Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 names appear in Chromium code

Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 names appear in Chromium code

Google’s Nexus series stand out with their amazing value for the money, and that’s one of the main reasons behind all the excitement surrounding them. This year, Google is expected to unveil at least two new Nexus devices, and now, for the first time, the names Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 surface to corroborate all earlier rumors. The two model names were uncovered in the Chromium Code Review by German developers Florian Kiersch and Carsten Knobloch, and chances are that these will turn out to be the official names of the new Nexus gadgets.

The Nexus 6 is widely expected to be based on the LG G3, a smartphone that LG will officially unveil on May 27th. We have no further details about the Nexus 6 from this leak, but we do expect to hear more about it by the time of Google I/O on June 25-26th. We ought to clarify, though, that traditionally, Google launches Nexus phones in the fall.

The Nexus 8 is clearly a tablet, and most recent findings in the Chromium Issue Tracker hint at a Google-HTC collaboration for it. Its rumored release date is this summer, when it could launch along with a new Android 4.5 version.

Interestingly, these two might be the last Nexus devices to come out of Google. Reports have surfaced about Android Silver, a program promoting timely updates and pure Android versions on multiple devices, that is said to replace the current Nexus initiative.

Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 names appear in Chromium code

Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 names appear in Chromium code
source: SmartDroid (translated) via BGR

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19 Comments

1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

HTC made nexus 8 will breathe new life into Android Tablet Space.

9. Peeyushmalik96

Posts: 75; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

yup the ultrapixel fits more on the front cam of tablet than on the rear of an otherwise awesome phone.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 6644; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The hardware is important of course, but what has me intrigued is the chromium part. That would be so cool to be able to run chrome os as well as Android on the same device.

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Um noooooo

2. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

LG show us how awesome you are again with the nexus 6! And give us louder speakers this time and OIS+

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Don't care about louder speaker, OIS is a plus but not a dealbreaker BUT...... Just give us a decent battery this time !

4. sjoshi251

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

yes, they should really put a bigger battery .

7. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

I've got no problem with the battery what so ever. In fact it's on par with my Galaxy Note 2 :) Installed Greenify https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oasisfeng.greenify and GreenPowerhttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.gpo.greenpower2 on my rooted N5 and get 4 hours of screentime with 15% battery left at the end of the day (07:00 ~ 23:00)

5. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

So it looks like Google is totally done with the larger 10inch tablet. That's a shame, love the nexus 7 owned both versions however after getting the nexus 5 I kind of use the nexus 7 less mainly because of the similar screen size and don't totally think a adding an inch would still be enough. So wanted to try out the 10inch tablet. Can anyone tell me if the nexus 10 model is still worth it. I will mainly use it for media, browsing and apps, don't care for the games tbh! Or should I try out some other tablets like the galaxy note 2014 edition/tabpro, Sony z2 tablet etc?

6. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Wasn't Google about to scrap Nexus and introduce Silver Certificate devices ?

8. suffix

Posts: 1; Member since: May 14, 2014

Have you read the article?!? o_O "Interestingly, these two might be the last Nexus devices to come out of Google. Reports have surfaced about Android Silver, a program promoting timely updates and pure Android versions on multiple devices, that is said to replace the current Nexus initiative."

10. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

So Nexus 6 is just a GPE of LG G3. How convenient.

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Same as the Nexus 5 being based off of G2. No difference.

12. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Just doesnt make sense when G3's GPE, a Nexus 6, costs less than other phones' GPE which is more costly than their vanilla-less counterparts.

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It'll be different enough to not blur them lines. N5 really other then soc, doesn't share much with the G2.

14. newbey123

Posts: 696; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Been waiting for Google to put out another tablet with HTC, as they made the first and best one far.

15. Gsizzle

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

LG will NOT be making the Nexus 6! Mark my words. It will be HTC! It just makes too much sense, HTC only got a shot of making one Nexus handset and that was the Google Nexus One. Whereas, other OEMs like Samsung and LG had the chance to make two Nexus smartphones devices (Back to back). Hence, it's only fitting HTC should get the last shot of making the Last Nexus device knowing the Nexus program is shutting down and taking over by Android Silver. Here is to hoping that Google keeps the dimensions of the Nexus 6 the same size as the N5 or smaller.

17. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

I think Google usually picks the up and coming manufacturer at the time. When the first Nexus phone was released HTC was all the craze, then when Samsung made the nexus lines they where on their fast track to glory. Once Samsung became the giant that it is today, Google looked for a new partner and that is where LG came in. ...If they would continue the Nexus line I would put money on a new partner for the Nexus line after this generation. But since the rumors of Android Silver have some weight to them I doubt Google will change its ways after the success of the Nexus 4/5 with LG despite some hiccups.

19. iLoveAmexica

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

the 6 is going to be like 5.5"...sigh

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