What is Google teasing for I/O 2014? A NEXUS 7 or 8 3D tablet? Video.
Francisco De Jesùs.
Rumors say, Google is developing a new 7-inch tablet that can capture 3-D images, and plans to produce about 4,000 of these prototypes beginning next month, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people briefed on the company's plans.
The device, which is part of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group 'Project Tango,' will have two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects, according to the Journal.
Google's Project Tango is a platform for Android phones and tablets designed to track the full 3-dimensional motion of the device as you hold it, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment around it.
The Project's flagship product, a prototype smartphone, released in February has similar sensors and is designed to create a three-dimensional map of its user's surroundings, the Journal said.
NEXUS 8 TABLET?
Other rumors say, Google is gearing up to take up production of 8-inch tablets (some rumors say 8.9-inch) at the expense of its Nexus 7 line.
Google has set up
its conference website and the header image shows a
Certainly, we can’t be sure this is the
upcoming Nexus 8 tablet, but there’s a big possibility it is. The image
doesn't really tell us much, except we’re dealing with a possible
8-incher with a relatively wide bezel.
Also visible in the
picture is at least one front-facing speaker. The header teases “Let’s
invent! Let’s geek out” and most interestingly “Let’s
break stuff. Let’s hack!” Our attention is definitely there.
The new Nexus 8 will no longer be manufactured by ASUS, as the Nexus 7
tablet. Instead, Google has taken up a collaboration with HTC, which the
search giant has been courting for a while now.
HTC has recognized the need to penetrate the slate market and this is
something lots of tablet fans have been hoping for.
The Nexus 8
tablet is expected to arrive with a price-tag a little above average,
something that would revolve around $299 / €214.
should come equipped with a 2K display and could be running the latest
Android 4.5 build, but this is still pure speculation at this point.
Back in March, HIS Technology’s Rhonda Alexandra claimed volume
production for the device was set to kickstart in June or August. She
also noted that the slate was expected to be a lower volume product, due
to the premium price tag.
During the same interview, she
mentioned that a 3rd generation Nexus 7 tablet was not out of the cards
yet. Actually, she claimed the product would arrive somewhere in 2014,
but so far they have no confirmation on actual contracts involving such
Anyway, putting all speculations apart, we will know for sure what’s what in a month’s time or so.
Those of you who have an interest in the Nexus 7 or 8, should mark the 25-26
June date in your calendar, because that’s when Google’s I/O 2014 event
is scheduled to take place.