According to Asus, the manufacturer of Google's Nexus 7 tablet, Google sold 4.6 million units during 2012.
While the search engine giant doesn't reveal sales figures for its Nexus smartphones and tablets, mobile industry analyst Benedict Evans analyzed figures from Asus and found that the tablet, released back in July, sold approximately 4.5 million to 4.6 million units, but no more than 4.8 million.
The estimates came from overall tablet sales reported by Asus, as well as numerous statements from the firm's CEO. Nearly one million units of the device were sold during October, while the tablet beat iPad's market share in Japan. Evans said that despite a November launch, Apple is estimated to have sold 10 million iPad Mini units, while Amazon’s Kindle Fire probably "outsold the Nexus 7 as well."
Google's next-generation Nexus 7 tablet that is expected to be announced during its I/O event (May 15 - 17) will reportedly have a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. As for the Nexus 4 smartphone, it has sold over one million units.