Google punts KitKat-flavored Nexus tablet to 2014

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Historically, Google has used its damn-near-stock Nexus line of products to showcase what the latest snack-themed flavor of Android can do.

This strategy has successfully acclimated consumers, developers, and manufacturers to what the next chapter of the OS has to offer.

Surely, Mountain View would want to further boost its surging tablet market with a Nexus tablet optimized for all that KitKat brings to the table? Strangely, no—at least not yet.

When Google unveiled its second-generation Nexus 7 tablet in late August, it was optimized for the features of Android 4.3 (though the 7 has since become eligible for an upgrade to 4.4 KitKat, as has last year's Nexus 10).

KitKat and the Nexus 5 made their debut in October,
but no KitKat tablet was in sight.

When Google unveiled its latest OS in late October, many speculated that Mountain View would also debut the latest version of the KitKat-tailored Nexus 5 (to replace the Nexus 4) in addition to an updated Nexus tablet.

Well, we got the new operating system, the shnazzy new smartphone, but we didn't get the updated tablet.

A missed opportunity?

As we've seen with the premium smartphone market, after Nexus blazes the OS trail, other manufacturers take the lead by plastering their customized version of the OS on their devices. The strategy has helped Android becoming the world's leading smartphone OS. Though this paradigm has been somewhat disrupted by Google's acquisition of Motorola and movement into becoming a brand-name manufacturer.

That's why it's such a missed opportunity that we didn't get a tablet specifically designed to showcase all the cool new gems in KitKat. July 4th through Halloween is prime hardware-unveiling time in the run up to the Christmas buying season. Perhaps this silence means that there will be no new Nexus tablet at all?

Fear not, A Nexus tablet will be coming

Well, according to a flurry of recent leaks, it appears that there will indeed be a LG-produced Nexus tablet, but it (probably) won't be out before 2014.

Back in October, a mystery device, dubbed LG-V510 received a Bluetooth certification, which unveiled tantalizingly little else then its existence. Then last week a service manual for the LG-V510 was spotted in China and revealed that the device would be an 8.3-inch tablet with a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 2GB of RAM, a 5MP rear facing camera and 1.3MP front-shooter. All powered by 4600mAh battery.  

The device appears to share a lot with LG's somewhat lackluster G Pad (which happens to be the LG-V500). It should be noted that last year, LG released the decent Optimus G phone, which was basically the same as the LG-produced Nexus 4, which followed a month later.

Well, the V510 can now be safely said to be the next Nexus device as it has been tweeted by the reliable leaker, @evleaks who stated that the V510 would indeed be a Nexus device.

Powerful tiny tablets coming our way

As should be expected with any OS update, Google has thrown out some updates to fix bugs and misfires with KitKat as it makes its way out into the world. Still, it appears the company will punt official KitKat-tailored tablets into the next calendar year.

While we should note that nothing is officially confirmed, it's probably a save bet that this new Nexus tablet will  come KitKat-equipped. Indeed we should expect the bulkload of new Android tablets on the market to be KitKat flavored.

But also, keep a look out for a wave of capable low-cost Android tablets over the next year. Google has emphasized the tiny processor footprint of its new OS, thus making it an ideal device for the booming developing market.

When Googlerola unveiled the Moto G last month, the company made the bold claim that its software-based approach would make the low-cost G run faster than the full-sized Samsung Galaxy S4.

While we have yet to test those claims ourselves, should it prove accurate, Android-based hardware of all form factors should bet getting ready to do a lot more with a lot less.

This story, "Google punts KitKat-flavored Nexus tablet to 2014" was originally published by TechHive.

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