Google Signs Up HTC For Nexus 9, Might Launch It With Android L
For all the Nexus lovers who have been deprived of any updates, our rumors regarding the hardware makers of the upcoming Nexus tablet have come true. The tech giant Google has finally settled on a manufacturer for the Nexus 9 — HTC.
HTC has roots dug deep into the smartphone market, where its flagship “One” smartphones have even been declared as the best Android smartphones. But when it comes to other devices, the company is not very stable. After suffering loss from its Flyer tablet in 2011, HTC had taken a step back from exploring into other options and focused mainly on the smartphones line.
Thus, Google’s decision to collaborate with HTC for the Nexus 9 Tablet sounds a little odd. However, before questioning Google, we come to realize this decision is actually a confirmation of Google’s policy to expand its business partners’ base instead of propagating monopoly of just one company. Google has already shaken hands with LG, Asus, Samsung in the past, and even HTC once in 2010 with the manufacture of Nexus One.
Though HTC has been receiving positive responses regarding its flagship phones, it has still been struggling while competing against companies like Samsung which are more stable at the foundation. Another reason why Google might be choosing HTC is because Samsung, although a partner for Nexus 10, is a potential threat as it is also an Android maker and Google would want to stay on top of that list.
Moreover, apart from the partnership, the launch of the tablet is apparently around the corner. First reported by The Verge, Nexus 9 might be made public along with the launch of the new version of Android – Android L, which is expected this fall. NVIDIA had first mentioned of a new device in a legal filing against its rival Qualcomm, in which the tablet was reported to be released by the end of Q3 of 2014. If this is true, then the Nexus 9 will be the first device to be running Android L on release.
To remind you of the features of the tablet:
The Nexus 9 is said to incorporate an 8.9-inch display encased in an aluminum body shell measuring 8.91″x5.98″x0.31″ and weighing at 418 grams. One glance at the device and it bears striking resemblances with LG’s Nexus 5 and ASUS’ 2013 Nexus 7.
The display will support a native resolution of 2048×1440 with 281 pixels per inch. The Tablet will be powered by NVIDIA Tegra K1 Logan 64-bit processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB internal storage with stereo front-facing speakers.
Makes you drool, no? However, there is some talk that this might be the last Nexus product, after which Google will shift its focus on the Android Silver initiative.