Google Reportedly Considering HTC Partnership for Nexus 8
Although ASUS and Google have been good friends in regards to their partnership involving the first two generations of the Nexus 7, Google may be looking elsewhere for its new tablet. According to sources within the supply chain, Google is considering a partnership with HTC for its new Nexus 8 tablet that is rumored to be released during the third quarter of this year. The change in partners for Google is due to the technology giant considering a new design for the Nexus 8, along with ASUS not being as aggressive with the next generation Nexus tablet due to partnership restrictions put in place by Google.
According to the sources, Google approached HTC prior to its cooperation with ASUS in order to push the Nexus 7, but was denied partnership due to HTC attempting at the time to build its smartphone business.