Nexus 7 Gets Android 4.2 Update; Google Scrambles For More Phones


/ November 14, 2012

If you’ve been unable to find a Nexus 7 tablet with Android 4.2, don’t worry, Google knows and are trying to come through in the clutch.

The search engine goliath has begun updating Nexus 7 tablets, while promising to replenish stock of the other Nexus devices that launched with that version of the OS. Named ‘Jelly Bean,’ the new version of Android 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 healthy upgrade from Android 4.1 — an upgrade that has also started rolling out to the Galaxy Nexus.

“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, announcing the Nexus 7 update in a Google+ post late on Tuesday. “We are working hard to add more Nexus devices to Google Play in the upcoming weeks to keep up with the high demand.”

Demand has certainly been high, as the phone has been rumored to be sold out across the country. Although no one know how many Nexus 4s, 10s and 3G Nexus 7s Google actually has ready for the launch, it is already showing impressive numbers, selling out in less than half an hour in the U.K., U.S. and elsewhere.

Props: ZD