Back in February, we caught wind of a very odd rumor about the future of Google’s Nexus family of Android hardware, suggesting that HTC would make a spectacular return to the tablet space by building a new Nexus tablet. While it would be very nice to see HTC revisit tablets and maybe even find that success that eluded it first time around, the whole theory was just a little bizarre; could something like this really happen? Well, that’s what “supply chain sources” are saying over in Asia, as a new report doubles-down on this HTC Nexus theory.
As the story goes, ASUS might not be feeling too great about making a third-gen Nexus 7, specifically because of restrictions put in place by Google. Supposedly, back before Google ever got ASUS to make the first Nexus 7 it had offered the opportunity to HTC, but HTC was too laser-focused on smartphones at the time. With ASUS’s interest now dwindling, Google might make a second stab at recruiting HTC for the job.
While it sounds like this model would replace the current Nexus 7, it wouldn’t necessarily keep the same screen size, and an HTC Nexus tablet could bump things up to eight inches.
Those rumors of Google putting an end to the Nexus series also pop back up here, claiming that this HTC tablet might be the last one we get.
This continued support has us considering these HTC Nexus tablet rumors in a new light, but our initial concerns remain – it just seems like a really weird step for the company to take. At this point, we’d love to check out a little evidence that might at least point us in the right direction: HTC, ASUS, or another OEM altogether.