Google Nexus 8 Release Imminent but Delayed Due to New Nexus 7 Stocks

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By Precious Silva | August 6, 2014 10:59 AM EST

The Nexus 8 has gained quite the attention following several sightings including one on a developer site listing it as Volantis. Hopefuls may have to stretch their patience even more as Google confirms restocking the Nexus 7. This may mean that the Nexus 8 release will be held off until the company has sold out the ideal number of Nexus 7 devices. 

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Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks about wearables during his keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco June 25, 2014.

Previously, sources said that the Nexus 8 tablet is just around the corner as more features emerge. However, a recent report by Tech Radar may change this. Google's spokesperson told Tech Radar that the company will be restocking the Nexus 7: "Sorry for the inconvenience. Nexus 7 will be back in stock in the Play store in the next few days, and is still available from a host of online and high street retailers." 

Looking at how tech players do it, new stocks for a previous or existing model may mean further delay with the upcoming hardware. The assumption that Google will soon release the Nexus 8 came from the idea that Nexus 7 has been listed as out of stock under US and UK Google Play Stores. 

The Nexus 8 has also been reportedly considered as the Nexus 9 and codenamed as Volantis. According to reports, Google plans on shifting to the 8 or 9-inch slate to avoid saturation from the 7-inch market. Nonetheless, a leaker website said that reported Nexus 8 maker, HTC, may be working on two other devices. 

Notorious tipster @evleaks, posted another hint saying: "Besides the T1 Volantis/Flounder/Nexus 9, HTC is developing two other tablets: the T7 and T12." 

HTC has not released additional details about what it has been working on. BGR did note that the company has not released an Android tablet since 2011. HTC may be planning on reviving its tablet line in order to complete fully with other tech giants like Samsung and Apple. Both companies have their tablet offerings aside from their smartphone flagships.

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Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks about wearables during his keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco June 25, 2014.
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