Asus prepping wearables and talking to Google about the 2014 Nexus 7

Asus prepping wearables and talking to Google about the 2014 Nexus 7
The last we heard on the topic, there was speculation that maybe Asus was planning to push more and more of its own tablets because it looked unlikely that Google would choose the company again to make the Nexus 7 in 2014. But, the newest word, while not a confirmation that Asus will be partnering with Google once again, does leave open the possibility of an Asus-made Nexus 7 in 2014.

A new report from the Taipei Times quotes Asus CEO Jerry Shen as saying that the company is "still in talks" with Google about the possibility of building the third generation Nexus 7 tablet. That is a deal that makes a respectable difference for Asus as it could mean a 7% increase in tablet shipments for Asus next year. Still, there is no word on if that deal will happen.

The other big news from Asus is that the company says it is preparing to show off wearable devices at next year's Computex event in Taipei. The original article says "launch", but we doubt that means "release" in this case since it is rare for products to be released at big events like that, more likely it is a misuse of the word to mean "announce". 

There is no word on what kind of wearable devices are in the works (though we do note that it is a plural, not a singular), but it seems likely that at least one wearable will be a smartwatch. It also seems likely that said smartwatch would run Android, given the close partnership Asus has with Google between tablets and Chromebooks. 

Computex takes place in Taipei from June 3rd through the 7th in 2014, so that's when we'll be getting the official info.

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14 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Asus can go right ahead and make the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. Asus rules the Android Table space.

2. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Asus has done good job given the price point...please keep on making nexus tablets of future.

3. chuah1997

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

Asus Nexus 7 and 10 Still better then Samsung =.=.....(my opinion..)

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

If you've seen and used the Asus Nexus 10 enough to make that statement, you should know we have a tip line...

7. xfire99

Posts: 1204; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

You dont have a clue what u are talking about. Nexus 7 = ONLY ASUS. Nexus 10 = ONLY Samsung. Of course ASUS Nexus 7 is better then all, since there IS ONLY ASUS which released Nexus 7. Rumoured ASUS Nexus 10 hasnt been released yet and u opinions are total crap. U cant compare something, when there are none to compare with and come back where there is. -.-

13. chuah1997

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

How about we call Sony make Nexus 7 and 10 -_-

4. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

If they made an Android Smartwatch I would definitely at least give it a try. The Nexus 7 that I had was absolutely fantastic. It'd be a shame to see Google kick them to the curb.

5. jjjsong

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

After seeing the LG's 8 inch tablet, I was hoping LG would be making the next nexus 7 (or 8!)

9. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

I hope LG will makes the next Nexus 10.. Not the Nexus 7 nor Nexus 8....

8. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

ASUS makes the best laptops,computers and tablets out there than any other freakin' brands.... Sorry Sammy,I have to pass on...

10. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

maybe i hope the next Nexus 7 or 8 will have Tegra 4i or Tegra 4 or even Tegra 5 in it..

11. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

I agree with most of you guys asus is really a genuine tablet maker now. I own a nexus 7 2013 and borrowed the transformer prime lol awesome device. I find Samsung tablets are lacking behind quality. I'm loving my nexus 7 from a android developer and a lumia 920 & 1020 owner.

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am presently surprised that other than the dead pixel in my first unit, my Nexus 7 2013 hasn't gone down the s**tter yet like all other Taiwan based products I have owned. Still, they haven't made anything approaching the awesomeness of the Nexus 10 yet and the first Nexus 7 and transformer tablets were so garbage that I still fear for the Nexus line when Asus is involved. Not to mention that my Asus S400 ultra book is coming apart at the hinges already. We stand to lose a hell of a lot if we don't let Samsung or LG take the helm.

14. azfar

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

are all N7 2013 isues sorted? gps, screen, touch, etc

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