new product pages. Everything that should be available today can be purchased right now, while the other items are waiting their turn and should go live November 13th.
We've known it was coming for a while, but Google finally made the 32GB version of the Nexus 7 available. Like we expected, the company has done away with the 8GB variant and dropped the price point of the 16GB version accordingly, so the 16 is now $199 and the 32 will set you back $250. Not bad at all.
For those on the go, however, El Goog also intro'd a version with on-board 3G.
Following yesterday's price drop at GameStop, it looks like the Nexus 7 is slashing prices everywhere. Staples, Sam's Club, Office Depot, Wal-Mart, and a few other places all list the tablet at $199 (or a rough foreign equivalent). What's a little more rare is the 32GB Nexus 7 going up for sale in a few locations, though it's unclear how approved that is. Sam's Club has it up for order here, and PC Advisor is reporting that at least one user was able to buy the slate from PC World by asking for it, though it wasn't on display.
Way back in July, we saw a leak revealing several new Nexus 7 accessories, including a Pogo Dock, "premium cover," and multiple colors of travel cover, like the grey one that has been available since launch. Two new colors -- pink and light blue -- of that case have now showed up in the Play Store, with availability listed as "coming soon."
As you can see, the two cases are priced equal to their grey counterpart, coming in at $20.
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.
We've been following the 32GB Nexus 7 meticulously over the past few weeks, and we're pretty sure it's going to be announced soon, possibly alongside a 3G variant of Google's hit 7" tablet. Of course, one of the most significant aspects of the 32GB N7's story is that it's expected to ring in at a $249 price-point, with the 16GB variant dropping down to $199.
We saw some proof of that earlier today at certain Office Depot locations, but now we have one more drop in the bucket – the 16GB Nexus 7 has gotten a price slash on GameStop's website, down to – you guessed it – $199.
French blog Galaxus has uncovered an FCC filing for the "ME370TG" - which pretty much gives this device away as a variant of the Nexus 7, and if you dig into the FCC test results, we can see this confirmed:
As with most FCC filings, there really isn't much to say here - but the ME370TG is set for a certification date of October 29th. Which, as we all know, is the day of Google's big NYC event next week.