By Alexandra Burlacu | Mar 08, 2013 09:48 AM EST
Google announced plans to release a Nexus 7 docking station months ago and the accessory finally hit Google Play, but it's already sold out.
Google's official charging station for the Nexus 7 tablet finally made its way to the Google Play store on Thursday, March 7, with a $29.99 price tag. Some of those keeping a close eye on Google Play were able to snag the dock, while the rest are left with promises yet again. The Nexus 7 docking station seems to have vanished into thin air, going out of stock in an instant.
After the Nexus 4 supply issues, it's hardly a surprise to see another product temporarily out of stock on Google Play. It does, however, raise more concerns about Google's ability to properly assess demand and supply.
The ASUS-made Nexus 7 docking station sports a micro USB port to charge the tablet, while propping the slate up in landscape mode. The dock also comes with a 3.5mm audio output jack, supports wireless music playback via Bluetooth and features a polished back design with a rubber case.
On the other hand, supply issues might make the docking station less appealing, especially if they persist, as in the case of the Nexus 4. For those unfamiliar with the matter, Google's Nexus 4 flagship smartphone went in and out of stock ever since it arrived in the Google Play Store back in November. Google CEO Larry Page acknowledged the Nexus supply chain issues during the company's earnings report in January, promising to address them as soon as possible.
"Clearly there is work to be done in managing our supply better, besides building a great customer experience that is a priority for our teams," Page said at the time, referring to Google's Nexus devices.
On its Twitter account, Google said the dock is selling in Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, the UK and the U.S. The company caps the order limit at two, so those who plan on stocking up are out of luck. On the other hand, getting even one Google Nexus 7 proves to be quite a challenge, so those who manage to grab one can consider themselves very lucky.
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