Nexus 10 2013 release date risk with consumer anger

By Alan Ng - Dec 4, 2013

How long are you prepared to wait for Google’s latest Nexus 10 2013 tablet? After some audacious rumors suggesting that the device may show up last Friday or on Monday just passed, here we are with still no sign of a Nexus 10 2013 release date.

We can see that the wait is starting to get to some consumers, with feedback coming in to us on how Google are playing a very risky game with so many other competing tablets out there. Then again, after seeing the amazing specs that the Nexus 7 2013 offers for a very good price – it’s hard to turn away from what could still be the defining 10-inch tablet of 2013.

At the start of the week we heard rumors that the Nexus 10 2013 model would be released on Cyber Monday. Now that it didn’t happen, consumers are starting to wonder whether the device is still on course for a 2013 release at all. Let’s not forget that this is the same device that initially appeared on the Google Play store prematurely, only for Google to remove their listing swiftly.

A lot of consumers believe that the device is ready to release, but that Google are stalling for some reason. One of these reasons could be the fact that Google are waiting until their first generation Nexus 10 stock sells out, but even then that would be harsh on the consumer if that is the only reason.


There’s also whispers that Google has an 8 or 9-inch tablet in the works, but again these rumors are not concrete and certainly not something that would mean a delay for their new 10.1-inch Nexus 10.

We’ve read a lot of feedback on social media on how some consumers have effectively been ‘forced’ to buy an iPad Air, solely due to Google’s delay on the Nexus 10 2. Are you one of these consumers who has given up with waiting? Give us your thoughts on this below.

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Also See: Increased Nexus 7, 9 and 10 updates from August 2015

  • Edit

    Got a Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 instead.

  • LenxBob

    I waited for the rumored Nexus 10 and lost out on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale prices on other 10 inch Android tablets. However, that was my choice.

    I haven’t seen any rumors that the Nexus 10 2 will have a MicroSD, and I will NOT buy another tablet without that feature. My iPad2 is great, but I really miss having a file manager and MicroSD or USB. ITunes is not a solution, it’s a joke.

    As others mentioned here, I will probably end up with the 32GB Samsung Note 10.1 2014 if I can grab it on sale around Christmas. I was really hoping for a new improved Nexus 10. Oh well, such is life in the fast paced tech age.

  • strupp

    I’ll be looking this weekend at the Note, since Google is too snobbish to announce what’s going on. I’ve been waiting and reading the rumors daily. I need tablet for school in January, and I’m tired of waiting. Google loses another customer.

  • Conrad in Wales

    Gave up waiting – got a Galaxy note 10.1 2014 edition instead. The other reason is that I also now refuse to buy any device without user expandable storage e.g. Micro SDXC card (although I know that the Nexus media importer app can allow for this on Google devices) If Kindle and Google (and Apple…) think that access to the cloud is sufficient they have seriously misinterpreted the market. I use my devices when abroad far more than when at home for the portability factor – do they have ANY idea how much it would cost to access cloud storage on international mobile internet access rates – a damned sight more than the devices cost, that’s for sure! No expandable storage = no sale.

  • john rai

    i am really really angry with google. i have just lost a very good deal on note10.1 2014 waiting for nexus 10 2. i am definitely going to buy ipad air now. I hate google from now. i was a die hard fan of android but now sadly i have to learn to love apple. Such a waste of time waiting for new nexus. Whoever is waiting for nexus 10 2, in my view you will keep on waiting till feb-march of 2014 so i would definitely recommend by alternative tablet before xmas deals end if you want onet. i have just lost a good deal and regret it for not buying and now have to do with my new ipad air just brought today.

  • FoobarStarr

    I put this on another thread, but I thought I would put it here too…

    I have a couple of theories about the release of the Nexus 10 2013. Each of these are ideas as to what Google is doing as well as why they are remaining mum on the subject. NOT BASED ON ANYTHING I HAVE HEARD!

    1) If it is actually being released by Samsung as Sundar Pichai alluded to earlier in the year (because I don’t believe the “rumors” of it being produced by other manufacturers), Samsung and Google came to an agreement that Google would wait to release it so as to not cannibalize the Galaxy Note 10.1 during the peak shopping season. This could be the case as Google doesn’t really produce the Nexus line to be a huge revenue stream. It is more of a vehicle to showcase their untainted OS.

