Nexus 10 2 or as some prefer calling it, the Nexus 10 2014, has been in quite a lot of controversy lately. So far Google hasn’t revealed any plans about the alleged tablet but when has that ever stopped the rumour mill? According to the latest rumours, the upcoming Nexus 10 2 might be manufactured by HTC instead of ASUS or Samsung.
HTC and Google have had an on-again off-again relationship in the past. We know that HTC was the company to manufacture the first Nexus smartphone, the Nexus One, but speculation points to HTC declining to produce the Nexus 7 tablet when they were approached by Google.
“Industry sources” out of Taipei are reporting that Google has spoken with HTC again and that HTC has agreed to make the next generation Nexus 10 tablets for them. We are unsure exactly why Google has chosen to go with HTC rather than Samsung for a second round of 10 inch tablets. Especially since Google picked Asus two years in a row for the Nexus 7, which were both fairly successful tablets. If we were to speculate, perhaps Samsung turned down Google when asked to make the next generation of Nexus 10 tablets because of inadequate volume or even profit margin.
It has been 3 years since HTC has been in the tablet market. Back in 2011 HTC released a 7 inch tablet called the Flyer and later that year they came out with a 10 inch tablet called the Jetstream. Both of these tablets were criticized for their lack of unique features and a very poor pricing structure. They did include the HTC Scribe technology which was really cool if the tablets were paired with the HTC branded stylus. Then again, HTC thought it was a good idea to charge $80 extra dollars for the stylus, but not many customers agreed with them.
When I heard about this rumor, the first thing that came to mind was front-facing speakers. This is a feature that separates the HTC One from almost all other Android smartphones on the market. The question is, will Google let HTC have that much influence on the new Nexus 10 2? Will Google even want their tablet to have front-facing speakers? We have a lot of questions that will only be answered in time.
If this turns out to be true, are you excited about the idea of an HTC branded Nexus 10 tablet?