It’s incredible how observant the tech industry is, with even the tiniest of hints suddenly becoming full-blown news. Bloody “blogosphere”.
Here we’re seeing what appears to be the footprint of a new Google Nexus tablet thanks to one single line of code in a Chrome bug tracker.
Credit goes to myce, which has been poring over presumably countless lines of code in the hope of finding… something. And find something they did.
The single line of note reads: “Build fingerprint: ‘google/volantis/flounder…’”, which doesn’t indicate a great deal on its own; you’d be forgiven for thinking: “What the hell does that mean?”
The key word here is “flounder”, as in the “demersal fish found at the bottom of coastal lagoons and estuaries of the Northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans” (thanks to Wikipedia for that definition).
See, Google has a penchant for fishy codenames, as evidenced by the Google Nexus 4 (mako), Nexus 5 (hammerhead), Nexus 7 (grouper and flo) and Nexus 10 (mantaray).
As such, it’s probably fair to say this Google Flounder is an unannounced Nexus device. In recent months we’ve been throwing around the Google Nexus 8 moniker, with HTC tipped to take the reins.
Google I/O 2014 goes down at the end of June, but it’s likely to be developer-centric, with any hardware announcements probably following in October.