The Google Nexus 7 is one of the best and most recommended Android-based tablets in the 7-inch screen size range. The current and previous editions of the Nexus 7 are and were produced by Asus but, according to a report released today by DigiTimes, Google is reportedly trying to tap HTC for a new 8-inch Nexus tablet instead of Asus.
According to the report, the decision to switch to a new partner for the 8-inch Nexus was due to Google wanting to “adapt a new design” for the new tablet. The report also mentioned that “Asus has also not been as aggressive over third-generation Nexus orders since Google has placed restrictions on the partnership and Asustek would have no initiative during the development.”
“Without Nexus orders, Asustek will be able to push its own-brand tablets and smartphones fully” the sources said.
Google previously tried to partner with HTC for the development and manufacturing of the first-generation Nexus 7 but HTC refused due to the company being too busy with trying to push its smartphone business at the time so Google went to Asus instead.
The report also said that the Nexus 8 might be the last Nexus tablet from Google since the “series has already served the purpose of boosting Android’s penetration in the tablet market.” The rise of Google Play editions of smartphones from different manufacturers could also be taken as evidence for Google’s possible move to step away from releasing their own devices.
According to previous reports, the upcoming 8-inch Nexus tablet could feature a new 64-bit Moorefield processor from Intel instead of a Qualcomm processor found on previous Nexus tablets. Intel’s Moorefield quad-cure 64-bit CPU is schedule for availability in the second half of 2014 which would fit with the rumored launch window of the Nexus 8 that was reported today. The Nexus 8 could also feature up to 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage, and Android 4.5.
The new Nexus 8 is suggested to be announced in late June at Google’s annual I/O developer conference where the company is also expected to unveil the next version of its mobile operating system, Android 4.5. The Nexus 8 is expected to come out sometime in the third quarter of this year says the report.