Google’s Nexus 7 line has had a good run but, if recent rumors are to be believed, the search giant is planning to replace it this summer with a larger model.
The so-called Nexus 8 is unlikely to measure exactly 8 inches, according to Digital Trends which notes a report back in March said the screen would measure 8.9-inches and come with a super high res display. The closest comparison would probably be Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, which has a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. The current Nexus 7 has a 1920 x 1200 resolution.
It’s not clear who will make the tablet for Google. If it’s LG, it may be based on the G Pad, which has an 8.3-inch display. Asus, which has worked with Google before, is another logical manufacturing partner, though recent reports indicate Google's leaning to LG.
Another bit of speculation relates to software. Every Nexus device has launched alongside a new version of Android and Google has used the Nexus line as a way to showcase the new features and interface of its newest operating system version.
Therefore, the Nexus 8, or whatever the new tablet is called, may well ship with Android 4.5 or an even more significant Android 5.0 update. Google isn't commenting on future Nexus models, but it has historically unveiled at least some of its new products at its annual I/O developer's conference which this year is June 25-26. Stay tuned.
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