There has been some speculation going on in the web as recently published change logs in the Android Open Source Project (ASOP) appear to indicate that there could potentially be a new HTC developed Nexus in the works as well as Google?s rumored Android TV.
References found in the Android 4.4.3 change logs that were published on the Android Open Source Project last week point to Flounder, which has a connection to HTC and has sparked speculation that the Taiwan based company will possibly be creating the next version of the Nexus device.
Google uses fish names as the codenames for their Nexus line. The Nexus 4 was codenamed Mako, Nexus 10 was Manta, Nexus 5 was Hammerhead, Nexus 7 2012 was Grouper, and the Nexus 7 2013 was Razor. According to the change log, this was being referenced: ?project device/htc/flounder?, meaning that the next device could potentially be named flounder and could be made by HTC.
If HTC is indeed making a Nexus device, what type of device would it be? Would it be a smartphone or would it be a tablet? It seems very likely that the Nexus 6 will be developed by LG as more and more detailed rumors about it are starting to come out. If we assume that the Nexus 6 will indeed be made by LG, that would mean that HTC will be making a 7 or 8 inch Nexus tablet.
This assumption can go both ways. HTC hasn?t had any tablets out in a long time. In fact, it has been years since the last HTC tablet was released. This could possibly mean that HTC is severely outdated in the tablet category. On the other hand, HTC could be planning something big to get them back into the tablet category and this could be the extra boost and surprise they need to get them back into the game.
HTC getting into the Nexus space could be good for them and for Google as it diversifies the Nexus lineup further and encourages competition from other device makers to push their hardware further. We?ll know for sure in the next coming months. The Nexus 6 is slated for release in the second half of the year and the tablet version should be in that same time range.
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