HTC-made Nexus device shows up in Android source code

HTC logoThe upcoming bugfix release of Android, version 4.4.3, actually had a premade changelog pushed out to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). While there isn't too much exciting stuff going on in the minor update, the changelog does contain a few references to new devices that we haven't heard of before. XDA Portal has spotted a few lines of code that reference "device/htc/flounder/," a new Nexus device made by HTC.

Nexus devices are always named after fish in AOSP—the Nexus 5 is "Hammerhead," the Nexus 4 is "Mako," and the 2013 Nexus 7 is called "Razor." "Flounder" is a fish name we've not seen before, so it seems to be a new Nexus device.

The obvious question is "what kind of Nexus device could it be?" The Nexus 5 is only six months old, which would seem to rule out any kind of phone. The oldest Nexus devices are tablets—the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. The Nexus 10 is almost a year-and-a-half old, which in tech years makes it a dead product. The Nexus 7 was released in July of last year, so it's definitely due for an upgrade. The problem we see with an HTC-made tablet is that HTC doesn't really make tablets anymore. The last large devices produced by HTC were the 7" HTC Flyer and the 10" HTC Jetstream, both of which released in 2011 with Android 3.2.

HTC hasn't made a Nexus device since it built the very first model in the line, the Nexus One. The struggling company could certainly use all the help it can get—it just posted its third straight money-losing quarter, and its newest flagship wasn't particularly impressive.

There is also a second new device in the 4.4.3 code called "Molly," (also a fish) which, judging by the Marvel SoC and lots of media codec work, seems to be a set-top box. There's also a change that reads, "Enable double click on home to launch recent app switcher for Molly," which suggests that, whatever it is, it lacks a normal button layout. This device is most likely the box for Android TV, Google's reboot of its living room initiative, which was leaked a month ago.

Our best bet to hear more information about these devices is at Google I/O, which is only 46 days away.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Android, Google, HTC

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