Google’s next Nexus 8 tablet
There are always rumours surrounding the next releases when it comes to technology, specifically tablets and phones. We all want the next new tablet and can’t wait to see what benefits the new hardware will bring us. Over the last few weeks the discussion has been focused on the next tablet from Google, will it follow the success of the last tablet, the Nexus 7?
Some of the most apparent rumors regarding the new tablet focus on the design, cameras and of course, the tablet’s operating system.
The New Design
As the name suggests, the Nexus 8 will be ever so slightly bigger than the 7, with an 8 inch screen. Ideal for those who want something more portable than the iPad whilst still getting as much screen space as possible. 8 inches means it’s a more direct competitor to the Samsung Note 8 and of course the iPad mini. The design has been said to have been inspired by the HTC One, with front facing speakers and an aluminium design making it heavier than the previous models.
The Operating System
The Nexus 8 is expected to be released between July and December of 2014 with most tech experts predicting it, as ever, will line up the the launch of the newest Android update, Android L. Some of the features you will be able to see in the Android L update
include a better integrated user experience with more features added to the bare bones of the operating system, a new keyboard and a new do not disturb function. The Android L is currently available to the public in its early developer release cycle to expect lots more updates regarding the OS hitting the tech blogs over the next few weeks.
The new Nexus tablet will see both the front and rear facing cameras be significantly improved, going from 5 megapixels to 8 megapixels for the rear facing camera and from 1.2 megapixels to 3 megapixels for the front facing camera. Rumors from the Wall Street Journal suggests that there will be an additional camera on the back with an array of special features new to many tablets, these include the ability to “capture precise three-dimensional images of objects”.
With the Nexus 8 being potentially released in the next few weeks, are you as excited as we are?