So far the trio of Nexus-branded Android devices have had one thing in common: they've all been phones.
But Google chairman Eric Schmidt has let slip that the next Nexus could well be a tablet, as the company looks to turn up the heat on the market-leading Apple iPad.
“In the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality” Schmidt told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sea.
Beyond that headline announcement, however, Schmidt wasn't going into any details other than to say it was ready to up the stakes in what he called the “brutal competition” between Google and Apple.
From a timing point of view, talk of the device landing “in the next six months” suggests that it will launch still very much in the Android Ice Cream Sandwich window, rather than appearing with an all-new version of the OS running on board.
That suggests that the unnamed Nexus slate's major appeal will be related to the hardware itself, rather than Google's mobile OS.
Time will tell.
In the same interview, by the way, Schmidt sang the praises of former Apple boss Steve Jobs and his achievement in re-imagining the existing tablet formula in a way that made it appealing to consumers.
“Steve Jobs was the Michelangelo of our time” Schmidt said. “[he] realised the revolutionary potential of the tablet and has created an amazing product like the iPad.”