Google Nexus 7
The Google Nexus 7 was considered as the ideal Android tablet.

Working with an OS that's never quite matched the app support and productivity bent of the iPad, the Asus-made slate instead focused on what Android does best: provide a nice enough, fast enough, and much more affordable alternative, one that was entirely geared toward entertainment.

If the user wanted to browse the web or watch a movie, it was better than average and still a good bargain.

The Nexus 7 also has not been refreshed in three years. Now, though, a spiritual successor of sorts might be on the way.

According to tech reporter Evan Blass, who has a long history of accurately predicting upcoming gadgets, Google is set to launch a Huawei-made 7-inch tablet by the end of the year. There isn't much word on the device's feature set or cost, but Blass says it'll come with a fairly robust 4GB of RAM.

Google and Huawei has not issued any official statements on this matter. Not yet anyway.

This isn't the first anybody heard of a Huawei-made Google device arriving in 2016. Back in June, a rep from Huawei's South African group reportedly confirmed that the company had another Nexus machine coming this year, but at the time it wasn't clear if that'd be a phone or tablet. The Chinese firm previously partnered with Google on its Nexus 6P smartphone last year.

If the rumor is true, it'll be interesting to see how Google decides to brand the device. A few days ago, a report from Android Central claimed that Google plans to drop the "Nexus" name from its two forthcoming smartphones, which are now widely expected to be made by HTC.