With all the talk about the Motorola-manufactured Nexus 6 lately, this gem nearly slipped by. The other notable Nexus device release that is expected this year is a tablet manufactured by HTC. The so-called ‘HTC Nexus‘ has been referred to by many names – Flounder, Volantis, Nexus 8, Nexus 9 – but it seems an almost inevitable fact that such a device is going to be released very soon. A new tidbit of information regarding the HTC Nexus has been unveiled today, with the device appearing to go for Wi-Fi certification at the Wi-Fi Alliance.
It’s relatively easy to spot why the device shown here is most likely the HTC Nexus; the company cited is of course HTC, and the operating system of the device is “Android, version: L”. There appear to be a few variants of the device, possibly a LTE-enabled version, but the information here definitely suggests that the HTC Nexus is nearing its release date. The HTC Nexus is expected to be a 8.9-inch device carrying NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 processor and will be available starting at $399, as per previous rumours.
What do you think about this Wi-Fi certification information? Are you excited about the HTC Nexus’ release? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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It seems the idea of a new Nexus 6 or Nexus 8 being released is a case of when rather than if. We’ve had various leaks that suggest the Nexus 8, which seems to be codenamed Flounder, exists but no sign of a release date. It seems that the Nexus 8 or HTC Volantis has… Read more »
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Last time we spotted a leak of a new Nexus tablet we were quite shocked, considering it said that the tablet will sport 5GB of RAM along with some other pretty nice specs. Even the source of that leak is usually spot on. This device keeps on leaking.
This time it leaked on a shipping database in India (image down below). It showed a listing for two “NEXUS8 PROTOTYPE TABLET SIMILAR TO NEXUS(7)” which landed in India about a week ago via Bangalore Air Cargo. The value listed for each of those was INR$16,484, which is approximately $275. This is probably not the retail price though, but we’re not sure. This might be the best evidence this thing exists thus far.
This time around we don’t get any specifications or anything of the sort. As far as we know @evleaks’ information might be spot on.
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We’ve seen lots of Nexus rumors in the last few months, both smartphone and tablet line. On one hand reports have been saying that the Nexus line is coming to an end in favor of Android Silver, on the other hands however we’ve seen leaks of Nexus 6 and Nexus 8. Nexus line may or may not be coming to an end, but even if that happens it doesn’t mean it will happen this year.
Be that as it may, newest report shows us a render of Nexus 8 tablet made by HTC and its specs, although they refer to it as Nexus 9. The device’s name is HTC Volantis (earlier mentioned as “Flounder”). This report is coming from Android Police and they seem rather certain that the device is coming.
Talking about specs, according to the report the device will feature an 8.9″ display 2048×1440 in resolution (281ppi). It will be powered by Tegra K1 64-bit processor (Nvidia Logan) along with 2GB of RAM. The device will sport an 8MP OIS rear shooter while the one on the front will be 3MP. The device will come with either 16 or 32GB of internal storage and will have stereo front-facing speakers as well as an Aluminum zero-gap construction and should weight 418 grams. There will also be a LTE version of the device and its measurements will be 22.63×15.19×0.79cm or in inches 8.91×5.98×0.31.
Note that the renders doesn’t seem to be final, although the device looks rather Nexusy as it is. 16GB version of the device should cost 399$ while the 32-gig model will be a 100$ more expensive, which brings it to $499. LTE version will raise the price for an additional $100+. The report also says we won’t see this device at Google I/O, it should be release in Q4.
These are some detailed information and they seem quite legit. What do you think of all this?
Android Silver appears to be the flavour of the year regarding stock Android devices as the light at the end of the Nexus tunnel starts to dim. The Silver line is expected to supersede the Nexus line, but still keep with the same sort of Google-mandated devices made by device manufacturers; it’s expected the changes will come mostly in the software that will be on the devices. Still, hope is not all lost for Nexus devices this year as rumours of the HTC Nexus 8 continue to circulate, further added to by this gem from Android Police today which says it will actually be a 8.9-inch Nexus tablet coming in Q4 2014, which supports yesterday’s anonymous tip.
We’ve seen the names “Volantis” and “Flounder” floating around in the Chromium issue tracker before, though while we assumed this might have been the codename of the Nexus 8, this is only the second time it has been referred to by this name. According to Android Police, who provided the above source image, the Volantis is going to be manufactured by HTC with a screen size of 8.9-inch and intriguingly have an aspect ratio of 4:3. While the screen resolution of 2048×1440 isn’t strictly a 4:3 ratio, this might just be the usable screen space once the on-screen buttons are factored in. Rumoured specifications of this 8.9-inch Nexus tablet include Nvidia’s new Tegra K1, 2GB memory and 16/32GB storage variants which will allegedly cost $399 for the 16GB and $499 for the 32GB; a LTE version may also be available in the $600+ region.
