It seems that Google has dropped the idea of manufacturing tablet. This means tablet lovers would not see Nexus 7 this year.
The reason behind this idea is that the tablet market is declining since 2015. In the last quarter of 2015, worldwide shipments reduced to 13.7 percent year-over-year. IDC notes that the first quarter of 2016 saw a decline of 14.7% year-over-year.
It is worth pointing out that Google didn’t release Nexus program since 2015. Nexus 7 was released in 2013 and Nexus 9 in 2014, but 2014 and 2015 didn’t see Nexus 7 tablet. However, rumours were pointed towards the launch otherwise.
Tech News Today is of the opinion that Google has come to a conclusion to scrap the idea of the Nexus tablet program and instead focus on smartphones only.
Nexus 9 was introduced by Google in collaboration with HTC and the display that it had received rave reviews by critics. Even though it did not help in increasing the target sales level that Google was anticipating.
When it comes tablet market, users doesn’t look up to HTC. Although ASUS and Google collaborated tablet Nexus 7 2013 was an excellent tablet. It was expected that both companies would collaborate again for Nexus 7 2014 or 2015 but it didn’t happen.
Christian Times claims that the Google has now partnered with Huawei for Nexus 7 project. But Technews Today argues that the post came from an unreliable source.
Speculations are strong that I/O 2016 conference would see Nexus smartphones. It is expected that Google would follow the tradition of introducing two Nexus smartphones rather than just one. Last year, the company unveiled the LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P, which were two solid all-rounder devices.
However, when it comes to tablet category, Google has already answered with introducing Google Pixel C, its first in-house tablet.