Nexus 7 Release Date, Specs, Features, News & Update: Huawei Backs Out, HTC Takes Over; Leaked Specs Revealed; More Details Here!

By Camille Travilla , Updated Nov 23, 2016 12:36 PM EST
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Fans have been giddy with Google's earlier statement of releasing their next device come Christmas 2016. A while back, there were already rumors circling around the web that the Taiwan-based phone manufacture, HTC, will produce Google Nexus 7 after their successful collaboration with Pixel and Pixel XL phones.

Google originally contracted Huawei to create Google Nexus 7 and release it this December 2016. According to reports, the Chinese company declined to do the job when Google did not allow the use of the former's logo. Although Huawei made the Nexus 6P for Google back in 2015, the Chinese phone manufacturer wanted to be recognized for their background work. Huawei's Consumer Business VP, Colin Giles, said that they are can no longer stay in the shadows of Google as a nameless contractor considering the amount of investment they put up in the development of Nexus 6P.

Huawei was still willing to continue the partnership with the search engine until Google decided to exclude the manufacturer's logo on the Google Nexus 7 release. Rumor has it that this is the same reason why the development of Pixel phones was awarded to HTC, although Huawei still expressed interest to partner with Google but as a phone manufacturer.

With these issues not cleared out yet, design, development and pre-production schedules are delayed. This resulted in Google's failure to make any announcements about Google Nexus 7. However, there are already leaks about the upcoming device's specs.

Google Nexus 7 is rumored to have a 7-inch Quad HD display with pressure sensitivity, Micro SD-XC support of up to 2TB, 4GB RAM and a 64 GB internal storage. Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and Adreno chips will provide Nexus 7's processing capabilities, according to reports. Although, if no developments were made yet, this may change considering the recent announcement of Snapdragon 835.

There were also talks of using Google's Andromeda OS for the next Google Nexus 7 but is unlikely since the Chrome OS and Android mash-up is designed for laptops. It appears that fans should look forward to the next developments.

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