Google preparing to launch Nexus 8.9 at I/O in June


nexus-8.9Google will reportedly drop the Nexus 7 this year in favor of a larger tablet, the Nexus 8.9. This comes after the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 not living up to Google’s expectations and not selling as well as the original Nexus tablet.

Interestingly, Google appears to want to back out from the tablet market as a major competitor. The Nexus 7 was almost unrivalled back in 2012 for sales, with the Kindle Fire the only Android tablet to really hit the same mark.

The report published today says Google is looking to have a lower volume of units made this year and the Nexus 8.9 may be the only tablet from the company, replacing both the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10.

This is an odd move, but one that fits with Google’s reported plans to move away from the ‘Nexus’ brand in 2015. The issue is Google spent a lot of money on advertising the Nexus 7 in 2013, the Christmas adverts were all over TV.

The Nexus 8.9 will reportedly run on a Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, along with a 2560 x 1440 resolution display and different storage options. HTC will be the manufacturer for the new Nexus tablet, the Taiwanese company’s first tablet since the HTC Flyer.

HTC has shown they can make gorgeous smartphones, the HTC One is proof and received multiple awards in 2013 for a great design and overall impressive device, both internally and externally.

The company has also worked with Google before on smartphones, we did hear about HTC apparently preparing a Google Now smartwatch, it is more likely to be a smartwatch powered by Android Wear.

We should be seeing the Nexus 8.9 at Google I/O in June, the developer conference Google holds annually, to show off their new products, services and software for developers and media alike.

Last year we got a big chunk of developer content and an incredible speech by Larry Page, the CEO of Google, talking about technology and innovation. Hopefully they up the ante this year, with more wearables and self-driving cars.