The Nexus family of devices from Google has been pretty solid offerings in the past, and for sure Google is not going to quit the hardware market either. We now have heard whispers of an Intel-powered Nexus 8 that might arrive sometime later this year, although you can more or less classify this under the “rumors” section for now. DigiTimes are the ones behind this particular snippet, where according to one of their sources, which so happens to be part of the supply chain, Google could very well drop the 7” tablet that they have marketed in the past in favor of a new Nexus 8 for this year.
Could this be due to Google figuring out that the demand for the Nexus 7 this year would not be as strong as expected, considering how the 7” tablet market segment has become a whole lot competitive in recent times? I guess the solution of rolling out an 8” tablet instead might be just the right medicine, but only time will be able to tell. It also remains to be see, if this particular rumor pans out to be true, as to whether Asus will continue to manufacture tablets for Google, although if the answer is yes, they would need to change their manufacturing and production line to accommodate an 8” tablet.