Google Nexus tablet images leaked?

Is this the Google Nexus tablet? New images have leaked that could show what the flagship Android tablet looks like.

Is this the Google Nexus tablet ? New images have leaked that could show what the flagship Android tablet looks like.

The ever-reliable Pocketnow shows off the pictures of the tablet, complete with USB and SD card slot and Android apps.

How new these images are is unclear, as it includes a shortcut to the Android Market, which was rebranded to Google Play about a month ago.

The screen is filled with shortcuts to the built-in Android apps created by Google, with none of the extra apps that are often added by tablet manufacturers. That strongly suggests this is a tablet designed to show off the software in its pure unadulterated form, before manufacturers and networks slap a skin and extra apps all over it.

Those flagship devices bear the name Nexus to distinguish them from other Android phones and tablets. The first, the Nexus One , was branded as a Google phone, so Google has form at sticking its own logo on a device.

A Nexus phone leads each generation of Android. Last year's Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the flagship phone for version 4.0 of Android, known as Ice Cream Sandwich , while the Nexus S showed off version 2.3, Gingerbread.

The new tablet will also show off a new version of Android: probably Jelly Bean , or the following Key Lime Pie . Here's our guide to every version of Android so far .

Asus is set to be the manufacturer that builds the Nexus slate, and has proved its tablet chops with the excellent Transformer Prime . Asus won the gig despite Samsung's having built the last two Nexus phones and Motorola having been absorbed by Google. Google recently spent £7.6bn to buy Motorola , which built the only previous Android flagship tablet, the Motorola Xoom , the first tablet to show off Android version 3.0, Honeycomb.

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Image credit: Pocketnow

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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