Last we heard about it, the manufacturer of the third-generation Google Nexus 7 was supposed to be chosen between Asus, LG and HTC.
Google is, unsurprisingly, quiet about all this at the moment. But Asus isn’t. The company’s CEO, Jerry Shen, has reportedly declared that they “still have a very good chance at making the Nexus 7 next year.” Most probably, this means that not even Google knows who it will choose.
Asus expects to sell 12 million tablets this year, including Nexus 7 units. Next year, the Taiwanese company plans to sell 12 million units of its own-branded tablets only. Jerry Shen said that sales of Asus-branded tablets would surpass sales of Nexus 7 models by the end of this quarter.
As for smartphones, Asus hopes to sell at least 5 million units in 2014. One of the new smartphones that the company will introduce next year is the MeMOFone, expected to be announced at CES in January. The MeMOFone should feature a 5 inch Full HD display and, hopefully, the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.
Asus is – as we all know – the maker of Google’s original Nexus 7 (released in 2012) and Nexus 7 2013. Both are affordable tablets, the current model being sold for as low as $229 (16GB Wi-Fi-only version).