UPDATED: Is that a Nexus 8 on Google's Android site?


— 9:09 AM on November 4, 2013

Ooh. So, this has been making the rounds on gadget sites over the weekend, and there may be something to it. Check out this image from the Apps & Entertainment page of the newly updated Android website:

 

I don't recall there being a thin-bezeled tablet like that in Google's lineup. Do you?

It's only been about three months since Google's second-gen Nexus 7 came out, so I'd be surprised if this were a replacement for it. More likely, the guys at sites like Gizmodo are right, and this is a possibly unannounced Nexus 8 that somehow slipped into the Android 4.4 marketing materials. Stranger things have happened.

A Nexus 8 may seem redundant next to the Nexus 7, but it could help Google better compete with Apple's updated iPad mini lineup. Last month, Apple announced the $399 iPad mini with Retina display, a smaller version of its iPad Air tablet with the same 2048x1536 display and A7 chip. The company also cut the price of the original iPad mini from $329 to $299. Both versions of the iPad mini have (gasp!) uber-thin bezels just like the device pictured above.

Update 10:02 PM: Google has edited the image to make the tablet in the woman's hand look like a Nexus 7. The width of the device seems off, though.

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