Coming soon: Google Nexus 8

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With Google’s I/O conference scheduled for late June,

could we see a new Nexus tablet and new Android?

The Nexus 8 is set to be Google’s next new Android tablet. It will follow on from the Nexus7, which is still one of the best tablets around,and could be here within the next few months.

Release date of the Google Nexus 8

The Nexus 8 release date is somewhat up inthe air, with initial rumours citing an unnamedDublin-based Google employee and suggestingthe Nexus 8 would be announced in July, not atGoogle’s forthcoming I/O developer conference.

The original Nexus 7 and the 2013 revision both launched in July, so this would follow tradition.

However, rumours that the Nexus 8 will be unveiled at Google I/O, which kicks off on 25 June, still abound.

According to the Wall Street Journal, thetablet, which is part of ‘Project Tango’, “could bereleased ahead of the company’s annual developer conference, scheduled for the end of June”.

We think Google I/O is the most likely time for the device to be introduced, and this is fuelled furtherby the inclusion of an unknown tablet shown on thewebsite for the event (pictured on previous page).

Price of the new tablet Nexus 8

The rumour mill has yet to spit out any information on the Nexus 8’s price. With the device expected to be slightly larger than the Nexus 7, which sells for £199, and to come with improved specifications,we wouldn’t be surprised if there is a small price

increase, although Google will still be keen to undercut its rivals. Google doesn’t look to make a profit on its hardware, rather the software and content available through Google Play.However, pricing will also be largely dependent on the materials used to make the Nexus 8, and whether it is metal or plastic for example is still unknown.

Specification of Nexus 8

 The same source who revealed the July releasedate said Google will no longer produce a 7in tablet,

instead moving things up to 8in. This change would mean the Nexus 8 will more closely rival devices such as the iPad mini, LG G Pad 8.3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The big question is who willmake the Nexus 8?

Digitimes originally reported that Google willpartner with Asus for the Nexus 8, having built both versions of the Nexus 7. However, it now claims Google has changed its mind and plumped forHTC, which is a strange move, given its limited experience with tablets.

Meanwhile, Google has also been tipped to be partnering with LG on a Nexus tablet, although this could well be the next version of the Nexus 10.

The Wall Street Journal claims the Nexus 8 will be equipped with two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects.

Android Pit reports that the Nexus 8 will follow Apple’s lead and feature a 64-bit processor. It’s rumoured that Google will ditch Qualcomm and its reliable Snapdragon chips for Intel’s Moorefield,which is clocked at 2.33GHz and features a PowerVR G6430 GPU.

Software android tablet

 New Nexus devices are often launched alongside a new version of Android. So, along with the Nexus 8

we could see a new version of KitKat, or a version of Android that uses the next letter in the alphabet —L, and expected to be ‘Lollipop’.