Google Nexus 7
Michael Sundermeyer, of Google, demonstrates Google's new Chromecast device synching between a television and the new Nexus 7 tablet during a Google event at Dogpatch Studio in San Francisco, California, July 24, 2013. Reuters/Beck Diefenbach

Rumours suggest that the Google Nexus 7 2016 could be released before the year ends. The highly-anticipated device was set to be announced during the Pixel event where Google released two extraordinary smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL. However, the company chose to remain silent on the Nexus 7 2016 tablet.

Fans expect the device to be released in December that will make it the perfect holiday gift. As per Mobile & Apps, a leak in September confirmed that a Google Huawei-built 7 tablet is in the works and that it would be released in December. This was evidence enough that the said tablet is the Nexus 7 2016, though it won’t be called so.

Google has dropped its Nexus branding. Hence, the tablet may be called the Pixel 7. Nothing is official at this stage and fans will have to rely on rumours and speculations. Google may also choose to end its Nexus lines by releasing the Nexus 7 tablet as the last device of the line-up, writes TechAdvisor.

The Nexus 7 2016 device is reportedly being developed by Taiwanese consumer electronics group HTC. The company is excited to work with Google on the Pixel brand. The two have a long history together from making available the first commercial Android product, HTC Dream to the Nexus One.

Thus, when Google required an industry-leading partner, its obvious choice was HTC. The Google Nexus 7 2016 device is expected to run on Andromeda OS and not Nougat. It could come with 64GB internal storage, 4GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and Adreno 530 GPU.

The device may sport USB-C connectivity and a jumbo 5,100 mAh battery. Other features include a 7-inch Quad-HD pressure-sensitive display, microSD support with storage expandable up to 2TB and a 13MP rear camera.

Most of the online sources have mentioned same specs for the device. Stay tuned on IBT AU for more updates on the Google Nexus 7 2016.