Google will be using HTC for tablets, though, coming in the form of the Nexus 9, an 8.9 inch tablet that moves on from the work Google did with the Asus-made Nexus 7 and takes the tablet into a new generation for the search giant, making it thinner and yet larger, and incorporating a metal frame with a body that looks like it’ll be soft plastic made for the hands, with scratch-resistant glass on the front.
Inside the tablet, there’s a 64-bit processor — one of the first to grace an Android product — as well as 2GB RAM and coming with 16 and 32GB of storage, but no microSD slot, an omission that is pretty standard for a Google Nexus product.
The graphics chip has 192 cores in it, and it pairs with the main processor from Nvidia, with the Tegra K1 running at 2.3GHz, and there will even be cameras — LET THERE BE CAMERAS — with 8 megapixels on the back and 1.6 megapixels on the front. WiFi is running at 802.11ac, good news for people with fast WiFi at home, while Near-Field Communication and Bluetooth 4.1 are both included, as well.
Two BoomSound speakers are here, a key feature on HTC phones that brings two-front facing speakers to the front, as well as two microphones.
All of this sits under an 8.9 inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio and a fuller-than-Full HD resolution of 2048×1536.
No pricing yet, nor any word of availability, but we’ve seen the previous Nexus tablets here, so we can only imagine Google is but a few days away from telling us something local.
Both of these will run the next generation of Android, set to be called “Lollipop,” continuing the dessert inspired names Google uses for its operating systems as it makes its way through the alphabet.
Aside for some new cleaner designs as part of Google’s “Material Design,” Lollipop will link searches across multiple Android products, and even let you listen to songs or watch videos across them, remembering the point you left off.
Battery saving technology is also apparently included, boosting the life of all Android devices running Lollipop ever so slightly, and there’s more security too.
In the case of Lollipop, we should see it across lots of devices, and we already have confirmation that Nexus products from the past couple of years — the ones with numbers on the end of their names — should all be getting the new operating system soon.
Other major manufacturers should see the release as well — those of you with Samsung and Sony and HTC and LG phones, to name but a few — but we’ve yet to hear the timings of these, so assume they’re coming for most phones, but not for a couple of months at least.