HTC is set to produce Google’s Nexus 8 tablet

We've previously heard rumours about a larger 8in Nexus tablet in the pipeline, but the latest from the slate grapevine is that HTC will be manufacturing this larger model for Google.

According to DigiTimes (via TechRadar), the new model will be an 8in tablet, with HTC producing it rather than Asus (the firm that knocked up the current Nexus slate – which, at least according to DT's sources, is happy to concentrate on its own hardware fully, rather than Google's).

Those sources are the usual folks drawn from the manufacturing supply chain, who also reckon that the Nexus 8 will be unleashed in the third quarter of this year (so mid to late summer, most likely). We will, of course, hear an announcement about it before then – probably at Google I/O in June.

DigiTimes isn't always the most reliable of sources – tending to go for quantity over quality when it comes to rumour mongering – but we've heard quite a lot about the Nexus 8 now, and a switch of manufacturer wouldn't be the biggest surprise in the world. The site's suggestion that this round of Nexus tablets could be the last we see from Google, however, is certainly more of a surprise. Apparently Google reckons it's "job done" as far as showcasing what Android tablets can do...

Other rumours have suggested that the Nexus 8 could be Intel powered, and that the larger slate might be 8.9in rather than 8in.