Well, it was hardly going to be Motorola now, amirite? A Taiwanese news report suggests that HTC will be following in the footsteps of ASUS and Samsung, delivering the next entry into the Nexus tablet line.
According to the piece, HTC won orders for a "high-end model of the Google Nexus tablet line" that will begin shipping "in the third quarter" of this year. If true, that's not a hell of a lot of development time, suggesting an incremental upgrade to Google's previous Nexus models rather than a full-on overhaul. It's also not clear yet whether or not HTC will be taking the reins on the 10-inch or 7-inch models (or indeed a different sized tablet altogether). But considering the roaring success that has been the 7-inch ASUS-built Nexus tablets, the 10-incher is more likely.
Should the rumours come to fruition, it's a bold move on Google's behalf. Though the HTC One smartphone was well received (as have many of HTC's pocketable mobile offerings), it has a ghastly track record when it comes to tablets. The stylus-packing HTC Flyer (pictured), for instance, was an utter flop. Playing it safe with a slightly-revised Nexus design wouldn't be a bad idea. [Focus Taiwan via TechRadar]