    2) Google is waiting until the kinks with Android 4.4 are worked out and a stable and workable version of KitKat can be put on the Nexus 10. Why release the new hardware if there are known issues with KitKat and the current Nexus 10.

    3) Google pulled back after Sundar Pichai’s statement realizing that they didn’t have a real advantage with the Nexus 10 line when compared to tablets by Samsung and Apple other than the pure Android OS experience (which is always going to be a limited market). They may have made a late game decision to finally take the plunge of melding the ChromeOS environment (which is showing growth) with Android into a single device. This is going to take some time which means we would see the Nexus 10 update closer to the next major update to KitKat.

    Again…just some theories.

  • DynamiteDunx

    I’ve given up waiting too, and bought the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition on a pre-Xmas special offer. It’s got similar spec to the rumoured spec of the Nexus 10.2 and it has the microSD card slot, which is unlikely to appear in the Nexus. Also, I’ve been hearing more rumours the Nexus 10 will be running Chrome OS rather than Android & may be the Nexus 8 etc, plus the pre Xmas deals are timing out on the existing devices, I’ve lost confidence the Nexus 10.2 is worth waiting for.

  • atlantarunner

    I bought the Galaxy Note 8 a few months ago and it’s ideal. It fits in my back pocket and for around the house but wanted a larger one that I can use for work. One that I can take to my presentations instead of the big laptop. Before buying the Galaxy 10.1 2014 I wanted to compare it with the Nexus 10.2. I did get the Nexus 7 before and chose to return it and buy the Note 8 because I liked all the extra Samsung features and add-ons. But for the larger tablet I might lean for the Nexus 10.2 if they ever come out.

  • Jerry

    Looks like Samsung is really cashing in on this. I think I’m going to get the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014). Tired of waiting and reading all of the rumors day-after-day.

  • KP

    Well, they have lost £350 o’r how much i would have spent on one – getting a tablet for xmas, so I’ve given up on the wait, and purchased one already

    • bsklt

      That’s exactly what I did too

  • Paul Freeman

    Simple – Samsung 10.1 2014 as it does what is says on the ti right now and IS right here and is at a price that doesn’t assume $1 == £1

  • Arthur

    Ive given up waiting, sorry Google. I bought the Nexus 5 a few weeks ago and love it, Ive been also looking at the Nexus 7 and although I like it Its a little small. I saw the rumours for the Nexus 10 2 and then the Nexus 8… So I held off buying till now. Looked at the LG Gpad 8.3, which might have something to do with Nexus 8 if rumours are true, seen it offered for £229 and thought.. really nice, just the right size, good tablet and at the right price..So guess what…bought it. Its getting to close to xmas now to wait for a rumoured tablet from google.

  • Rachel

    I’m still waiting and hoping for the nexus 10 2 to be released. The thought had crossed my mind to settle for one of the other tabs (iPad or galaxy) but I wouldn’t be happy with these options.

    What is most frustrating is all the rumors and speculation but absolutely no word from Google themselves on what they are planning. Even if they said it was another 2-3 months away, if I knew this I would happily wait. But nothing has been announced!

  • I need a tablet for work, I was hoping on the Nexus 10 but now it seems I have to “settle” for the Samsung 10.1 2014 instead.

  • sony

    i waited but now decided to get samsung tab 2014 edition

  • Landaree

    I’m one of those still on the wait, but rapidly loosing my patience; if Google so much as had one ‘in the works’, AND SAID SO, I’d still happily wait for two, three, perhaps even four months, because I still don’t much like the alternatives (iPad’s unfamiliar OS, Galaxy Note’s bloatware); but if they keep stalling, and especially if I get the faintest whiff that they’re doing it for as stupid a reason as ‘building suspense’, I’m going to take my views on marketing tactics right to an Apple or Samsung store.

  • pat

    i am going to decide before christmas between
    – samsung galaxy note 2014
    – asus tf701t
    – google/lg nexus 2

  • jedshap

    I have been waiting for the Nexus 10 2 for about 6 weeks and the person who wants to give me a tablet for Christmas is going to Europe on 12/13. If it doesn’t happen by then, I will get an iPad or a Samsung Note 2014. Google — Get it together!

  • Dinsdale69

    I do not yet own a tablet and somehow found myself caught up in all the Nexus 10 controversy. I’m getting a bit tired of the whole thing and will probably just get the Surface 2.

