Google needs a Nexus tablet. If it really wants Android to provide a true rival to the iPad, it needs to stop hanging back and take control of things itself. While previous rumours had suggested that Asus would provide the hardware, fresh gossip points to Google teaming up with Samsung. Is the Samsung Nexus tablet just around the corner?
Adam Green, an Android developer with a credible track record, claims to have uncovered bits of code in Google’s Git Repository that points to the use of Samsung specs. Among the code are references to an Exynos 5250 dual-core processor, a Mali GPU and a S6E8AB0 display with 1280 × 800 resolution.
Now, you’ll recognise the word Exynos from Samsung: the Exynos 4412 is the processor that powers the Samsung Galaxy S3. Why should you get excited? Google’s annual I/O conference is scheduled for June 27th-29th, and it’s very likely to mark the official unveiling of Android 5.0 (Jellybean).
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Whereas previous Android launches have all had their own Nexus smartphones (more often than not built by Samsung), this year could well see the introduction of a Nexus tablet as well.
What makes us say that? Well, aside from the obvious analysis that ‘it would be a pretty smart move’, the resolution of that screen – 1280 x 800 – says it’s more likely destined for a tablet than a phone.
Are you desperate for an official Nexus Android tablet? Would Samsung make a decent job of it? Let us know below.