Bit of an international story here, with words from New York being relayed to a publication in Taiwan, and fired back over here to the United Kindgoms of Liz Regina.
Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has reportedly confirmed it’s working on the Google Nexus 9, while promising that the device marks a “commitment” to future tablets.
HTC might seem like a strange choice for churning out the Google Nexus 9. Fellow Taiwanese manufacturer Asus handled the Google Nexus 7 in 2012 and 2013, and LG was tipped to grab the reins given its in-house display technology and whatnot.
Meanwhile, HTC had a pretty disastrous time with the Flyer in 2011, and pretty much retired from tablets thereafter.
But it’s worth remembering that Google and HTC have history. Specifically, HTC released the first-ever Android phone back in 2008, before Samsung came along and stole the spotlight.
According to Focus Taiwan, Jack Tong, President of HTC North Asia, told press in New York (where Double Exposure took place) that the Google Nexus 9 “represents ‘HTC's commitment’ to its return to the tablet market after three years of absence.”
Interestingly, the Google Nexus 9 is tipped to be a premium device, emphatically dropping Nexus’ historical wallet-friendliness in favour of top tier specs, including a 64-bit Tegra K1 processor and several gigabytes of RAM.
Google still isn’t saying anything official about the Android L/Nexus launch event, but history suggests it’ll be some time around Halloween.