Nexus 8 Release Date, Rumors: Nexus 7 Price Drop Hints at Google I/O 2014 Launch for Tablet?

The recent drop in Google Nexus 7 prices could be a sign that the speculated Nexus 8 is a reality.

Google’s current flagship tablet, the Nexus 7, is currently going for less on eBay. The 32GB model costs a whooping $80 cheaper, and is now available for only $189.99.

Given that Nexus 7 is considered to be one of the better tablets out there, the steep price drop seems rather suspicious, as it suggests that Google might be trying to clear stock.

An unannounced Father’s Day promotion aside, the price drop could also indicate that Google has a new tablet ready as replacement, and need to clear their current inventory to make way for the newer model.

Indeed, there have been rumors of a Nexus 8 for some time now. This supposed successor to the Nexus 7 is speculated to have a 64-bit architecture, a 8.9-inch QHD display, 3GB of RAM, and run on the upcoming Android 4.5 or 5.0 “Lollipop.”

The Nexus 8 is also rumored to be released sometime in the third quarter of 2014.

However, GottaBeMobile has suggested that Google might instead announce the Nexus 8 at the upcoming Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference.

This speculation builds on the rumor that there will be a Q3 release of the Nexus 8.

The Nexus 7 was only announced after Google I/O, however, so in the absence of any official confirmation, all release dates and announcements are purely speculative at this point.