Various reports have indicated that Google may be discontinuing the Nexus 7 tablet line this year, in favor of a new 8-inch Nexus 8 tablet that could be launched alongside Android 4.5 at some point this summer. While this device and its launch are far from being confirmed by Google, AndroidPit speculates that the summer launch may have something to do with Intel’s release plans for a new mobile processor, suggesting that Google and Intel may partner up for this particular Nexus device. More →
If you were hoping to see the next iteration of Android at Google I/O in June, you might be in for a disappointment. An unnamed Google Dublin employee reportedly told Android Geeks that Android 4.5 won’t be unveiled until July, alongside the new Nexus 8 tablet. Google I/O 2014 will instead focus on services Google is planning to bring to the market. The source also said that the 7-inch Nexus tablets will be discontinued to make room for 8-inch devices, a segment of the market that has not been explored as thoroughly. Although the employee did not say which devices would include Android 4.5, the fact that the Nexus 8 tablet will apparently be a part of the announcement could signal that the tablet will ship with the new software.
Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 tablet will apparently be the last Nexus device at that size, if a new Digitimes report is to be believed, with the company said again to launch an 8-inch Nexus 8 tablet in the near future. Apparently, the Nexus 7 (2013) has not performed as well as expected, having sold only three million units last year. With a bigger tablet, the company is said to be interested in avoiding price competition with 7-inch tablets and having to face 5- to 6-inch smartphones. More →
Google is reportedly working on an 8-inch Nexus tablet that will launch at some point in mid-2014, at least according to the not always accurate online trade publication Digitimes. The site says Google has been forced to focus on the 8-inch tablet market because the Nexus 7 is seeing weaker demand than expected in light of the many considerably cheaper options available in the 7-inch tablet market. Apparently Google is considering both Intel’s Bay Trail-T platform and also Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor for the Nexus 8, according to unnamed sources familiar with the matter. The maker of the current Nexus 7, Asus, is considered to have the first chance of building the Nexus 8 for Google, with Samsung, LG or Lenovo “unlikely to be able to take orders away easily.” More →
Google is not very good at keeping things a secret. Not very good at all. Photos, videos and various details surrounding the just-announced Nexus 5 smartphone had leaked for months leading up to the phone’s debut, and it all started with Google accidentally posting a video that included a shot of the device. Now, staying true to form, Google has published a marketing photo on its website that likely reveals its next-generation Nexus tablet. The photo was first pointed out on a forum and then noticed by Ars Technica, which points out that the tablet has very slim bezels on the sides, on-screen buttons and a display that likely measures about 8 inches diagonally. The “Nexus 8” also bears an undeniable resemblance to LG’s latest 8.3-inch tablet, which suggests that Google likely partnered with LG on its upcoming pure Google tablet as it did with the new Nexus 5. The full photo of the alleged Nexus 8 follows below. More →