Nexus 8 rumors could be confirmed after a picture of a tablet appeared on the Google Android site that is larger than the Nexus 7 but smaller than the Nexus 10. Rumors seem to speculate that the device shown is a Nexus 8 that Google intends to launch, possibly alongside a refreshed Nexus 10 2. The Nexus 8 rumors have started following the earlier launch of the Nexus 5 along with Android 4.4 KitKat. The image in question has been taken down from the Google Android site and replaced with the Nexus 7, but the older image clearly is not the Nexus 7.
The Nexus 8 rumors reported by GottabeMobile point out that the woman holding the tablet while browsing the Google Play Store clearly shows a device with much thinner bezels on the sides and the top and bottom of the device compared to the Nexus 7. It is also not big enough to be the Nexus 10 because the woman in the image is able to hold it with only one hand with relative comfort. Unlike the Nexus 7 she is not able to fully wrap her fingers around the hold thing. On top of that it looks like the Nexus device the woman is holding lacks the front-facing camera found on the Nexus 7. This clearly distinguishes the device in question as a tablet that is not currently a part of the Google Nexus line. The side by side comparison picture with the Nexus 7 particularly illustrates the notable differences, the bezel are smaller, the screen takes up more space and has greater pixel density. Others say that this is a poorly photo shopped Nexus 7, which could also be possible.
This has led some to suggest that the device depicted could be a rumored Nexus 8, indicating that Google intends to release a device that can directly compete with the 8-inch iPad Mini 2. Gottabemobile also points out that this leak from Google is very likely purposeful, intended to get people talking about the Nexus 8 just like how a video showing a Google employee using the Nexus 5 next to the Nexus 4 at the Android 4.4 KitKat statue unveiling at the Google headquarters leaked. If you go to the Google Android site now, you can see that Google has swapped the rumored Nexus 8 out in favor of the Nexus 7 (2013) again. However the two pictures are noticeably different so this is some other device we are dealing with. Another similar "leak" happened when Eric Schmidt was stopped "accidentally" using the Moto X to make a phone call before its official launch.
The Nexus 8 rumors, if true would likely make the device fill an interesting niche in between the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. The Nexus 10 and most 10-inch tablets are too big to really carry around and use on public transport but fairly good for lounging on your bed and watch movies. The Nexus 7 is small and portable making it ideal to carry around and use on public transport but the screen isn't as comfortably sizable as it could be for the best experience with movies and games. A Nexus 8 tablet could be in a sweet spot that makes it ideal for both home usage and portable enough to be carried around on public transport. The main thing for the Nexus 8 will be ensuring that it can operate with one handed use.
If the Nexus 8 rumors are true, then the question is what specs could the new Google tablet have? One possible model for the Nexus 8 might be the LG G Pad 8.3, similar to how the LG G2 flagship formed the basis of the Nexus 5 design and specs. In that case we can expect the Nexus 8 to boast a 8.3-inch 1080p display and thin bezels at the very least. Adding some content to that rumor is the fact that an unknown LG device codenamed the "V510" passed through Bluetooth certification. The LG G Pad 8.3 was codenamed the "V500", so the "V510" could simply be a 4G LTE version of the LG G Pad 8.3 or it could be something else that LG is working on.
At this point it's too early to say if the Nexus 8 rumors are true or not, but consumers will recall this is very similar to how the Nexus 5 leaks and rumors first started. Google "accidentally" leaked the Nexus 5 through an official video placing it right next to a woman using the Nexus 4 so that users were able to clearly see that the two devices were not the same. Then when word started spreading Google swiftly took down the video which was more than enough to add fuel to the fire that the Nexus 5 existed. This appears to be a very similar situation with Google "accidentally" leaking the Nexus 8 on their official Google Android site, making it easy for users to compare it to the Nexus 7 and then swiftly taking it down once discovered allowing rumors to flow free. It is a cunning advertising strategy on Google's part and must save them a ton of money. It remains to be seen if the LG "V510" is the Nexus 8 or not, but it very well could be.
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