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HTC will make the next Google tablet, rumours suggest, replacing Asus as the search giant's favoured manufacturing partner for slates.

Digitimes claims the Taiwanese manufacturer will make the Nexus 8. As the name suggests, it will be an 8-inch device.


Asus currently makes the Nexus 7 for Google, so this would mark a break for the Mountain View-based company.

Google is also rumoured to be ditching Samsung as manufacturer of the Nexus 10.

According to Digitimes' source, Google wanted HTC to make the original Nexus 7, but HTC was too busy focussing on its smartphones.

It's claimed Google wants to pursue a new design for the Nexus 8. Perhaps mindful of HTC's design prowess with the HTC One (M8), it's enlisted the Taiwanese manufacturer.

Digitimes' source also claims Asus wants to develop its own brand rather than sell devices under the Google umbrella.

The rumoured Nexus 8 is slated for a release in the third quarter (July – September). This squares with a report last month that claimed Google would release an 8-inch tablet that would go into production in July or August.

It wouldn't be the first time Google and HTC have worked together on a device. The two previously teamed up for the first ever Google-branded Android phone, the Nexus One.

Digitimes also claims the Nexus 8 could be the last Google tablet ever released, though we find that hard to believe.

According to the site, "the series has already served the purpose of boosting Android's penetration in the tablet market", so could be retired.

As ever, take these rumours with a pinch of salt.



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