I’m kinda loosely continuing the Six outrageous claims that came to nothing (part 1, part 2) theme here, the difference being that the devices appearing in the aforementioned feature were actually released.
Here I’m taking a look at four phones/tablets that popped up on the rumour radar over the years, only to mysteriously vanish - a bit like Pondlife in the second half of 2013.
This is when I usually wheel out the “no particular order” declaration, but I appear to have sorted these bad boys into alphabetical order. Go me! A, B, D, C, E, F, G...
Asus Google Nexus 10
In 2012, we met the Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 7, and the Samsung-built Google Nexus 10. The former two were relatively successful, while the latter was effectively the runt of the litter – thanks to an overly optimistic price tag and a serious abundance of bezel. Poor Google Nexus 10.
One year later, we were blessed with the Google Nexus 5 and Google Nexus 7 2013 (with LG and Asus reprising their respective roles), but the rumoured Google Nexus 10 2013 failed to materialise.
At one point, consensus was that Asus would grab the Google Nexus 10 baton from Samsung, as seemingly confirmed in a couple of retail listings (one, two), but it seems that the baton was dropped in the bin instead.
Back in 2011, when the likes of the Motorola Xoom, HP Touch Pad and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 were taking on the iPad directly in terms of size, HTC was one of the first manufacturers to throw its weight behind a 7in tablet.
Alas, the HTC Flyer was far too expensive, and for some reason ran Gingerbread instead of tablet-optimised Honeycomb. Go figure.
Unsurprisingly, having sold something like six units of the Flyer, HTC retreated from the tablet scene to lick its significant wounds, releasing only the HTC Jetstream in the US in Q3 2011.
Since then we’ve seen this many HTC tablets: none. In August 2012, a distinctly iMac-like HTC tablet was leaked (it was actually the first post by respected twitter source @evleaks), but ultimately came to this: nothing.
The Motorola Nexus situation is an odd one. Moto has never been given the Nexus treatment (Xoom aside), though it seems like a no-brainer, the US manufacturer now being owned by Google ‘n’ all.
The flip side of the coin is that Google might potentially irk other Android manufacturers by favouring its own child.
Still, that didn’t stop Motorola being tipped as one of the front-runners for Google Nexus 5 duties. Indeed, at one point we wondered if we might see a Nexus phone from both LG and Motorola.
But nope, nothing from Motorola, just the LG-built Google Nexus 5, despite Taylor Wimberley’s promise: “Motorola will release a Nexus smartphone in Q4 (that is not the Moto X).”
The closest we’ve come to Motorola Nexus action of late is the Moto G Google Play Edition.
Samsung Galaxy 3D
With its unofficial motto “One size doesn’t fit all”, Samsung generally likes to cover each and every conceivable base, with big phones, small phones, curved phones, Android phones, Tizen phones (soon), Windows Phones, phablets, and countless tablets.
The one thing Samsung didn’t jump on was the autostereoscopic 3D bandwagon, with the LG Optimus 3D and HTC Evo 3D ultimately being the only two phones of note to embrace the technology.
But there was a time when the Samsung Galaxy S3 was tipped to arrive as the Samsung Galaxy S3D, which would’ve been freakin’ hi-larious. Indeed, things would probably be significantly different now, as the phone would’ve almost certainly been shunned, something Samsung must’ve realised all too well.