  • NateB

    Sick of waiting and bought a 2014 Edition. I am over googling Nexus 10 2 hoping that there is some news or that it has come out. I have a Nexus 5 and I am happy to have a bit of diversity. And, with what Samsung has done with this thing it is quite impressive!

  • JBL4QQ

    Bought an iPad Air yesterday. Chalk it up as a lost sale for Google. They are handling this terrible…Nexus devices are aimed at their most loyal and die-hard fans, yet they are the ones being alienated and left in the dark. As much as I love Android, Google could learn a few things from Apple regarding customer service.

  • Matt Rixman

    I can’t stand the bloatware on non-nexus devices, so whichever tablet I get I’ll root and install cyanogenmod on. Thing is, if I spend ~$400 on a tablet, I don’t want to have to spend another several hours cleaning it up (I consider that time as part of the price). The only large tablet that this is worth doing on, IMO, is the kindle fire 8.9-inch, ’cause it’s so cheap. However, Cyanogen doesn’t have OTG support on that model, and I’m a keyboard snop, so I need that.

    Also, there’s nothing in the world that would make me consider an iPad (Not that Java is so great, but who wants to learn Objective-C too, yuck).

    Long story short, I’m stuck waiting.

  • georgemime

    Really enjoyed my Nexus 10 until I lost it to a flood 7 months in (July). Wanting to replace it (a gift from my dad and I couldn’t bear to tell him), I figured I’d wait on a price break my salary could manage. No sales, no price break from Google, and now the rumors have shifted from a delay of release to mothballing the form factor. I snagged a used model at discount from a secondhand retailer. Don’t want an IPad, ever, but surely a lost sale for Google.

  • Jeremy

    I got tired of waiting and decided to buy a 10″ tablet. The only 2 I considered were the Samsung Note 10.1 2014 edition and the iPad Air because I feel as those are the best options available. After looking at countless reviews mad playing with both in stores several times, I couldn’t get past Samsung’s version of Android and I bought the iPad Air. So far I do like it, but I still like Android over iOS. I am sure Google is losing a lot of sales due to their decision to delay the release of the next gen Nexus 10. We shall see in the end.

  • 2Smart

    I got tired of waiting and bought the new Samsung note 10.1 2014 edition a couple of days ago. So far I like it a lot. I started thinking the rumor of a new Nexus 10 is just that. A rumor.

  • Cedarcreekmn

    I was impressed with the Nexus 10 and had broken down and finally decided to buy a tablet. (I don’t have one yet) Then, I heard of an upgrade to it – the Nexus 10 2 – and decided to wait. Well, here I am, still waiting. I am like everyone else and am contemplating just buying something else – like the iPad Air. I just wish Google would let us know if it’s even in the making. I would wait if I knew it would be available at some point in the near future.

  • Bob

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is everything that the Nexus 10 successor is and more (read that Micro SDX card slot, S Pen). The downside is the $550 price tag. That’s why I bought the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 for $290 on Black Friday.

    What is the point of waiting for Godot? Google is under no obligation to release an update to the Nexus 10. The are some fine alternatives on the market right now.

  • Unhappy Customer

    I just don’t get it–Google misses both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the two biggest shopping days of the year. Either Google has no intention of releasing a new version anytime soon, if at all. as their total lack of any media release seems to suggest, or, they are simply oblivious to the fact that their mishandling of the “10.2” release is alienating many existing and potential new customers, not increasing desire for their product. Google needs to step up to the bat and 1) confirm whether or not the rumored new 10″ Nexus is indeed a reality and, if so, 2) whether or not the tablet will be released before Christmas. It’s just not fair to leave customers high and dry with no official information whatsoever causing folks to miss out on deals on other tablets. If there will be no new Nexus 10, then Google needs come out and say so! I don’t know who in their marketing department thinks silence is golden but Google is really botching this up 7 ways to Sunday.I am in the market for a tablet and really like the current model so I am wanting to purchase the new “10” but if this is the way Google treats its customers, it is certainly giving me pause!

  • Chuck Lynch

    I too waited and now I have missed all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. I need to update my wife’s 10″ Toshiba Thrive for Christmas and before she throws it in the fireplace. I will probably have to go with the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014. Yes, I’m angry that there hasn’t been any official word one way or the other.

