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References to Nexus 8 and Nexus 6 Spotted in Chromium Code

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Google is widely expected to unveil an 8.9-inch tablet and new Nexus smartphone this year, but the official names of the products currently remain a mystery. References in the Chromium Review Code, uncovered by Smart Droid, suggest that the tablet will be released as the Nexus 8 and the smartphone as the Nexus 6

Though mentions like these can be easily faked, the Nexus 6 could very well refer to the Flounder device discovered in the massive Android 4.4.3 changelog last week.

HTC has also been speculated as the manufacturer of the upcoming Nexus tablet, so if the rumors pan out, HTC could receive a much-needed boost to its bottom line thanks to a new-found Nexus partnership with Google. As a reminder, HTC has not produced a Nexus device since the Nexus One, which was the first Nexus device ever released by Google.

We could possibly learn all we need to know at this year’s Google I/O, which is scheduled to begin June 25.

Would you be interested in an HTC Nexus tablet and/or phone this year?

Via: SmartDroid.de
  • mcdonsco

    Skipping the 7″ sweet spot?

    Please no!

  • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

    If the nexus8 tablet is the same footprint as the nexus7 im buying it….my og nexus7 isnt as perky as she once was sadly…and i lose interest in ladies rather quickly

  • wolf

    n00ooo not a 6 inch behemoth keep it 5 only !!!
    :|

  • Michael Nichols

    Please give us a removable battery, SD card slot, and improved camera. That’s all I ask.

    • http://volumeboy-man.bandcamp.com/ VBM

      Google doesn’t believe in SD cards anymore. They haven’t for a couple years now. There’s an article somewhere here or at Android Police about it.

    • Spencer Walker

      Google should just up the min to 32gb that would solve the no SD card for 99.99999% of people

  • David

    HTC One build without that ultrapixel crap and I’m sold

  • ahhh yes

    Nexus 6 – plastic g3 for $400 equals $$$$$$

  • Trevor

    I just hope the next Nexus phone isn’t too big. Pretty sure the N5 is my limit. I’d be willing to attempt something bigger though, just to see.

    • Godzilla

      That’s what she said.

      • Trevor

        A+, sir.

  • Godzilla

    Nexus 8 is my next tablet

  • Roger W Turner

    Currently N4 and two N7 (2012). Bought N5 for my sister because I love my N4 so much.

    DEFINITELY looking to buy this year’s N ‘phone, *whoever* makes it.

    • Godzilla

      Who buys a phone for their sister?

      • Roger W Turner

        We both like new ‘phones and I have more money than she does.

        • Trevor

          You’re a kind-hearted brother.

    • http://volumeboy-man.bandcamp.com/ VBM

      And I literally just reordered a N5 because my current one’s screen is cracked to hell. Definitely gonna get the new Nexus tablet because my current 2012 N7 is aging poorly.

  • LisaJDwyer

    Though mentions like these can be easily faked, the Nexus 6 could very well refer to the Flounder device discovered in the massive Android 4.4.3 changelog last week. http://num.to/6026-9251-5279

  • AndrewScottRox

    Here we go!

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    I would probably get an HTC tablet. The flyer was pretty cool minus the price.

    I wouldn’t touch their phones with a 10 foot pole though.

    • hkklife

      The Flyer was pretty cool minus the price, the lag, the lack of support and the bezels. But it was still a solid piece of industrial design at the time and charged via microUSB which was a HUGE rarity back then in the tablet world! I’m game for another HTC tablet but only if it’s a Nexus!

      • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

        True on all of that.

    • i’d hit it

      But would you drop a 10 foot pole onto said phones? What about hitting it like a baseball?

    • Godzilla

      It would be cool if it was made in the style of the M8

      • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

        Ehhhh…. The M8 looks like a cheap business card holder or something to me. Or like a souvenir flask. Just cheap looking garbage throwaway imo. Not a fan. Not a classy device. Looks like made in China tourist trap material.