This Nexus tablet is looking really impressive, and while it might cost a pretty penny more than the other Nexus tablets, it appears to be worth it. While it’s been alleged that the Nexus 8 (if it’s even going to be called that) is going to replace the Nexus 7, the fact that it may cost upwards of $350 and be armed to the teeth with impressive hardware suggests to me that it might not actually be replacing anything in the current Nexus line; if anything, it would be replacing the Nexus 10. But that’s just my opinion: what do you think about this 8.9-inch Nexus tablet? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.
Source: Android Police
While rumours surrounding the Samsung Galaxy F (or Galaxy S5 Prime) are quite healthy and frequent, rumours regarding its HTC counterpart, the HTC One M8 Prime, appear to have tapered off completely. And based on an anonymous tip passed on to Phone Arena, that might be because the device has been cancelled. According to the tip, instead of the M8 Prime, a second HTC flagship will be released in the second half of the year bearing a 5.2-inch display, aimed at replacing last year’s HTC One Max. The tip doesn’t stop there, though, also saying that the HTC Nexus 8 that we have been expecting won’t be making an appearance at Google I/O next week.
While many of us were expecting the follow-up to Google and LG’s 7-inch tablet to be announced at Google I/O, the tip has said that the HTC-manufactured device will be released at a later date at another event. That kind of takes the wind out of what we expected from Google I/O, but that looks to make Android Wear and its hardware partners the prime focus of the event.
What do you think about the HTC One M8 Prime being cancelled; were you looking forward to it? And are you excited to hear that the HTC Nexus 8 is still on its way? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below.
Source: Phone Arena
Leaked images claimed to be Google’s new Nexus 8 are making their way around the Internet. Besides showing a 7 to 8-inch device, not much else can be seen from the photos.
The Nexus 8, the follow up to last year’s Nexus 7 and possibly replacing the Nexus 10, is rumored to be unveiled at Google I/O in just a few weeks. Rumors have also suggested it will feature a 64-bit processor and be manufactured by HTC.
The purported images of the Nexus 8 come from MyDrivers.com, who claim that the device is wrapped in a protective shell to hide it from prying eyes. If it doesn’t have a case on it, that’s a pretty large bezel around the display, something that Google and nearly all manufacturers have been moving away from in recent years.
Also according to leaks along with these photos, it will come with a Qualcomm 64-bit processor, 3 GB RAM, and will run Android 4.5.
Nothing is confirmed until it’s official and hopefully we’ll see a new Nexus tablet sometime June 25 or 26.
Now we’re in June, our attention naturally turns to the event scheduled for the 25-26th of the month, and with Google I/O 2014 only a few weeks away, what has the company got in store for us?
We take a look at some of the more likely headlines that we think the rumours have been solid enough to predict, those that could and would be nice to happen, to those which we probably won’t be seeing Google announce at their Keynote.
Google I/O is usually reserved for major operating system releases as it’s the perfect chance to showcase the new features and also demonstrate the new API’s and system-level components to developers. Codenamed ‘Moonshine‘ internally at Google, but expected to be called Android 5.0 Lollipop staying true to the dessert inspired naming convention, the next version of Android seems all but due given that Android 4.4 KitKat was released back in October 2013 and we’ve been in the 4.x naming convention since Ice Cream Sandwich back in 2011. It seems only fitting that the next release of Android finally sees us into the 5.x numbering scheme with a major update to support Android Wear.
However, with Sundar Pichai, Google’s new head of Android, going on record saying Google I/O was “not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system”, you have to wonder if Android 5.0 will be on the agenda, and for that matter any products at all. Likelihood 6/10
What a better way to mark a new major version of Android than two new tablets? We’ve already heard a device codenamed Flounder appearing on various leaked documents which is heavily believed to be a new Nexus 8 tablet, but what about Google’s other tablet, you know the one that hasn’t been updated since October 2012?
We expect that Android 5.0 will be heavily geared towards optimisations for tablets and Google is stalling the next Nexus 10 to showcase the new optimised software with an updated version of the 10-inch device. HTC are expected to be the manufacturer of choice for the Nexus 10 2014 edition with LG looking to put their mark on the Nexus 8.
It seems almost certain given the leaks we’ve seen that a Nexus 8 will appear at Google I/O, with hints that a free one might be given out to the attendees. As for the Nexus 10, it would appear Google are holding out for perfecting the optimisation of Android for tablets, which although moving forward over the last few versions of Android, is nowhere near where it needs to be. Likelihood 8/10
Whilst a new Nexus phone device will happen in 2014, unfortunately it won’t happen at Google I/O. The last Nexus 5 phone was released in November 2013 with the Nexus 4 October/November 2012, and it looks like Google will be sticking with the pre-holiday shipping window of the Nexus 5 2014 edition. Likelihood 2/10
This is one that could really go either way, as rumours have pegged Android TV as something that exists but Google will be very wary of how much of a flop their Nexus Q was. Rather than attempt hardware and software, Android TV will take a leaf out of it’s name and instead offer a platform for hardware manufactures to use, much like Android Wear and the Android OS.