  • propal

    I’m on the fence but will most likely wait some more. I wanted the N10 for my wife for Christmas, but she needed a new phone more so I got her the N5 and am happy with that purchase. She has a SGT10.1 which is 2 years old now. I was hoping to replace that with the new N10 or even N8 tablet. My thinking is if they make a device designed on par with the N5 / N7 I would gladly put my money there. I did consider the LG8.3 tablet just released and the Sony Experia Tablet Z 10.1 on black Friday sales. I see how iPads are the tablets to beat this year but I really am not a fan of the iTunes ecosystem and the price gouging that apple demands…

  • symbolset

    I can wait. Now that I have the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 2013, nothing less than the Nexus 10 2 will do. Getting spoiled by the Nexii.

  • Theodopolis

    I needed a bigger tablet. Decided didn’t want the Galaxy bloatware, but did want good resolution and 32GB capacity. My wife already has a Kindle HD and it runs on modified android. Took a chance and ordered the first generation Nexus 10 32gb. Should be getting it in a few days.

  • gadgetlover98034

    I was waiting but now I’m buying a surface 2. Google is missing a large holiday buying opportunity here.

  • Itsall Good

    I will wait, I would rather wait and have a product I can love than have them rush and be disappointed. So no rush, I have an older (the original) Kindle Fire 7 inch tablet and I love it, it’s what made iPad stand up and take notice and even come out with iPad mini, like Fire or not, it’s true. I want a real android tablet though, while I think the NEW HDX 8.9 looks GREAT, I am waiting for a real “droid” tablet and I want a 10 inch tablet. While I was disappointed with the Nexus 5, I will keep my Galaxy Note III, I do want a real droid and I hope it’s worth the wait. Time will tell…..

  • Vinny Alascia

    No iPad for me but the Samsung Note is looking more like a reality if I don’t hear something soon.

  • Lucky Armpit

    You all kill me. You’re not “forced” to do anything. If you really want the Nexus 10, you’ll wait until it’s released or wait until you get confirmation it WON’T be released. I have an Asus TF101 and I want a new tablet but I’m (im)patiently waiting for news about the Nexus 10. I’m not being “forced” to buy a Samsung, Apple, etc., anything.

    • deodorant

      Boy you really think a lot of yourself!

  • melvin

    I’m waiting to see if hte Nexus 8 is true but if not, I’ll go with LG pad 8.3.

  • Troy Topolski

    I bought the new Nexus 7 because I NEEDED a tablet….I will buy the Nexus 10 when it comes out and pass the Nexus 7 to my wife, but I too am very upset as I have been waiting for 3 weeks with the “rumor” that any day now it will be released…..Why doesn’t Google set release dates like other companies? They just keep people waiting in the dark not knowing what to believe….

  • Dee Theverbaltec Rodriguez

    I don’t understand who is managing sales at Google!
    But its no wonder there behind apple and will be a long time before they catch up.
    Never mind the Nexus 10 2
    Where’s a Nexus 8?
    Which would have been a top seller No doubt.
    To compete with the iPad mini.
    Reason is 7″ inch screen being converted to 8″ makes a big difference.
    Which a nexus 8 should’ve been out already.
    Google get your act together and have just alittle more respect with your Fan Base!
    Why should we be forced to buy other products because of there companies irresponsiblities?
    Its not like they can’t do it!
    There a billion dollar company and are so far behind in the tablet race.(Comparing to Apple’s)
    Anyway Google its called supply and demand you got customers stressed out for no reason.
    What a marketing scheme huh?
    Ya should be ashamed of ya selves.

  • Daniel

    I couldn’t wait any longer. I just went out today and bought the LG G Pad 8.3. Looks really nice and is lightning fast.

  • Nicolas Laplante

    LOL everybody’s frustrated at something they don’t even know for sure that it is coming. When you feed on thin air you’re left hungry.

  • Sergio Lopez

    This is ridiculous , what the hell is Google doing? I can’t wait any longer. How could they be this stupid as to blow the holiday season. And no timeline? are they for real?

  • Andre

    Me too, was waiting so long, but now time is over… It’s really incomprehensible why google frustrate us buyers so much! I was looking for 10 inch tablet and will Order ipad air now. Can’t believe choosing Apple. Thanks google…

  • Jim

    Yup – I’m going to wait a tiny bit longer, but frankly think its pathetic Google can’t give out a simple message to let us know their plans!

