Nexus 8 could be imminent as Nexus 7 goes out of stock

We have been hearing rumblings of a certain Nexus 8 for a while now, and for those unfamiliar, the Nexus 8 is said to be a new tablet from Google that is made by HTC. That being said, could we be getting closer to an official release? Well some have speculated that could be the case as the Nexus 7 on the Google Play Store has been listed as out of stock. The Google Play Stores affected by the out of stock status are both the US and UK stores, so we’re not sure if other Google Play Stores around the world are experiencing a similar shortage as well. However like we said, this has prompted speculation that this could mean that Google could be looking to launch the Nexus 8.

The Nexus 8 is believed to be Google’s bulked-up successor to the Nexus 7, and it could be just around the corner. The theory stems from the depletion of Google’s Nexus 7 on the Play Store: in the UK and US, at least, all models are now listed as out of stock. From the off, we’re donning on our “possible nonsense” caps. While a new Nexus 7 is due (the 2013 model was announced on July 24), we’re not convinced that Google would stop selling the current model to make way for it. After all, it sold the 2012 model alongside the updated 2013 tablet for some time. However, the fact this seems to be a global stock exhaustion on both LTE and Wi-FI model means we’re wearing out hats at an admittedly jaunty angle. Plus, the Nexus 10 has also been depleted for some time now. HTC is widely believed to be building the next Nexus (sorry Asus), which has been skulking around with the nickname “Volantis”. The tablet is rumoured to come flaunting an 8.9-inch display, Nvidia Tegra K1 processor and 2GB of RAM. But with Android L not expected to arrive until October, an imminent Nexus 8 would most likely come with Android 4.4 KitKat. We’ve asked Google if this, in fact, just a stock shortage. Stay tuned.

By Carl Durrek

Carl is a gaming fanatic, forever stuck on Reddit and all-around lover of food.

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