A Google Hangouts commercial seems to show an updated Nexus 7


Normally, most of the product rumors come out before a company’s big announcement, which is why I was half expecting an updated ASUS Nexus 7 with a high-resolution display from Google I/O on Wednesday. Sadly, though, Google didn’t release any new Nexus devices, and instead showed off a stock Samsung Galaxy S4 and spent the rest of the time on mostly software products like the new Hangouts.

While the new Hangouts service is still more of a work in progress than a polished product, one of Google’s promotional videos for the service revealed something potentially interesting about the Nexus 7. In the video, a tablet looking almost exactly like the current Nexus 7 is shown, except this version has a notification light much like the one on the LG Nexus 4. This certainly isn’t a conclusive indication, but it doesn’t seem likely that Google would opt to photoshop a feature onto its tablet that isn’t really there.

Then again, the Nexus 4 used in the video is held upside down, and appears to be running the older Android Ice Cream Sandwich. As a result, it is quite possible that what appears to be an updated Nexus 7 in the film is just a fluke. Of course, I still think Google might update the Nexus 7 about a year after its release (July 13, 2012, for those who are curious), so I’m currently hoping that it could be released with Android 4.3 and the white Nexus 4.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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