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Google has been releasing upgraded versions of their next generation handheld devices, whether it be the Nexus 5X or the Nexus 6P, the X and P differentiating them from their predecessors, the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6, respectively.

It’s around time that we hear more on Google’s famous Nexus tablets, for now, rumors have been flying around that Huawei has been signed up to work on the next Nexus 7, so far it’s being called the Nexus 7 (2016) but we can surely expect Google to come up with an alphabetic suffix similar to the ones it had for the Nexus 5 (2015) and the Nexus 6 (2015).


We’re expected to hear more about Google’s upcoming projects on the Google I/O 2016 Conference, expectations are to hear more about their work in Virtual Reality, on Android N, as well as Project Aura and Project Tango.

But if you’ve been up to date on handheld devices then you’ve definitely heard about Project Ara, the modular smartphone Google has been working on, as for what the Nexus 7 (2016) is going to hold for us, here’s what we know so far.

It’s probably going to run on the Snapdragon 810 unless some latest changes take place and the hardware gets upgraded to the Snapdragon 820 for a much higher processing power as well as a more advanced graphic chip. There’s been no confirmation so far and we can surely expect the Snapdragon 820 to be used since it has been out for quite a long time.

As for news on the software side of things, it’s quite possible that Android N, the rumored Android v7.0 may be the operating system upon which the Nexus devices function, Google has done a great job of keeping all of their devices up to date and fully optimized, we can surely expect them to keep doing their job and once again provide us with devices deserving the nexus logo.

Android has been adding new features on the software side of things quite regularly, with recent functionality in Android Marshmallow to turn off different features of the phone when it’s not in use, it has significantly increased battery life to up to three times the normal without affecting any of your regular activity, non-essential notifications are delayed and processing power is saved, Android has gotten better at determining which notifications are necessary and all immediate notifications are screened through Google’s walls to confirm that apps aren’t exploiting the “essential notification” tag to disturb while you’re busy.

Release date

There’s been no news nor any confirmation, there’s also sources saying that it’s HTC who’s been working with Google on the Nexus 7 (2016) and not Huawei and until Google makes some official announcement, we’re bound to keep hearing different rumors about their upcoming devices.

As for the announcement of a release date, we can expect Google to say something about their tablets in the Google I/O Conference 2016 on May 18th to May 20th, perhaps we’ll hear more about their plans for the Nexus 10 line along with their latest adventures in the various projects that Google has been working on.