For some time now, Google has been rumored to be replacing the Nexus 7 at some point this year with a new Android-based tablet, presumably called the Nexus 7 2.
Now with the withdrawal of the Nexus 7 official dock from the Google Play Store in the US speculations are rife that a Nexus 7 2 release date is drawing near.
The dock, that went on sale earlier this year, is showing a “not available” message, suggesting Google has decided to axe the accessory from sale. The Nexus 7 dock allows you to charge and use your Nexus 7 in an upright position — making it perfect for watching movies or using your device as a screen if you add a keyboard.
Last year, Google sprung its first Nexus branded tablet onto the world, a device that followed in the footsteps of the Nexus smartphones that came before it. That device was and is the Nexus 7, a 7-inch tablet that arrived shortly after the debut of the iPad 3 and several months ahead of Apple’s 7-inch tablet, the iPad mini.
The Nexus 7 2 didn’t launch at Google I/O in May, which came as a great disappointment to many.
Rumored specs for the Nexus 7 2 include a 7-inch 1080p display which is a massive upgrade over the previous 720p display on the Nexus 7, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset, rear-facing camera the next-generation Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or Key Lime Pie 5.0, of Android OS, Key Lime Pie, and a better battery
The Nexus 7 2 release date is scheduled for the summer, with July looking likely, according to sources. Price range for the device is likely to be anything between $149 and $199, although we wouldn’t be surprised if Google decided to take the price a notch higher than the $199 price tag that the Nexus 7 enjoys, seeing all the new improvements it has made.
Overall, we could be making too much of the dock being withdrawn. The dock was only introduced a few weeks ago, the fact that it’s already been withdrawn might not bode well for the future of the Nexus 7. The withdrawal could also mean that the dock will soon be defunct because the 2nd generation Nexus 7 is coming out in July, as many sources hope.
What do you think is the real reason for the withdrawal?