Google Nexus 8 Tablet Being Tested for Release, Reports Show

Recent documents released by Google on Chromium—the bug-tracking site for the Chrome browser—indicate that the tech giant may be testing out the Google Nexus 8 for release, tech site Myce reports.

Code Names as Evidence

What this discovery boils down to is a single name found among the bug-tracking reports: flounder. Why is this important? It’s a well-known fact that Google likes to code name projects with fun and thematic names, using KitKat, Jellybean, and Ice Cream for their Android operating systems. So far, phones and tablets have followed the same pattern as well.

As CNET summarizes, “The Nexus 10 was known by its code name of ‘manta’ (as in manta ray), while the Nexus 5 was referenced as ‘hammerhead’ prior to its debut, like a hammerhead shark.” It stands to reason that a new tablet would have a code name that follows this pattern, which is why “flounder” has raised some flags. Only tablets follow this theme.

Impending Google I/O 2014

Google I/O, one of the biggest Google events of the year, is a little more than a month away, and it would be the perfect platform for revealing a brand new tablet. While that normally would fall categorically under speculation and not quite evidence, CNET reports that sources say an 8.9-inch tablet will be going into major production come July and August. With this new piece of information and the Google I/O event just around the corner, the facts seem to back up the prediction that Google will reveal the “flounder” next month and start mass production shortly after the announcement.

One inconsistency here is that although production will likely start in July or August for an 8.9-inch tablet, it seems a little off from the time line Google usually follows. Summer has been the season for major Google tablets to be released, while the fall and winter seasons are the designated smartphone release times. Unless Google simply hit a few hiccups and needed a bit more time to develop the Google Nexus 8—which seems likely since reports from February showed the Google Nexus 8 initially slated for an April release—maybe what’s being put into production is an updated version of an already existing tablet rather than a flagship.

It’s still a bit early to say for certain, but the evidence builds a strong case. As it stands, there is a tablet being tested with a code name similar to other flagship tablets from Google, Google I/O is just around the corner, and sources report that an 8.9-inch tablet will enter mass production in July or August to hit the shelves later the same year. It’s a strong case for the Google Nexus 8 tablet, but there’ll be firmer conclusions as more reports are released.

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