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

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)



1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

20. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 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.

2. f_u_006

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

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

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

8. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

10. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

12. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

come on are u kidding , its the htc flyer.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

4. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

9. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 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.

11. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

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

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

18. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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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