While the Nexus 6 release may have been canned by Google, Nexus 8 rumors continue to emerge as we inch closer to Google I/O and a potential Nexus 8 release this summer. The first five months of 2014 have produced a number of rumors regarding Google’s Nexus program. We’ve heard a number of details about Google’s rumored Nexus 8 tablet and we’ve also heard about the company’s plans for its next Nexus smartphone, a device that was dubbed the Nexus 6. Earlier this month, credible rumors from the well sourced evleaks suggested that the Nexus 6 was dead and that Google would not release a Nexus smartphone in 2014. The same can’t be said for the Nexus 8, Google’s rumored 8-inch tablet and today, the Nexus 8 rumor mill is spinning once again thanks to another shred of evidence.
Just the other day, a “mystery” tablet on the Google I/O site was thought to be the Nexus 8 tablet. Unfortunately, it was an earlier image of the Nexus 10. This wasn’t the first time that the mythical Nexus 8 slate was thought to have made an appearance in a Google ad. Last November, a strange looking tablet was used in a Google promo. We thought it might be the Nexus 8. Whatever it was, Google felt threatened enough to change the image on the promo to the Nexus 7. But according to MYCE, there is a Nexus 8 coming, and it is going to be pretty soon when the new 8 inch slate is revealed. The computer community site noted that it had been the recipient of several posts related to a device test named “flounder” which fits in with Google’s use of fish names as code names for Nexus devices. It also dovetails perfectly with the use of the word “flounder” recently found in Google code, that might have tipped us to an HTC produced Nexus 8. Google has removed all traces of the flounder name used in previous posts on the computer community site. More recent references are made about a Tegra processor to be used with the tablet. One post mentions that the device will be powered by a 64-bit CPU.