On Wednesday, Google’s head of Android and Chrome, Sundar Pichai announced that the Mountain View-based giant will host the I/O 2014 developer conference on June 25-26. In an attempt to find out whether we’ll get to see the next Android iteration at I/O we got in touch with a person familiar with the matter who revealed for us that Google will not introduce Android 4.5 during the aforementioned event.
A Google Dublin employee said to us that his superiors have told him that Android 4.5 will be officially unveiled in July along with a new tablet, dubbed Nexus 8. He also confirmed for us that the I/O 2014 conference will focus on new services Google is planning to bring on the market.
Our source also mentioned that Google will no longer develop a 7-inch Nexus tablet, because of the heavy competition on the segment. Instead, they will try to focus on the 8-inch segment, where they will have to face a smaller number of competitors. At the moment, the most notable 8-inch tablets on the market are Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and LG’s G Pad 8.3.
The Google Dublin employee could not reveal more details about the Nexus 8 tablet, but since we are talking about a Nexus device that will be launched synchronized with Android 4.5, I guess it’s safe to assume that the 8 incher will come pre-loaded with the new Android version.
Furthermore, sources in Taiwan suggested a few weeks ago that Google will launch an 8-inch Nexus tablet at the end of April with “initial shipments of two million units.” The same report also indicated that Google has once more chosen ASUS to be their partner in the development of the new stock Android-powered tablet.
Would you be interested in purchasing an 8-inch Nexus tablet or you prefer the 7-inch models? What about Android 4.5? Are you looking forward towards any particular features?