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Whatever happened to the Nexus 10 (2013)?

Many of us were holding our breath for the announcement of the new Nexus 10 to immediately follow the launch of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat way back in October 2013 at a launch event that never happened. Instead, we got a couple of random Google events that had nothing to do with either the Nexus 10 or the Nexus 5, but served to grease the tech press hype machine. Then the Nexus 5 silently appeared on the Play Store alone and months later we still have no indication that the Nexus 10 (2013) will ever appear. So what happened?

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This is the Nexus 10 (2013) as it appeared briefly in the Play Store in October 2013. / © Phone Arena

Google never actually confirmed any details of the Nexus 10. Everything we saw was leaked or shared from an ''insider''. Keep in mind though, that this can't be simply attributed to some fakes and fan renders doing the rounds and misleading everyone, even if the appearance of the Nexus 10 on the Play Store, along with full specs, was proved to be fake. It hasn't really been seen since, in real or fake form. Some people believe the Nexus 10 will never be released, and that Google will end the Nexus line in 2015. Others put faith in the recent rumors that the Nexus 10 (2013) will show its face at Mobile World Congress later this month. Then again, it was also rumored to appear at CES in Las Vegas in January. And between New Year's and CES. And in the last week of December. And for Christmas...

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This screengrab of the Nexus 10 in the Play Store was proven to be a fake. / © Phone Arena

If and when the new Nexus 10 ever appears, can it still even be called the 2013 edition? And will it have been built by Samsung, as the latest stories report? Or will LG wear the manufacturer partner crown? Perhaps Asus will sweep the Nexus tablet pool and cover all bases? And where does the rumored 8-inch Nexus 8 fit into all of this? The plain truth of the matter is: we have no idea. All the sites posting launch dates and ''insider'' information are just making this stuff up to get you to read the article. This is pretty obvious because for the 10-odd dates that I've seen come and go the Nexus 10 is still nowhere to found. I think that for every day that goes by with no new Nexus 10, it becomes ever more unlikely that we'll ever see it launched. So what does that mean for the rumored Nexus 8? 

Do you think the new Nexus 10 will appear at MWC? A separate launch event? Google I/O? Or never?


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  • Who is Google marketing these tablets to? From my experience, the only people who are served by such a large tablet are artists, and they're all buying surface pros as cheaper alternatives to the Cintiq due to the higher quality digitizer (the old Nexus 10 couldn't reliably detect pressure sensitivity or stylus angle- essential for drawing). Aside from that, I just can't see much mass market appeal to having such a large touch device.

    • The reason you only see 7" tablets is because they are good for when a person is on the move, like a commuters. The 10" are great for in home use. A 7" tablet is also good for people who have small phones like the iPhones. I have a Note 2 and the 7" is just not enough of a size difference from the phone so I'm loving the 10" size.

  • They may release a Google Play edition of Samsung's newest tablet.

    • I'm really looking forward to seeing where this Google/Samsung peace deal ends up. If Google back off on the hardware front (backed up by selling Motorola) and Samsung shelve the Tizen fork, and Google do more Play edition Samsung devices, it's a win/win for both of them. Let's just hope Google make Samsung charge a little less for the GPe devices!

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