News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday February 06, 2014.
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HTC made the very first Nexus, but Google has chosen Samsung, LG, and ASUS to co-develop multiple Nexus devices without once returning to HTC. That may finally change later this year as HTC is rumored to be developing a "high-end model of the Google Nexus tablet line," according to a Taiwanese news outlet.
The Commercial Times reported that HTC had been selected by Google to design a tablet but HTC obviously refused to speak about the story. HTC has said previously that it would consider entering the tablet market only if it could find a way to differentiate itself from competitors. Being the manufacturing partner for Google's Nexus line might be one way to accomplish that goal. Google has used ASUS to build its Nexus 7 budget tablets and Samsung handled the hi-resolution Nexus 10 device, which did not receive a refresh in 2013. Perhaps the large screen would be the perfect opportunity for HTC to enter the high-end tablet market?
Tablets have been an incredibly difficult market for HTC. The Flyer and Jetstream released in 2011 performed so poorly that the company exited the market to focus on smartphones, an area that has been of a more pressing concern since that time. Chairwoman Cher Wang sounded resolute last year when saying that HTC would enter the tablet market once again, and this may be its first step.source: Focus Taiwan, via: CNET
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.