Nexus 7 refresh and Android 4.3 now expected in July

Nexus 7 refresh and Android 4.3 now expected in July
In the leadup to Google I/O, there were two prevailing rumors that people clung to: 1) that Google would announce a new version of Android - 4.3 Jelly Bean, and 2) that the 2nd generation of the Nexus 7 could also be announced. The closer we got, the clearer it was that Google wasn't going to announce new hardware, and focus on software (what with this being a developer's conference and all), but the new speculation has Android 4.3 and the new Nexus 7 coming in July.

The speculation about the Nexus 7 is a bit more firm as it comes from DigiTimes, but DigiTimes doesn't have be most solid track record for accuracy in release dates. In an article about the 2nd generation Surface tablet, DigiTimes also noted that the 2nd gen Nexus 7 was planned for a July release, and that Google is targeting 6-8 million in sales of the tablet in the second half of 2013. 

The rumor about Android 4.3 is less believable, unless the Nexus 7 rumor turns out to be true. The original source of the 4.3 release is that during a Google I/O session someone was quoted as saying, "Android API release 18 will get Bluetooth Smart functionality in ‘a couple of months:’" Android 4.2 is API release 17, and we have already heard before that the next version of Android would support Bluetooth Low Energy. 

If the Nexus 7 refresh is really planned for July, it would make sense that a new version of Android would come with it, but right now it's all just rumors.

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35 Comments

1. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Tegra 4 or Snapdragon 800 is the real question. Snapdragon 800 should beat the tegra 4 cpu by a little. The Tegra 4 gpu though will own adreno 330. Both are good enough chips to push the rumored 1200p screen perfectly.

5. MrPhilo

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Snapdragon 800 won't be faster than a pure A15 chip, it's a stripped down version of A15 (easier way to say it). Obviously its a custom SoC by qualcomm but it doesn't inherit all the A15 features (to use less power). But the advantages of Snapdragon is due to it's wireless/radio integration. The Adreno 330 > Tegra 4 in terms of benchmark. The Adreno 320 at 450Mhz loses only to Tegra 4 by 1.1 framerate (GFXBench, 17.1fps vs 18.2fps).

7. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

In a benchmark thats biased towards adreno?

8. MrPhilo

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Obviously the benchmark is bias towards Adreno (sarcasm), Adreno GPU uses better technology than the old Tegra. It has OpenGL 3.0, which is going to be supported in Android 4.3, while Tegra 4 GPU is only 2.1. GFXBench isn't bias, it's a universal benchmark.

11. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Ho can you say this "it's a stripped down version of A15 (easier way to say it)" If Qualcomm didn't say or presented any kind of technical info about the architecture of the Krait 400?

12. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

should be on par with the top a15s. Silvermont though is going to destroy arm q3-q4 in the tablet market. Based off specs the quad core baytrails will be scoring between 50000-60000 in antutu

15. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

*Should be is a supposition, nice try... FACTS, no useless rumors! Also there are only rumors and suppositions about the Intel Silvermont...

21. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

A dual core low end intel atom phone cpu is on par with a15 quad core. The atoms are basically seeable as a7s. The baytrail series (mainly for tablets for now) is going to destroy the competition in intels $400 laptop/tablet hybrids running android.

30. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

thats the first Intel fanboy ive seen all day

31. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Lenovo K900 is using a low end intel atom. http://st.gsmarena.com/pics/13/04/lenovo-k900-benchmark/gsmarena_010.jpg Now **** off.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Who cares as long as the darn thing works.

20. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

screw that, all these news are made up to get people to continuously come back to site and read this trash. im done with this site. not coming back. all they do is MAKE UP news.

32. smartphonelover

Posts: 37; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

I'm hoping for Tegra 4 :) Idk if it's more or less powerful than the Snapdragon 800, but Tegra processors seem to have more high end apps that are compatible with them.

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

well they have until August to wave a shiny new Tablet in my face because if they don't i'll either get the HP Slatebook X2 (most likely) or i'll find a deal on an N10.

3. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

GIMME, GIMME, GIMME!!!

4. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

What about Back light bleeding on Nexus7.I hope Asus fix that, I return three of mine Nexus.And I hate Back light bleed.

6. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

I want a new Nexus 4 with an aluminum body, a Snapdragon 600, and GSM LTE. Come on, Google!

29. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

That's impossible. The Nexus 4 has a glass body, if you want aluminium, go get a HTC One.

9. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

If you go to 20 seconds of the video, it looks like the new Nexus 7! http://youtu.be/XkpjZ7oA_Qg It's from the Hangouts ad by Google. What do you guys think?

19. JesterB

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Looks like the nexus 7 have I've had for the last 6 months. Wish it was the new one though.

22. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

turns out it is the current nexus 7 with some light flashing animation (from the video)....I was wishing it was the new one though :(

10. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I find this really weird, why would google have 2 announcements so close together? If they were planning on releasing android 4.3 then they would have previewed it at google i/o. It looks to me that google will just be releasing KLP in november, to keep manufacturers from falling behind and keep fragmentation low. Personally i think google should just forget about android 4.3 and just release KLP in November. or google could do what it did with android 4.2 just release a video on verge, but that was because the conference was cancelled...

13. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

I was pretty shocked that google didn't announce this at I/O but I think google wants to separate it's product announcements from it's software announcements, just like apple.

14. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

I was gonna wait for the new nexus 7 for my kids but they are getting impatient. So should I wait or just buy the Nexus 7?

16. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

definitely wait :)

23. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Wait the nexus 7 is starting to show its age pretty bad.

35. riggsy

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

I would wait. It is a great tablet and it worked like a charm till 2 days ago when it started constantly power cycling. This could just be a one off issue and I am still going to try the external hard reset before i try to go through Asus for a manufacturer warranty. Bought mine last July when they came out. Besides this it has been one of my best purchases ever. But if it was me I would probably wait. Hope your kids enjoy it.

18. imkyle

Posts: 1112; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

No excuse they could not at least talk about 4.3.

24. TNesmith

Posts: 13; Member since: May 05, 2013

Alright, so a while ago Qualcomm leaked a profile of what could possibly be the new Nexus 7 running on I believe the Snapdragon 600 but also it said " Version: KLP." So that makes me think do manufacturers, those close to Google, get the new versions of Android before the public?

25. FlushGordon unregistered

If Nobody wants Tegra 4, well maybe except Tosiba and ZTE...what. does Nvidia going to do now? They got a little bit cocky in their T4 announcement, and we have yet to hear from former customers like Asus, LG, and HTC

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