Are you happy with the hardware we saw emerge from Google I/O? Granted, it’s a very different event than anything along the lines of an MWC or a CES, but we still often look forward to seeing one or two devices with close Google ties emerge from the conference. And while in the past those have included things like Nexus tablets, this year the rumored spread failed to emerge: no Nexus 8, nor even a Nexus 9 (or was there?). But were those rumors even close to the truth to begin with? Was it actually the Tango tablet sources were referring to? Supposedly not, and even with the Nexus 8 absent from I/O, word is that it’s still gearing-up for release.
CNET cites “a person familiar with the device” as confirming that despite the lack of a Nexus 8 at I/O, Google is still moving forward with the project, and the tablet will eventually be launched – though just when that might happen sounds like it could still be very much up in the air, with not even a hint of an ETA offered here. Could that mean that we’re waiting until the fall, alongside the eventual public release of Android L?
And while this report doesn’t directly make the connection, it strongly implies that HTC will be the OEM behind the Nexus 8, a detail that’s long been a component of these tablet rumors. HTC’s been out of the tablet game for years, but especially following the critical success of the One series, we’re curious to see how HTC might succeed at tackling some tablet design.
It seems that for the moment, though, we’re just going to have to keep patiently waiting; at least the Nexus 7 2013’s holding up nicely enough, right?