Whilst the Google Play Store has all the ingredients it needs to offer a media-rich offering for TV’s, Android TV will most likely be delayed by licensing deals with the cable companies. It wouldn’t make sense for Google to make a Chromecast competitor; the Android TV will most likely overlay TV guides and information for content, taking the TV experience one step further to work in unison with, or potentially replace, your cable box. Likelihood 5/10
Google has already teamed up with a number of car manufacturers including Audi, Honda and Hyundai to integrate Android into a handsfree media entertainment console at the center of your car. However, we’ve seen very little of what Android has to offer when it comes to the car, expect a brief look at their implementation at Audi during CES 2014.
Expect to see a heavy focus on Android in the Car at this years Google I/O 2014, with potentially even some demos of how far the Open Automotive Alliance has come since CES 2014. Likelihood 8/10
This is expected to be the big focus of Google I/0 2014. With the platform in its infancy, and many manufacturers already gearing up their smartwatches for the platform, expect to see a big developer push to get supported apps ready for the platform. In addition, it is extremely likely that now Google has had time to polish off the edges of Android Wear, that we could see a live demo on Android Wear and potentially even a prototype device.
Whilst Android Wear is a given focus for the developers conference, could Google surprise us with undercutting every manufacturer and releasing a Nexus smartwatch running Android Wear? Very possible. Much like their Nexus brand of phones and tablets, it makes every sense for the company to offer up a Nexus smartwatch, and also beat everyone else to market. Likelihood 10/10
We’ve heard varying reports when it comes to Android Silver: some are actually calling this the next Android 5.0 release, whereas others believe the Android Silver program will be a high-end locked down heavily Google influenced and controlled line of smartphones and tablets. However, we’ve been hearing that Android Silver isn’t expected to land until early 2015 so believe that it’s separate to Android 5.0 and will instead form the beginning of an elite line of hardware that meets Googles specifications, update cycle, and experience, to be used in their retail presence to advertise the Android brand. Likelihood 4/10
A big part of Android 5.0 is an app codenamed Google Babble which aims at unifying its various chat services which include Talk, Hangout, Voice, Messenger, Chat for Google Drive and Chat on Google+. The aim is to enable VoIP calls in the Hangout app using your Google Voice number, as well as amalgamating its various other chat services into a single app.
If not part of Android 5.0, then this one seems like a dead cert anyway. Google has already blended SMS into the Hangout app, and it seems a unified app is simply the way Google want to go. Likelihood 9/10
Google’s entry into the home automation market was canned with mentions of Android@Home from their at-the-time partners website disappearing overnight, and the companies declining to comment.
Speculation was sparked again when Google acquired NEST, prompting thoughts that Android@Home was back in business. This isn’t the case, and it makes no sense to try and rebrand NEST. The footprint they have in the home automation market will for the foreseeable future be represented solely by NEST, and Google I/O will certainly not bring any developments to that. Likelihood 1/10
Is Glass ready for the mainstream? Google teased wide availability of the Google Glass with their one-day event where anybody could order a Glass in the US, but was this a retail experiment to gauge interest in the device, or simply a way of shifting stock? Whilst it doesn’t look likely that Google will already have another hardware to their Google Glass to 3.0, perhaps we will see an update to the wider availability of the Glass program for the Glass 2.0 at Google I/O. Likelihood 3/10
Think we’ve missed anything that you have a feeling will make an appearance at Google I/O? Drop us a comment in the section below.
Although the leak that claimed to be the Nexus 8 was actually eventually revealed to be an early image of the Nexus 10, evidence suggests that the Nexus 8 is a real product and will appear at Google I/O.
The device, codenamed Flounder, which ties in with the use of fish names for Nexus devices, was found in recent code and now also has been spotted on several posts on MYCE, of which they say is solid evidence that the device exists and will be revealed at Google I/O.
Further entries seem to confirm the device will be Tegra based and potential 64-bit support.
If the rumours are true, then we just might see the Nexus 8 appear at Google I/O, which is scheduled for June 25th and June 26th.
One of the most highly anticipated devices of 2014 is the Google Nexus 8 tablet, which is expected to supersede the oft-criticized 2013 Nexus 7. While so far only existing thanks to countless rumours, including code snippets and production leaks, the case for a Nexus 8 grows dimmer with every mention of the Android Silver line of devices replacing the Nexus line. Even so, when a mystery device pops up on the Google I/O website one month ahead of the actual event, we can’t help but wonder if this is a sneak peek of the Nexus 8.
As you can see above, there is an unmarked tablet shown being used as part of an exhibit, though which manufacturer it comes from is up for discussion. It’s notable that the device seems to be running an older version of Android, given away by the coloured Wi-Fi and battery icons, so it’s not a perfect fit for the latest and greatest from Google just yet. Still, if it’s not the Nexus 8, we’d love to know what tablet that is if somebody can identify it.
What do you think about the mystery tablet in the photo? Do you think it is the Nexus 8? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.