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Google Nexus 7 sales to surpass 1 million this month, supply chain sources say

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean logo and Nexus 7

Google’s Nexus 7 is undoubtedly one of the most popular 7-inch tablets on the market, and sales are expected to remain high for the final quarter of 2012. According to DigiTimes, sources in the tablet’s Tawian-based supply chain have said that the slate is projected to sell well over 1 million units in the month of December.

This million mark is no stranger to the Nexus 7; it’s a milestone we’ve heard more than once when it comes to the smaller sized Jelly Bean tablet. At the end of October Asus revealed that Nexus 7 sales had been hitting just under one million units per month. To be exact, previous months had seen sales of up to 700,000 and 800,000, as DigiTimes reports. While it remains unclear exactly how many tablets will be sold during the last month of 2012, this projection paints a picture of strong and consistent sales overall.

Google now offers its 7-inch tablet in a 32GB storage capacity with HSPA+ and AT&T coverage in addition to its previously released 16GB and 32GB models that only offer Wi-Fi connectivity. This Nexus 7 rendition was announced just as Google unveiled its latest additions to the Nexus family: its Nexus 4 handset and Nexus 10 tablet. Both devices were quick to sell out on launch day back in November, and availability has been shaky ever since.

While Asus and Google saw a successful Nexus 7 launch, sales aren’t exactly up to par with Apple’s tablet offering. On the iPad Mini’s launch day alone, Apple sold a total of 3 million iPad units, according to the Associated Press. Apple also dominated Black Friday sales with its line of iPads, as the Cupertino, Calif.-based company managed to claim 88.3 percent of tablet sales the day after Thanksgiving, reports Fortune.

Although Android accounts for an overwhelming portion of the mobile marketplace, data shows that most mobile Web traffic comes from iOS devices. Despite these statistics, Google’s Nexus 7 does appear to be the tablet of choice for Web journalism platforms. On Tuesday the Financial Times announced that it will be offering a free Nexus 7 tablet with each one year subscription in the U.S. Last week, U.K. newspaper The Times revealed that customers would get a discounted Nexus 7.