Asus Nexus 10 Rumors Swirl
The Android 4.4 KitKat update and Nexus 5 may not be the only new Google products announced in the coming weeks as the company is now heavily rumored to be updating its Nexus 10 tablet with an Asus Nexus 10, a device that could arrive with Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5.
Last year, in November, Google announced not one, not two, not three but four new products ahead of the holiday shopping season. The first was the Nexus 4 smartphone that replaced the Galaxy Nexus. The second, the Nexus 7 HSPA+ that arrived to help compete against the iPad mini. The third, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an incremental Android update that is still rolling out to devices across the globe. And finally fourth, a full-sized tablet called the Nexus 10, a device that Google pushed as an iPad competitor.
Google typically replaces its Nexus devices year-after-year, and already, we’ve seen the Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 7 LTE come to replace the original Nexus 7. We’ve also seen Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4 KitKat come to replace Android 4.2. Earlier this month, Google discontinued the Nexus 4, a sign that the rumored Nexus 5 is on the way, leaving the Nexus 10 as the only product from last November still on the Google Play Store. And it likely won’t be there for long.
At Google’s Nexus 7 launch event, Android head Sundar Pichai confirmed the company would be releasing a sequel to the Nexus 10 at some point in the “near future.” Rumors have suggested that this is indeed the case and have pointed to Nexus 7 maker Asus as the manufacturer. The original Nexus 10 was made by Samsung.
Yesterday, we saw a screenshot make the rounds, suggesting that Asus would be making the new Nexus 10 2013 and that the price would be higher than its predecessor. Today, thanks to Android Central, another screenshot from a retailer’s inventory is circling around, again pointing to Asus as the manufacturer and again pointing to a price jump.
The screenshot comes from UK retailer Currys and it suggests that there will be an Asus Nexus 10 and that it will be price at £349.99, same price that the other leak alluded to. The current Nexus 10 retails for £319. Google upped the pricing on the Nexus 7 with the Nexus 7 2013 so it would not be surprising to see a price jump for its other Nexus tablet.
We still aren’t exactly sure when Google is planning to announce the device though rumors suggest that Google could be taking the stage on October 14th to reveal Android 4.4 KitKat and a new Nexus 5 smartphone. Given that the company announced the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 HSPA+, Android 4.2 and the Nexus 10 together last year, it could be that we see this year’s end-of-the-year Nexus announcement consist of a Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat and an Asus Nexus 10.