Did Google just show us the new Nexus 7?

May 29, 2013
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Today Google shared some news and details about their ever expanding Street View project. Taking their cameras and eye-level views through parts of New York City that most might never be able to visit. Things like Central Park and the 9/11 Memorial. While we don't want to take anything away from them for that, we did notice an interesting device in their video.

There has been tons of talk and rumors around Google's next Nexus tablet to deliver Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. We've been hearing reports of a second-gen Nexus 7 for more than a few months, specs have leaked with ASUS attached as the manufacturer, but we really don't know at this point. This could just be a random device, of course, but it looks like an HTC-made Nexus tablet if you ask me.

Oh what we'd give for an HTC Nexus Tablet. The Nexus One is still one of my favorite devices to date, and something I wish I would have kept. What you see above was shown off and featured in a video released and published today by Google. The video highlights Street View in New York City, but at about 0:53 seconds in this new slate makes a cameo and has many readers all hot and bothered. Myself included. Take a peek below.

It's an interesting looking device, that's for sure. We really don't know what to think or believe at this point. A few weeks ago another random device was spotted in one of Google's videos that many thought was the new Nexus, so we'll just take this all with a grain of salt for now.

Previous reports have Google revealing the next version of Android on June 10th, and we could be seeing a brand new tablet at the same time. We'll let you guys all decide for yourself, but let us know what you think in the comment section below.


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  • Anonymous

    Looks like a larger version of the Nexus 4.

  • Captain_Doug

    Looks curvy. Not bad. Not much to go off of though.

  • catcher82611

    The battery and wifi icons are also green if you look closely at the bottom of the screen. Maybe it’s a hint at a new color scheme, or even key lime pie!

    • Cristian Ruiz

      I’m not so sure. Those icons, and especially the clock font look exactly like Honeycomb (3.0). Beginning with Android 4.1 Google also moved the clock and notifications from the bottom on tablets to the top. I don’t think they’re going to revert. My bet is this is some other cheap, pre-Jelly Bean tablet.

      I took some screenshots of the device up close, as well as of the guy holding it in other scenes.

      • digi_owl

        Seems to be a docking port right under the thumb on the first picture.

  • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M. Puente

    So are they going BACK to the Honeycomb layout?

  • Travis Carr

    It looks like one of the newer acer tablets… esp considering the old-style Tablet UI.

  • Christian

    This is just another tablet pre-Jelly Bean, since their is no top notification bar.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
  • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

    This appears to be the ZTE Optik
    http://www.zteusa.com/tablets/zte-optik.html

  • Jason Scofi

    holy BEZEL batman

  • titanium_man

    I see the typical Nexus LED indicator, and the Tablet doesnt have any branding on the front screen, so thats what you typically get with a Nexus device.

  • Dave Alderson

    That bezel is massive, I am not impressed.

    • htowngtr

      Bezel has to be decent on a small device else your fingers will be all over the sides of the screen.

      • Jillxz

        No it doesn’t. That bezel is waaay too much. It does not need to be that massive.

  • sourabh

    looks like a stretched version of HTC’s nexus one

  • GIJoseph

    Just talkin’ right out your ass here, eh?

  • McHale72

    Both of HTC’s previous tablets were unsupported pieces of junk.

    • htowngtr

      Considering this would be a “nexus” device I wouldn’t mind seeing HTC build it. I don’t think Asus necessarily makes great hardware.

  • Jillxz

    Hope this is not the Nexus 7 , but then I really don’t care as I don’t use the Nexus line of products.