An interesting piece of information has been spotted on the Chrome Issue Tracker, which points to the possibility of a new Nexus device expected to be the HTC-built Nexus 8, codenamed “Flounder”.
The Chrome Issue Tracker is a collection site of crash reports, which interestingly also bears the name of the device the error occurred on. With this knowledge at hand, the people at MYCE spotted this bit of info :
Build fingerprint: ‘google/volantis/flounder:L/AAV36B/1156106:userdebug/dev-keys’
As reported on XDA Developers, the keyword here is “flounder”, which is the codename of the device that could be the successor to Nexus 7 or a future Nexus device in the works. In fact, the Nexus 7 itself was codenamed “flo” for the 2013 WiFi-only edition. Though it is not conclusive, the common notion is that the device is expected to be the HTC-developed Nexus 8.
The Nexus 8 is speculated to be a HTC premium tablet, sporting an 8-inch display with an 8.9-inch body frame. These dimensions do not add up to the that of the current Nexus tablet iterations, the Nexus 7 and 10, which hints at a possibility of termination of both those lines.