Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 are all but confirmed by latest Chromium code

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I’ve been hesitant to put much credence in all of the recent rumors surrounding the next set of Nexus devices, since so many of these types of rumors either contradict each other or turn out to be fake. It’s practically impossible to know which are true.

That changes for me today.

This is because the Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 have both been mentioned by name – not by codename – in the latest Chromium source code. Chromium is oftentimes a source for leaked info on unreleased Nexus hardware and Chrome OS devices, and since Chromium is developed by Google, I’d say that this is pretty trustworthy.

Details on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 8 are scarce, but we can glean a few things from this:

  • Contrary to the rumors, it doesn’t look like the Nexus line will be cancelled anytime soon – or at least not this year.
  • Since the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 numbering scheme both corresponded roughly to screen size, the Nexus 6 will probably ship with a screen closer to 6 inches. Similarly, the Nexus 7 will probably get a boost up to around 8 inches.
  • It’s possible that the rumors about HTC building a Nexus 8 have some merit, after all.

These mentions in Chromium source code don’t reveal any actual details about these devices, except for their names. So this is all still speculation for the moment. However, since Chromium source code oftentimes does mention things like processor type, it’s definitely worth keeping an extra eye on Chromium for the near future.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.