The rumor that Google has entrusted HTC with their next Nexus tablet has been confirmed by xda-developers as they dug deep into the Android 4.4.3 MR2 change list. Earlier, Myce discovered about the new Nexus tablet codenamed as “Flounder” in the Chromium issue tracker. Google uses fish names (Manta, Tuna, Hammerhead) for its Nexus range and therefore they suspected that “Flounder” must be Nexus 8/9 and they were bang on target. This does not come as a surprise since earlier leaks suggested that Google is  looking to get a “high-end tablet” in the market this summer and who better than the HTC to add a premium touch to its Nexus line-up.

HTC-Tablet Concept

The following codes unearthed from xda-developers show that Flounder is indeed developed by HTC.

project device/htc/flounder/
f6f0fe7 flounder: fix KGDB port
d9a03bc flounder: take out conservative cpufreq governor a.o. extraneous stuff
091c1c1 flounder: add Power HAL
project device/htc/flounder-kernel/
6090a06 flounder: update kernel prebuilt

Another interesting information was also unearthed by xda-developers which leads to another code-name “Molly” which might end up being a Nexus device (probably Nexus 6). The manufacturer of the device is still unclear as the codes below mention just Google.

project device/google/molly/
60f0dd6 molly: keystore: add keystore hal
1dcb7b7 molly: correcting too wide permissions for certain devnodes
eadd23b molly: set permissions for nvhost-msenc

Google is expected to unveil the HTC made Nexus 9/ Nexus this summer along with the new version of Android OS, 4.5. As far as the rumors point, the Nexus phone might be manufactured by LG and might get a release date in the fall.

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