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Huawei Is Building A Successor To The Google Nexus 7, Says Report (arstechnica.com) 37

According to reliable product leaker Evan Blass, Google is working with Huawei to produce the successor to the wildly popular Google Nexus 7. Evan Blass tweeted yesterday: "Google's Huawei-built 7-inch tablet, with 4GB RAM, on track for release before the end of the year." Ars Technica reports: "Of course 'Nexus' probably won't be the name of this device. Google is undergoing the Great Hardware Unification of 2016, and according to a report from Android Police, the Nexus line is going away to make way for a unified 'Pixel' line. The two upcoming Google phones are reportedly going to be branded 'Pixel' and 'Pixel XL.' If that report holds true, this device would probably be branded a 'Pixel,' too. We last saw a 7-inch Google tablet in 2013, when the Nexus 7 was released as a follow-up to the original 2012 version. Both of these were built by Asus and were well-received thanks to their novel (at the time) 7-inch, 16:9 form factor and low price (~$230)."
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Huawei Is Building A Successor To The Google Nexus 7, Says Report

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  • Combine the power of China's state sponsored back door engineering program with the power of Google's, FISA beholden, information collection abilities, and you have an all-star of state sponsored information gathering!
  • I am not impressed with the Google devices. I have both the Nexus 7 (2012) and the Nexus 4. At least the Nexus 4 is still a nice phone, but the Nexus 7 is just obsolete now. Both are out of support and out of security updates. Both devices look quite small nowadays: with phablets approaching 6" screens, a 7" tablet is kind of useless.

    And recently Google has turned up the price. The Chromebook is great, but overpriced, and the Pixel C is kind of ok, and also overpriced. So my prediction for the new tablet: k

    • Nexus 7 2012 was ... OK. Nexus 7 2013 was a huge improvement. I still have mine and use it daily. I was looking forward to a replacement in 2014 or 2015 but they brought out the Nexus 9 - which is too big for my jacket pocket - and wanted twice as much for it so I passed. If this new one is in the $250 range again, I might finally consider a replacement for my 2013 7.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I have the Nexus 7 second generation and its my favorite device. I have been using it almost daily. My ipad gathers dust, its useless but the nexus is fantastic. Easy to bring everywhere, and with a cover its about the size of a paperback. Any bigger and I would just use my laptop. Google doesnt need to support it, I add the updates I want, its rooted and with KDE Connect its an awesome device. Drag and Drop folders. I dont bother with google services either, I do my own.

      The only thing it is lacking is an S

      • The only thing it is lacking is an SD card. My phone will do 2 terabytes but my tablet is stuck at 32gb.

        I use my 2013 Nexus 7 daily and use the OTG cable [wikipedia.org] on a weekly basis (for backups and transferring large amount of data from USB flash drives).

        Also recently, I bought a 32G USB3/OTG combo drive [shopify.com] when it was on sale.

    • by AaronW ( 33736 )

      The Nexus 7 2013 is a totally different beast. The 2012 didn't have enough memory. I have both. I'm still using my 2013 running Marshmallow and it runs fine. My 2012 can't even boot after I installed Marshmallow on it.

    • To be honest, I don't get what you're complaining about. That a four year old tablet is no longer fast enough? Please. You gotta realize that the mobile technology in 2012 was nowhere near being as mature as the PC technology. A 2012 PC notebook is usually a perfectly usable device today. A 2012 smartphone or a tablet.. that's a big question mark.

      The 2013-2014 technology was a lot more mature by todays standards. A Nexus 5 from the late 2013 is still a perfectly usable device today, and still has a better S

    • Re: Not Impressed (Score:4, Interesting)

      by tap ( 18562 ) on Tuesday September 06, 2016 @10:16PM (#52838647) Homepage

      I'm posting this on my 2013 LTE Nexus 7. Tablet that's still small enough to fit in a pocket. Can run everything I use it for. Looked into replacements when the orientation sensor stopped working and there was nothing comparable on the market.

      Was able to fix the sensor by reseating a cable. Still running 4.4.4 due to horror stories of the 5 update on the LTE Nexus. Recently Google docs started crashing with an error in the logs from ART about some docs clipboard class failing compile time verification. Switching back to Dalvik fixed that, perhaps Google is now releasing apps that crash when using ART on KitKat?

  • If these rumored specs [knowyourmobile.com] are correct then the Pixel phone will be a winner. The same reasonable, non-phablet 5.5 inch size as the 5/5X with conservative improvements across the board. I don't care who builds it. It's all Google/Nexus to me as long as the updates are timely, the battery doesn't explode and the prices are reasonable. The rest of the Android world continues to be that same sad fail it's been since forever and I plan to continue ignoring it.

    • by ipb ( 569735 )

      >If these rumored specs are correct then the Pixel phone will be a winner.

      The specs may be good but who the heck wants a phone branded 'Pixel'?
      It sounds like it should be a childs toy or a Disney movie.

      Nexus is cool, Pixel is just lame.

  • My original Nexus7 is getting rather long in the tooth, and hasn't been updated since 5.1

    I've been waiting for a new, decent spec, sensibly priced, back-pocket-sized tablet for ages, so hopefully this will be it.

  • I don't want much, really, just a stock android phone that doesn't suck, is regularly updated and has a slot for a MicroSD card. Google's pushing cloud hard and it seems like they're going out of their way to discourage external storage. I could buy a Samsung device, but I hate Touchwiz and also hate having to install some buggy ROM image that fucks up the camera and bluetooth more often than not. It doesn't seem like there's a device out there that's everything I want and I really don't think I'm setting s
    • by Winckle ( 870180 ) <mark @ w i n c k l e . c o.uk> on Tuesday September 06, 2016 @05:36PM (#52837713) Homepage

      I don't want much, really, just a stock android phone that doesn't suck, is regularly updated and has a slot for a MicroSD card

      It's starting to feel like one of those "choose any two" thought experiments.

    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      Google's pushing cloud hard and it seems like they're going out of their way to discourage external storage.

      External storage is an annoyance - Android, by default, ships with nothing that can violate patents. No VFAT patents from Microsoft needed with stock Google image. No "rounded corners" issues from Apple with stock Google image.

      That's why neither Apple nor Microsoft sued Goiogle - they have no grounds because the stock defaults do not violate the patents. It's the OEMs who do, which is why Microsoft w

  • Really not seeing why Pixel wouldn't be the name to stop using.
  • I bought the 2012 N7, which I still have and which just last night I downgraded from 5.1 back to 4.4.4 - HUGE improvement. At $250 or less I'd pick one of these up.

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