  • goonzz999

    Can you say Samsung.

  • marcin

    same here. fed up with waiting. wanted to buy it as a xmass gift, but now I think there is no other option as going for ipad air

  • Pandora104

    I’ve been waiting for several months now. I understand marketing, but passing up Black Friday and Cyber Monday were just foolish if Google DOES have a new and improved device. I have the money to spend, I really don’t want a Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 but I think that Google is about to force my hand. I would like to have a tablet. The nexus 7 is sweet don’t get me wrong but my phone is almost that size. I would like a large screen. I’m not an Apple person. No offense to anyone else.

  • b

    Google are good.

  • Damien

    I was waiting for the Nexus 10 but since both deadlines have passed and Google does not even give a timeline for a release, I have now begun to shop the Galaxy 10.1. Google is well aware that people want some type of timeline and the company has stayed silent. Waiting is fine but at some point you have to ask youself, are you waiting for something that will never happen.

  • DavidS

    I have been waiting, bought a nexus 7 2013 but returned it because of screen issues. I’m now looking at IPad and Samsung as well as Sony. Google needs to hear the frustrations of all of us. They are loosing millions of dollars a day, I don’t get it.

  • Александр

    I’m steel wait.

  • Kalina

    I’m about to buy the note 2014, I’m a bit disappointed in Google to be honest…

  • .

    Its called patience. I’ll wait

  • David

    Flaw. That leak about the device appearing on google play was a fake. It never showed up. We only have one piece of information that was legit. Sundar Panchai said they were going to refresh the tablet. THAT’S ALL WE KNOW.

    • Chazz Matthews

      but the info at the time (via Sundar Panchai to the Wall St Journal) said Samsung would do the 10″ refresh — which we are fairly sure is not going to happen. Maybe Google changed their mind about even doing a 10″ v2 in 2013.

    • cliff

      Also, Sundai Panchai said it would happen ‘in the near future’, thus the frustration with no word from Google

  • Dutch_ano

    Note 2014 for me to, would’ve bought the Nexus 10 though…

  • Jonathan

    I was waiting and waiting and ended up getting the note 10.1 2014 on sale for 499 just before it went back up to 549

  • Mike

    I’m still waiting. I don’t need a tablet just yet but I will be getting one by the end of the year. If Google doesn’t say or show anything I will be forced to get the Samsing Note 10.1 2014. Not a bad tablet but still not an honorable Nexus device.

  • Bry

    I couldn’t agree more, and have been stating the same facts to my peers for a short while now; that Google are just causing frustration amongst their (potential) consumer base. With other alternatives out there, Google are stupid if they think they will wait around for an indefinite amount of time – especially being so close to Christmas.

    If Google are waiting for existing stock to run dry, it’s going to be a long wait. Anyone who’s done any degree of research before buying a tablet, and is interested in the Nexus 10, will hold off purchasing until the “2013” model is released.

    I just can’t see this tablet coming out for a long while now. Personally I think there’s been an epic balls-up in logistics/distribution. I mean if the 2013 model was sitting on warehouse shelves waiting for the “thumbs up” to sell, somebody, somewhere would have leaked it. And I mean a real, reliable leak, not this tosh we have been subjected to lately.

    To abate the frustration caused by ill-researched articles and fabricated leaks, Google should make an official announcement regarding its status. At least consumers will be able to make a real informed decision then and will appreciate the honesty of Google. Instead, the fact that Google aren’t saying anything leads me to believe the truth is actually worse than what we have now.

  • wkoffke

    got a Note 10.1 2014 11/11/2013. Google to much hype, not enough PRODUCT.

  • didyeah

    I am tempted by the Samsung tablet 2 2014. Nice display, pencil feature, windows feature, 3gb of ram, and, and — SD card slot! Now if it’s possible to sort of jailbreak it and get the android update…
    Still waiting… only a bit… hear me Google morons?

  • Poljb16

    Waited a month for it to come out, with all the hype and hoopla. Disappointed, bought Apple mini retina instead last Black Friday at Target. What a letdown, shame on Google!

  • abdul majeed

    Yes. I am going for a Note 2 2014 Edition now.

    • Max Buschkopf

      Same man, I got mine and it is amazing.

  • Gabriele Vini Del Garda

    I bought an ASUS FHD10, 1900×1200 and a healty performer. Too bad google!