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A possible Nexus 7 successor was recently spotted in a Bluetooth SIG filing running Android 4.3, JellyBean.
The filing was dated for May 27 and the documentation does not clarify if this is a Nexus 7 as it lists the device plainly as the 7-inch tablet. It has similar features in comparison to the original version and goes by the model number ME370T.
This is actually the same model number of the first Nexus 7 which hints at a possible successor being in the works. The device in the filing is also running software version number JWR11, which appears to be an Android build. This is not a software version that is available on other Nexus devices. This same build has been in various server logs, according to Android Authority.
Android 4.3 was also seen running on a Nexus 4 at Thailand Mobile Expo. A user actually was able to film a video of the new camera interface.
The Nexus 7 2 could be released as early as July as parts for the device have already been rumored to have shipped.
A Taiwanese supplier of integrated circuitry for electronics known as Elan Microelectronics began shipping touchscreen controllers for the next generation Nexus 7 tab, according to an older report from DigiTimes.
Elan's revenues have increased in May and June thanks to these new Nexus 7 controllers. This information points to the device being manufactured in June in preparation for a July launch.
Other rumored specs for the device include a Snapdragon 600 processor and a 1920 x 1200 display. The price is expected to remain the same as the first generation.
The tablet was thought to have appeared in a recent promotional video for Google Hangouts. However, a Google representative confirmed to 9to5 Google that this was not any Nexus 7 model.