We all expect a Nexus 8 tablet to launch at some stage this summer, and that is likely to mean curtains for the excellent Nexus 7 tablet. Here's why there won't be a Nexus 7 2014. (See also: The 25 best tablets of 2014: What's the best tablet in the UK right now?)
So, will there be an all-new Nexus 7 2014? Unlikely: the Nexus 8 is the 2014 Google tablet, made by a new manufacturer with new components and design. And that makes the Nexus 7 an unwanted relic of Google's past. (For more on the Nexus 8 see: Nexus 8 release date, price and specs: Nexus 8 prototype spotted, price revealed.)
Why the Nexus 8 means there won't be a Nexus 7 2014
The Nexus 8 is set to be Google's next new Android tablet and will follow on from the Nexus 7, which is still one of the best tablets around. Unlike the previous generations of Nexus tablets, the new Nexus 8 wasn't announced at Google I/O 2014. But all the usual rumour sources strongly suggest that we will have a Nexus 8 at some point this year, possibly at some stage in July. And seems to suggest that there won't be an all-new Nexus 7 for 2014. (See also: New Nexus 7 review: long-term test - still the best 7in Android tablet of 2014.)
But that doesn't mean that the Nexus 7 will become obsolete. The 2013 flavour Nexus 7 remains a great deal tablet: well built, nice to look at, and a top performer for a good price. But the strong rumours we have about the Nexus 8 suggest that it is more than a slightly larger 8in tablet with better specs.
For one thing, the word is that HTC rather than Asus will make the next Nexus tablet. It's also rumoured that Google will ditch Qualcomm and its reliable Snapdragon chips for Intel's Moorefield which is clocked at 2.33GHz and features a PowerVR G6430 GPU. That makes it even less likely that the Nexus 7 will get a new lick of paint from a spurned Asus and Qualcomm. We've heard that the new Nexus 8 will have a new aluminium design and - critically - a higher price. Both things that again suggest that Google won't want to undercut its own new product.
Indeed multiple reports cite a Google source from Ireland suggesting that Google will no longer sell a 7in tablet. After all an 8in Nexus 8 will closely rival devices such as the iPad mini, LG G Pad 8.3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. (See also: Nexus 7 vs new Nexus 7 2 comparison review: Which Nexus 7 should I buy?)
Exciting new non-Nexus 7 features rumoure for the Nexus 8 include two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects. One thing we do know for sure is that the Nexus 8 will arrive running a new version of Android, for now known only as Android L (aka Android Lollipop). Google will likely upgrade existing Nexus 7 tablets, but again will not want to cannabilise its own new product sales by selling cut-priced Android L-running Nexus 7 tablets. (See also: Android L vs iOS 8 comparison preview: Apple vs Google software showdown.)