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Reference to an HTC-made 'Flounder' device found in Google code, could it be the Nexus 8?

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Reference to an HTC-made 'Flounder' device found in Google code, could it be the Nexus 8?
By now we are on high alert that the eventual Nexus 8 tablet could be tasked to none other than HTC. We've been hearing this rumor numerous times already, and a bit more tangential proof is emerging from the confines of Google itself. 

First off, we have a mention of a device codenamed "Flounder" in a Chrome bug report. Google always names its devices internally, and, since the Nexus 7 was codenamed "Flo," we'd wager to guess this is an upcoming Nexus tablet gear in the testing. Today, we get another proof, in the form of an Android 4.4.3 changelist code line that says “project device/htc/flounder/,” which reconfirms that the new device will be HTC-made.

By outing an 8.9" Nexus 8 tablet, Google will fill another market niche that it doesn't have a presence in at the moment. Granted, this year is said to be the last for the Nexus line, before it morphs into something else, but the plans for a Nexus 8 have probably been in motion for quite a while already. Also, if the device is made by HTC, it will bring more diversification to the portfolio, as the company is renowned for its chassis designs. Thus, the Nexus 8 tablet might not come as cheap, but it could offer stellar specs in premium wrapping, so we can't wait for more leaks to trickle down on the actual looks. Another device is also found in said code, referred to as "Molly," but which Nexus would that be, remains a mystery so far.

source: XDA-Devs via Pocket-lint (1,2)

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posted on 09 May 2014, 06:42 7

1. Anshulonweb (Posts: 311; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


let htc nexus tablet and sony nexus phone come....I'll buy both on a heart beat....

posted on 11 May 2014, 08:35

20. newbey123 (Posts: 404; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


I'm excited too. HTC made the first Nephi tablet and it outsold the ones made by Asus and Sammy, because it was the better product. Glad Google saw this and gave out back to HTC. Now I can get a nexus tablet and know it's high quality.

posted on 09 May 2014, 06:42

2. f_u_006 (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Mar 2014)


Nexus 8 and this Ancient HTC tablet picture?#?!?

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:59 3

7. Commentator (Posts: 2385; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well, to be fair, that is HTC's last try at a a tablet (not including the Jetstream, but that barely warrants mention anyways.)

Also, if I may soapbox here a bit, the Flyer was almost likeable. It had advanced stylus functionality before Samsung's Note series. It was just bogged down by a less-than-impressive processor and expensive price. A place to put the stylus would also have helped.

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:11 2

8. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


HTC is not a tablet specialist, LG, Samsung, and Asus are a better choice.

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:35 2

10. Commentator (Posts: 2385; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Yeah it is curious. Why would Google go to someone who hasn't made a tablet in three years?

I guess as long as they produce a good product, Google doesn't care. HTC's biggest problem has always been branding, but since it's a Nexus, Google will be doing that part anyways.

Also, LG's only made one tablet in recent memory, and (opinion alert) Samsung's only good tablets are in the Note series. I think Asus would still be the best choice, although I'd like to see Lenovo try as well.

Regardless of manufacturer, Google's pretty much set out their Nexus design, so I doubt choice of manufacturer will make much of a difference anyways.

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:42

12. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Samsung's good tablets are not only the Note series, but also the new Tab Pro series.

posted on 09 May 2014, 10:06

13. Commentator (Posts: 2385; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Eh, I don't know. Anyone can throw a bunch of specs into a tablet. Samsung's tablet software is good due to advanced multitasking functionality (multi windows, etc), but that wouldn't be present in a Nexus anyways. As far as hardware is concerned, I haven't had a chance to hold any of the Tab Pros, but from what I've seen of their build I'm not too excited.

posted on 09 May 2014, 18:35

15. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2951; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


The TabPro 8.4 offers outstanding WQXGA 2560x1600 resolution and good specs for $350. IMO, this is the best tablet for the money on the market today.

posted on 09 May 2014, 20:29 1

16. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


The Amoled version with a 8 inch version would be great also with Eyxnos Soc

posted on 09 May 2014, 23:08

17. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2951; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Hopefully Samsung will get serious about audio quality and use Wolfson DACs and high quality headphone amplifiers for their new Exynos tablets.

posted on 09 May 2014, 07:21

3. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1000; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


What the hell is this? Hope it's not the rear one.

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:50

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


come on are u kidding , its the htc flyer.

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:55

6. Commentator (Posts: 2385; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Considering that's the HTC Flyer from 2011, I sincerely hope not as well.

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:23 1

4. aayupanday (Posts: 516; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


HTC's current formula for their smartphones will do wonders for them in the tablet space.

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:27

9. newbey123 (Posts: 404; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Thank goodness. I have been waiting to by a Nexus tablet but wouldn't until it was given back to HTC. Can't wait to pick this up. Hurry up and release it.

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:37 1

11. RandomUsername (Posts: 452; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


If it's named Flounder, it should be thinner than Xperia Z2 Tablet :D

posted on 09 May 2014, 10:30 1

14. Taters (Posts: 2819; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Get ready for the worst Nexus tablet ever made. Even crappier than the Tegra 3 mess that was Asus first shot at a Nexus.

People exchanged that like 10 times before getting one without screen lift and HTC is much worse.

posted on 09 May 2014, 23:11

18. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2951; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I think you are forgetting that the new HTC offers tremendous versatility. With the new HTC aluminum Nexus tablet, you can take the battery out, turn it over and use it for cooking mini pizzas in the oven.

posted on 10 May 2014, 09:06 1

19. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Would be nice to see someone other than Samsung, LG do Nexus devices...I know Asus did 1 or 2 tablets...

Seeing as the first Nexus was by HTC...they should have been went back to them.

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