Android 4.5 and Google Nexus 8 tablet coming in July?
Android 4.4 KitKat is currently running on a very small number of devices, with most manufacturers still working on updates for at least some of their past wares, but Google is obviously already working on the next version of its mobile operating system.
Over the past few years, one of the two new versions of Android that Google released each year was announced during its I/O developer conference. The dates for this year’s Google I/O have been announced recently (it will be held on June 25 and 26). Naturally then, one might assume that the next iteration of Android will be showcased on that occasion.
Not so, according to an anonymous source who works for Google in Dublin, claims AndroidGeeks. This employee was briefed by his superiors that the next version of Android, 4.5, will be unveiled at a separate event in July. That’s also when we’ll see the first Nexus 8 tablet announced.
This comes to solidify past rumors that spoke about Google abandoning the 7-inch tablet market in favor of selling 8-inch tablets from 2014 on. This has been justified by the growing competition in the 7″ space (whereas there are only a few contenders in the 8″ realm). The new source has confirmed the explanation for the move.
If this is true, it turns out that we won’t be seeing the first Nexus 8 in April, like a previous report claimed. The company making the new tablet could be Asus. We’ll let you know when we find out more.