Google Nexus 7 To Pass 5 Million Sales By End Of 2012

The Google Nexus 7 has been a huge success, and now Google and Asus have teamed up to produce more of the popular Android tablets.

According to BGR, Google recently approached Asus to order more units. Google had only expected to ship 2.5 million Nexus 7 tablets in 2012 but has since upped its expectations to 5 million units.

The 7-inch tablet has been largely seen as a cheap and capable alternative to Apple’s more expensive iPad and iPad mini devices. While the Nexus 7 started at just $199, the iPad mini’s lowest price option costs $329 and comes equipped with fewer features.

BGR believes that Google may have in fact surpassed the five million orders mark in order to ensure that the Nexus 7 is in mass supply for the holiday shopping season.

Google’s own reports have placed Nexus 7 shipments at one million tablets per month. Thanks to larger than expected orders for the Nexus 7 and other company products, Asus has posted its highest quarterly profit in four years.

The Google Android OS dominated 70 percent of smartphone sales in the last quarter. As more customers gravitate towards the Android OS, it is likely that they will also choose Android tablets over iOS options, a fact that might help explain the company’s increasing sales.

The Google Nexus 7 has become so popular that it recently received Ubuntu support courtesy of Canonical.

Throw in the Google Chrome OS, which is picking up speed with sold out notebooks, and you are left with a company on the verge of pure web and mobile domination.