        • http://volumeboy-man.bandcamp.com/ VBM

          Speakers on the front (decent speakers) would be nice though on a Nexus tablet. I personally wouldn’t care for a rear camera… Why were people clamoring for a rear camera? Has tablet photo taking taken off?

  • One HTC

    Whatever HTC comes up with, will probably be twice as good as anything Samsung can copy from Apple.

    • fanbois are funny

      says the guy rooting for a company going bankrupt. maybe we’ll see 5 cameras with a combined 10 megapixels, and a 3d screen this time around? can we get a subwoofer for the boomsound?

    • moarbezelplox

      You’re right, there bezels kill all bezels. Moar bezel please! Stop copying apple, samsung and start copying htc. Gimme a 10 inch bezel!

  • LightofHonor

    Hopefully the Nexus 6 isn’t 6″… I somehow doubt that will be the name or the size. 5.2″ tops

    • hkklife

      That’s my guess…..A 5’2″ version of the G3’s 5.5″ screen with the same resolution.

      • Eskimo128

        That would be ideal IMO.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I have high hopes for this years tablet.

  • a) youth.in.asia

    NEXUS line > Android Silver BS

  • Jeff Ayers

    When I read Nexus 6 I immediately thought it was a 6 inch tablet. Time to change up the naming pattern

  • Orion

    I think we all kind of knew this was coming. How about something new?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Looking at Google’s usual timeline I’m guessing we’ll get another Nexus Tablet for I/O…..but Nexus phone will still be end of year. Though with all the talk of Massive UI changes to android…….I could be wrong.

  • Paul

    Still hoping for a new Nexus phone. My GNex is beginning to show its age… a little bit… sometimes… always.

    • calculatorwatch

      If you’re on Verizon you’ll probably have to wait for the Silver program and hope its debut phone comes out on all carriers. Good luck getting a GNex to last that long.

      • Paul

        I am on Verizon. But I have no delusions about getting a new nexus and staying on this network. I am ready and waiting to jump ship, just need the right phone. Preferably a phone that is dev friendly, and costs less than $650.

        • calculatorwatch

          Oh good just wanted to make sure you weren’t holding out haha. I’m sure whatever Nexus comes out this year will be worth the wait.

        • evan brown

          jumped from a gnex to a moto x dev edition in december, you’ll probably be able to get one on the cheap really soon. install xposed and gravitybox, youll have all the standard rom features you’ll need and all of motorola’s added goodness at the same time. or you can just wait for the next moto x or nexus, depends how much you cant stand your gnex anymore

        • blakjakdavy

          The phone you’re describing is the moto x developer edition for sure. I replaced my gnex with the moto x dev edition and it’s been great – it’s everything you want the gnex to be. Fast, all day battery, etc. Of course, we’re getting closer to the new moto x…

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    I thought Flounder was thought to be the HTC device?

    • antwonw

      Did you read the article?

  • j

    Why an 8.9″ screen? Not small enough to be ‘portable’ compared to a 10″.. yet lacking the same screen real estate. I don’t really get it. Anyone waiting for a 9″ tablet that can show me why?

    • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

      Because ipad already owns the 10 inch market.

      • j

        Yea, probably the best answer.. something different.

        I’ve been waiting for a new N10, but I won’t buy this N8.. oh well.

    • Spencer Walker

      Agreed Google should take the nexus 7 slim the top and bottom bezel to get a 7.5-7.9 inch device

  • Droidzilla

    This is basically how I feel when I follow new Nexus news.

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  • Xavier_NYC

    An HTC Nexus 6 would be nice as long as they don’t use that ultra-pixel crap.. I don’t care what you say, 4mp is 4mp and some of us use our phones for more than Facebook/IG pics.. Otherwise I’m all for it.. The Nexus 5 will be hard to beat though I thought it was an excellent phone made by LG

    • Droidzilla

      I’d like to see Sony get a shot at a Nexus phone, but I don’t think that’ll happen before they kill the program. Pity.

