Google’s Nexus lineup of devices is an interesting segment of the Android market. It both provides a low-cost alternative to consumers and lets google thumb their nose at carriers. It’s also a hit-and-miss proposition most times (for various reasons), with google making a few mistakes along the way, and the latest Nexus smartphone may be the biggest mistake yet.
Google chose HTC to create their very first Nexus device, and haven’t worked with them on a Nexus device since. HTC created the HTC Flyer in 2011, and haven’t worked with tablets since. It’s time.
Google’s Nexus 10 languished in the doldrums since release. Never really catching on in a big way, Google focussed their efforts on the Nexus 7. As it becomes clear Google is focussing their efforts on a larger tablet once again, news emerges about just when we might be able to officially get our hands on it.
Android TV, first announced properly at Google I/O this year, is set for release this Fall. Along with the Android “L” release, Android TV will take your living room and give it a very Android feel. The issue to-date is that we need some hardware; hardware we’ve not yet seen. A new ASUS device might just be your first Android TV set-top box.
By now, the HTC-made Nexus 9 is a foregone conclusion to many. It’s been leaked, rumored, and speculated on about as much as possible, but one more tidbit just eked its way into the world. Not only do we get actual confirmation it exists, but we get a timeframe for release!
Clues are coming together around the next Google Nexus tablet, this time coming from HTC and code-named Flounder and/or Volantis. Today the extra push centers on a Keyboard Case for the device. This means the tablet isn’t just made for entertainment, it’s made for productivity and work as well.
The next Google Nexus device will probably be made by Motorola. As a sort of good-will push for Motorola as it leaves the mothership, Google, but also because Motorola is one of the last top-end smartphone makers to not have gotten a shot at a Nexus device thus far. Also today we’re to understand that the device might be extra-spooky.
The Android tablet fans have been waiting for may have just cleared WiFi certification. An HTC tablet, going by the codename “Flounder”, quietly passed through the WiFi certification board earlier this month. Though we don’t get a glimpse of what specs this one has under the screen, it tells us enough to make us believe even more your Nexus 10 replacement is an HTC device — and won’t have a 10-inch screen.
This week the Nexus 8 appears to be headed to the United States in the first of what Google likely hopes will be many, many more shipments through the future. While specifics are scant, the Google Nexus 8 will likely roll with either an LG or HTC make, an at-least 8-inch display, and Android L under the hood.