Nexus 6, Nexus 8 names show up in source files (but that may fall short of confirmation)

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When it comes to the next generation of Nexus-series Android devices, questions abound. Will the Nexus 6 really be another LG model, drawing from the soon-to-launch G3? And what about a new tablet? Could HTC really be making it this time around, and is this the model we’ve seen referred to as codename Flounder? And if it’s an 8.9-inch model, would it be the Nexus 8 or Nexus 9? It’s going to be a while before we have all of those answers, but this week some new evidence arrives that seems to support the idea that these next models will at least be called the Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 – or does it?

Here’s what we’ve got: a source code update added to the Chromium project a couple weeks back contains a text string mentioning the Nexus 6, and the version it replaced referenced a Nexus 8. Open and shut, right?

Well, maybe not so much. While we’d love to call this confirmation, the code in question is for a MockAdbServer (emphasis on the “mock”) and as Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii rightly points out, the values we see here could really be anything under the sun; it might be an unjustified leap in assuming this means these are official Google-sanctioned names. There’s also evidence of both names showing up in similar files many months back, suggesting that these could be mere placeholders.

All that said, we’d suggest tempering your enthusiasm when it comes to this find – these very well may be the names these models launch with, but we’re going to need a little more convincing, still.

Source: Chromium.org
Via: BGR, Florian Kiersch (Google+)

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