The Google Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and Android L were at one point tipped to launch tomorrow, October 16, but with Apple holding its iPad event on said date, and big G keeping remarkably quiet about its much-discussed wares, we’d resigned ourselves to a late-October launch.
Imagine our surprise, then, upon hearing that the Google Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android L will launch on October 15. THAT’S TODAY, YOU MANIACS.
That’s the word according to Jay McGregor, freelance contributor for – among other places – Forbes, with credit going to “a source close to Google”.
According to the source, Google has decided against a “big reveal”, and will instead make the Nexus 6/Nexus 9/Android L announcement in a comparatively quiet blog post – that’s because it’s still putting the finishing touches to the latest version of its OS.
The Google Nexus 9 will supposedly be available to pre-order on October 17 (i.e. Friday this week), at $399 (16GB) and $499 (32GB), both with – somewhat surprisingly – “expandable memory”. The Nexus 9 release date will follow on November 3.
Google Nexus 9 specs will supposedly conform to recent rumours, including an 8.9in 2048 x 1440 display, 64-bit processor, and 8MP/3MP camera combo, all housed in a “brushed aluminium” frame – as opposed to all-metal.
We should also expect, we’re told, HTC's front-facing stereo BoomSound speakers, and a foldable “origami” case that doubles as a stand.
The Motorola-built Google Nexus 6 is mentioned, too, but there’s nothing specific about price or specs or availability here, nor is there any mention of Android L’s ETA for existing devices.
Assuming Jay’s source is on the proverbial money, we’ll scribble about the Nexus/Android L stuff just as soon as it happens later today.