      • Xavier_NYC

        I’m actually ok with them killing it to make way for the Silver lining program.. Imagine beefed up phones with monster specs with no compromise running pure android maintained by Google…

        • Droidzilla

          I’m also imagining them at full retail price; one of my favourite thing about the Nexus program was great phones with great prices. But I must admit, I like the concept of top-tier, no compromise phones with pure Google software.

          • Xavier_NYC

            Yeah that’s the only downside is having to pay retail for those devices..

        • axi0m

          i thought that’s what the nexus program was. no lie, i think they’re killing it because they are running out of numbers lol. if the 8 & 6 pan out, that leaves the Nexus 9 and that’s it!

          • Abgar Musayelyan

            you do realize that ever since the nexus 4 and 7 have been release that the number have indicated the screen size and not the release number of the device right?

          • mikewilson1021

            For the tablets you are correct, but for the phones you are not. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 were the fourth and fifth generations of the Nexus phone line respectively. Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 in that order. It just coincided that the screen size was similar, even though the Nexus 4 had a 4.7 inch screen which is obviously closer to 5 than 4.

        • a) youth.in.asia

          And you’re going to pay every penny for those beefed up phones, too.

          I like how it currently sits now, nexus line and GPE phones

      • Miguel Angel Portela

        If Sony made a Nexus 6, it would be a thing of beauty in terms of design, nearly indestructible and it would actually have a camera that’s worth everyone’s time. It would be amazing.

        • Qbancelli

          And with those awful plastic flaps.

          No, thanks but no!

          • calculatorwatch

            I doubt it would be waterproof, so no plastic flaps sorry

      • a) youth.in.asia

        I would rather see Motorola get the next NEXUS or LG again, they’re getting better every nexus release. Now all we need is a stepped battery like the G2 or a MAXX battery

        • Spencer Walker

          Perfect world sony gets nexus 6 HTC gets 8 and moto gets the 100 dollar nexus phone

          • a) youth.in.asia

            Sony NEXUS? Stupidest thing I’ve heard in a while

    • Miguel Angel Portela

      I hope to God that HTC doesn’t make the Nexus 6. If they’re…shameless enough to put a 4mp camera in a flaghip phone, God knows what they’ll pull with a Nexus. 2.8 Ultrapixel lol.

    • FrankBoston

      Please don’t be a phablet!!!!

    • malcmilli

      if you are using your phone’s pics for more than Facebook/IG than a Nexus device is the last thing you should be considering anyway

  • blakjakdavy

    So if there’s a 2015 nexus it’ll be the nexus 7? Awkward.

    • blakjakdavy

      *nexus phone

      • Nick V

        I’m with you. Just call it the Nexus Phone, and be done with it. Forget the numbering system, and for god’s sake, please don’t go the route of “The New Nexus Phone”. :-)

        • 213ninja

          i agree, they should just do what car manufacturers do and refer to the year as needed.

        • Cruz R.

          For God’s sake, don’t let it be a six inch phone! Kellex would write gripes about it for months. =/

    • 213ninja

      that’s why this will be the last nexus phone before they switch to Android Silver (i’m only half serious)

      • Wall Breaker

        Nexus 5 2014, and no Nexus isn’t dying thats still just a dumb rumor that everyone is jumping to conclusions on.

        • Spencer Walker

          Yeah silver for the normies and nexus for devs

    • gintoddic

      if they only added a T or P it would future proof it, I guess they don’t think.

    • Bryan

      That’s why I don’t understand why they kept their incremental naming scheme for the phones and then kept the same naming scheme for their tablets.
      At some point, they have to change something in their naming, but I don’t think they can ever have a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 phone, because it will be too confusing even if it’s in a few years and they no longer sell a Nexus 7 or 10 tablet.

    • PoisonApple31

      Now that the actual 5 inch model is out of the way, why not just call it Nexus 5.2 (five point two)?