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HTC reportedly will build the next Google Nexus tablet

Bad news for Asus and Samsung
Thu Feb 06 2014, 14:57
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TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC reportedly has been chosen by Google to build its next generation Nexus tablet, the Taiwanese press has reported.

Focus Taiwan reported on Wednesday that Google will go back to its roots with its next Nexus tablet, having selected HTC, which built the first Nexus phone, to make it. 

This comes despite HTC's lack of success so far in the tablet market, with 2011's HTC Flyer, the firm's only tablet to make it to the UK, struggling to win over customers. Perhaps Google has been won over by the design of the HTC One smartphone and wants HTC to apply that design skill to its own tablet line.

Saying that, we don't know much about the tablet in question, and it's still unclear whether HTC has been picked to build a 7in or a 10in Nexus tablet or the rumoured 8in model. Focus Taiwan simply reported somewhat vaguely, "HTC is said to have won orders for a high-end model of the Google Nexus tablet line that will begin shipping in the third quarter of 2014."

However, with the Nexus 10 model typically referred to as the higher-end of the two, we're putting our money on the larger model.

HTC declined to comment on the speculation, but if the rumour is true it will likely arrive as a blow to Asus and Samsung, which had previously been selected to build Google's Nexus tablet devices.

Again, if this rumour is true it seems that HTC will have a busy year, with the firm having hinted to Bloomberg on Wednesday that it plans to enter the wearables market in 2014 too. µ


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