Google Nexus 7 2016 release date, specs: Next-gen tablet tipped to be renamed in order to fit Pixel brand

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Google has finally released two of their new flagship smartphones out of the gate the Pixel and Pixel XL, which were formerly called the HTC Nexus Sailfish and Marlin. However, it seems that the company is not finished yet. Part of this year’s loot from the company also includes a tablet which has been a frequent visitor in the rumor mill.

Dubbed as the new Google Nexus 7, the device may have a recycled name but it poses serious features that potential buyers might find appealing. Arguably, the most prominent in the pool of speculations is Google ditching the Android operating system for Andromeda, which is the marriage of Chrome and Android in one software.

Neurogadget laid out a couple of reasons as to why the tech company decided to reuse the name of its predecessor; however, it’s possible that it could also be renamed down the line. After all, code names are not really unusual as proven by their latest smartphone releases. In light of the Pixel brand possibly launching an entirely different era for Google’s devices, some rumors suggest that the Google Nexus 7 may even be named as the Nexus Pixel 7 just to tie everything together.

The tablet is tipped to be manufactured by HTC, similar to its touted Pixel cousins. A spokesperson for the Taiwanese consumer electronics group relayed that HTC sounds pretty happy with their partnership with Google as well as with their endeavors to continue the relationship moving forward.

“HTC is excited to work with Google to create the new Pixel smartphones,” the brand’s representative told PC Advisor UK. “Google and HTC have a long and storied history together, from developing the first commercially available Android product, the HTC Dream, and the first expectation-defying Nexus phone, the Nexus One, to HTC’s award-winning One and Desire smartphones running the latest and most innovative versions of Android. We’re proud that when Google needed an industry-leading partner for the Pixel, HTC was the clear answer.”

No official word yet regarding the release date or press launch of the Google Nexus 7 2016.