There has been a lot of back and forth between the Nexus program and the new Android Silver program, with some rumors saying Nexus is dead and others saying Google will kick off Android Silver in 2015 and give the Nexus another year to shine.
Most of the rumors consist of the Nexus 6 and the move away from that smartphone, but nobody has talked about the Nexus 8 and whether it will receive the same cancellation treatment. It appears the Nexus 8 will be announced soon, after sources found information in the Android source code.
Codenamed Flounder, the Nexus 8 will be coming with the next update to Android, likely to be announced at Google I/O next month. The update will bring a 64-bit version of Android to developers and a new method to log items on Android.
Last we heard, HTC was building the Nexus 8, which would be the direct successor to the Nexus 7. This would be the first time ASUS didn’t manufacture the smaller tablet, we expect this is due to poor performance in 2013 with the Nexus 7.
The Nexus 8 will come with Nvidia’s new Tegra K1 mobile processor. This was found in the Android source code and is rather unexpected, giving the previous leak on the Nexus 8 said it would run on an Intel mobile processor.
Stepping back to Nvidia is quite surprising, we expected Google to go with either Qualcomm or Intel, but it looks like they want to show off what a powerhouse the Tegra K1 is on mobile and how it can change gaming and graphics on a tablet.
Google I/O was disappointing last year for some viewers, even though Google announced a ton of new developer content, the only hardware shown off was the Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition, we are hoping for a little more first party hardware this year.