Samsung picked over Asus to build Google Nexus tablet?

Samsung picked over Asus to build Google Nexus tablet?The Nexus rumours are back - specifically that we're about to see a Nexus tablet again (it's too early for talk of a Nexus phone - that doesn't usually happen until towards Christmas time).

Only this time, the manufacturer has changed again with Asus apparently off the cards and replaced with Android favourite, Samsung.

Back in March, we were talking of an Asus Nexus launching in May. We assume that Digitimes got that prediction wrong - it wouldn't be the first time, after all.

But this latest snippet of tittle tattle comes courtesy of a chap called Adam Green who is a long time and credible Android developer. He reckons that he's come across a bit of code that points to Samsung specifications.

Among the gems are talk of an Exynos 5250 dual-core processor, a Mali GPU and a S6E8ABo display rocking a resolution of 1280 x 800.

It's certainly an interesting concept. We hate to use the term 'iPad killer' since lots of people throw the term around at anything with a plug on it. And let's face it, there are very few products that will arrive and instantly 'kill' something as successful as the iPad. But a Nexus tablet could at least make a dent in Cupertino's sales.

The great thing here for Android would be the fact that it is a Nexus branded device. One of the gripes of consumers is there is just too much fragmentation in Android and also too much choice. Heck, Samsung itself seems to make more Android tablet variants than there are people in South Korea.

Also, the rumour has some credibility as Samsung has been chosen by Google the last two times to build its flagship Nexus phone, having ditched HTC after just one round.

So, when do we find out? Well, the answer is not forthcoming really. How long's a piece of string. Android's latest iteration, 5.0 JellyBean, is expected to be announced at the end of next month (ironically as many providers are STILL shipping new phones running Gingerbread 2.3!) so maybe we'll get some news then? Maybe.

Until then, the rumour mill rules!

Via SamMobile

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JanSt / MOD  May. 15, 2012 at 11:59

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I forgot what I was gonna say. I know it wasn't pretty.

Pondlife  May. 15, 2012 at 12:14

Best post you've made ;)

Why not go with Samsung they've shown they can churn them out already I guess.

And Jellybean has to launch on something...

krogothnx  May. 15, 2012 at 16:46

if jellybean were to launch on a nexus tablet, i hope they'd at least launch it alongside a new nexus phone. don't want people to be confused about tablet/phone OS fragmentation all over again if they think jellybean is the new honeycomb.

CTPAHHIK  May. 15, 2012 at 18:26

Who cares about Jellybean. I want Windows 8 :p

JanSt / MOD  May. 15, 2012 at 18:30

Windows 8 looks like ⬇

http://i.zdnet.com/blogs/22-09-2011-12-55-54.png

Pondlife  May. 15, 2012 at 19:48

You think windows 8 will be screenless, it's different at least.

If Jellybean is coming next month it's too soon for a new nexus phone isn't it?

krogothnx  May. 16, 2012 at 07:34

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