Well, the Google Nexus 8 rumours are back, baby, and this time we’re told it’ll be manufactured by none other than… HTC?
That’s the story according to DigiTimes, so immediately we recommend spooning copious amounts of salt into your afternoon tea.
The popular Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 2013 tablets were of course manufactured by Asus, and this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the Taiwanese might be pushed aside as Google’s tablet OEM of choice.
The logic here is that there’s nothing to gain for Asus, which would rather push its own-brand smartphones and tablets at this stage in the game.
Enter: fellow Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. According to “sources from the upstream supply chain” (who else, DigiTimes? Who else?), HTC turned down the Google Nexus 7 2012 job as it wanted to focus instead on its smartphone stuff.
Fast-forward to 2014, and HTC is an utterly bizarre choice in anyone’s book. The Taiwanese are struggling at the moment, and their tablet history is less than stellar, being comprised largely of the overpriced failure: the 2011 HTC Flyer (pictured).
However, there’s yet more logic at work. Supposedly Google is losing interest in the tablet market, with the Nexus 7s having already achieved their goal of boosting Android’s tablet presence. Ultimately, we're told Google is "not very aggressive about its third-generation Nexus tablet", and indeed, this could be the last-ever.
Sounds, uhm, great? We’re told the Google Nexus 8 release will fall in Q3.