Google isn’t good with keeping things a secret. Earlier it was the Nexus 5 which was revealed in a video released by the company, being used by a Google employee himself, and now it seems like Google has unofficially unveiled an upcoming 8-inch tablet – Nexus 8.
On the Android website itself there’s a promotional photo that the company has used which features a lady using a tablet. The tablet in the photo doesn’t quite look like either of the Nexus 7 tablets, and it looks pretty smaller than the Nexus 10. This has sparked off speculations that Google might be working on an 8-inch tablet which is most likely to be called Nexus 8, going by the company’s current naming scheme.
So far we’ve seen Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 in the smartphone and tablet segment which belong to a series of naming conventions currently under use by Google. While Nexus 7 has received a refreshed update in 2013, Nexus 10 is yet to see that. Instead, Google might launch the Nexus 8 to combat other 8-inch tablets in the market.
From the looks of it the tablet looks a lot similar to LG’s G Pad which is an 8.3-inch Android based tablet. It would be interesting to see if Google goes with LG to manufacture the Nexus 8 rather than sticking to Asus which currently manufactures Nexus 7 for the company.
Motorola will launch a new smartphone titled Moto G on November 13. The company has launched a teaser site along with a post on Twitter inviting users to catch the live event online. Moto G is expected to be an affordable little brother to the Moto X. This will be Motorola’s second key launch, under Google, after the Moto X announcement. Moto X has been in the news for the ease of customization while ordering.
While the Moto X has only been limited to US smartphone buyers till now, the company is expected to break the regional barriers with the Moto G this time. That’s purely out of speculation since the invitation on Twitter greeted fans in around seven different languages.
The word on the street is that the Moto G is likely to include a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon SoC, supported by 8GB of internal memory and a 5MP primary camera. The specifications sound fairly moderate but then this is supposed to be a low budget smartphone. There’s still no word on software, but it’ll be surprising to not find Android 4.4 KitKat on the Moto G, with Google going quite vocal on how the latest edition of Android works best on even low-end devices.
Apart from the software, it’ll be interesting to see how Motorola decides to price the Moto G and which countries will get the new smartphone. We’ll bring you more on this after the launch.