In spite of a handful of technical problems with the Nexus 6P, it seems Google may be giving Huawei another chance to prove itself as part of the Nexus program, this time with a new edition of the Nexus 7 tablet, if brand new rumours are to be believed.
The word comes via AndroidHeadlines, which claims the new tablet will be launched next year as a Nexus 7 (2016), and it'll be made by Huawei. Of course, it's worth pointing out that the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P were rumoured as the Nexus 5 (2015) and Nexus 6 (2015) respectively, but Google seems to have changed its naming convention. We discovered via the comments of Google engineers post-launch that the 'X' and 'P' monikers were very deliberately chosen to signify the place of each device in the Nexus range ('X' being the core of the 'Nexus' brand, and 'P' being 'Premium'), so it seems quite likely to us that Google will come up with something similar for the 2016 Nexus 7 edition.
The original Nexus 7 set the tablet market alight and jump-started consumer interest in more affordable tablet solutions. The Nexus 7 proved that you didn’t need to spend BIG BUCKS to get a decent tablet experience and, because it launched the same year as the awesome Nexus 4, the slate did an excellent job of promoting the virtues of going pure Android with a Nexus device, giving users a choice of both tablet and smartphone.
Amazon and a whole host of other firms followed suit, but it was the Nexus 7 that predominantly stole the hearts and minds of consumers. It was deadly cheap and packed with great specs and hardware. I remember testing it in 2012 and being blown away by just how good it was — it ran Max Payne without breaking sweat and stock Android looked simply sublime running on its large 7in display. The Nexus 7 was the first Android tablet I ever fell in love with.
AH's source claims the project is "already on the way" and may be launched at 2016's Google I/O conference, which would probably be somewhere between June-August if previous years are any indicator.
Sadly there's not much more to go on at the moment, but we can make a few educated guesses. For starters it will, of course, feature a 7in display (thanks Captain Obvious), and it'll likely be either the debut device or one of several devices running a fresh new build of Android; we'd be looking at Android N by this point, and while the version numbers are less predictable it could well be Android 7.0. As for the confectionary name? Nougat? Nutella? Your guess is as good as ours.
We would hope, however, that Google does follow up on the also Huawei-made Nexus 6P with its premium metal build by offering something similar on the Nexus 7 (2016). Stay tuned as there's sure to be more rumours forthcoming and we'll update accordingly as and when.