The product of much speculation, the Google Nexus 8 tablet may finally be up for its big reveal at Google’s I/O developer conference next week. Before that happens, a quick recap of the most recent rumors on the possible 8-inch device is in order.
UPDATE (June 26): Although the Google Nexus 8 was not unveiled at Google I/O 2014, the wraps did come off Android L. This is scheduled for release in the fall, and a new Nexus tablet could come along with it.
While we have covered speculation about the device before, more information appears to be solidifying by the day. The most recent rumors include that the Nexus 8 will be manufactured by Asus, and feature a 64-bit Qualcomm processor as well as 3 GB RAM.
In addition, the Nexus 8 will probably run the new version of Android that is also likely to be announced at Google’s developer conference, Android 4.5, (or 5.0, depending on whom you ask). The OS currently referred to in the rumor mill as “Lollipop” is expected to be the first from Google to support 64-bit processors — a step Apple took last year with iOS 7 .
The size and specs of the Nexus 8 will likely put it in direct competition with the latest-generation Apple iPad mini. The Google Nexus 7 (2013) has a high-resolution display, so Google’s next model might rival the Retina screen of Apple’s 7.9-inch model, while also probably having a lower price than the $399 starting point of the iPad mini 2.
With other rumors about Google ending the Nexus line in 2015 also lurking just below the surface, it’s best to recall that we still won’t know anything for certain until Google I/O. The conference begins June 25, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated with all the latest tablet news to come out of that.
UPDATE (June 27): A high-level Google executive says that the Nexus line is here to stay. More details are available in this article: Google Exec Promises “We Are Still Invested in Nexus”.