New sources describe Google’s plans for an HTC Nexus 9

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Rumors about an HTC-made Nexus 9 have been kicking around for months now, but it’s only been over the course of the past two or so when those rumors really started to come together and feel like they were describing a product that truly was going to launch. More recently, that momentum’s been helped out by the discovery of a growing body evidence pointing (at the very least) to HTC’s work on a new tablet. Today, The Wall Street Journal weighs-in on the rumors, as its sources describe why Google is supposedly going with HTC, rather than a more established tablet-maker like Samsung.

While a number of factors are offered, including HTC’s improved reputation in the light of the well-received (if less than wildly successful) One series, it almost sounds like Google’s primary interest in tapping HTC for this tablet was to deny Samsung a win that would hand the already powerful OEM even more clout in the Android sphere. Could this also be why there was no direct follow-up to the Nexus 10 (above)?

As for the Nexus 9 itself, the report is light on details, short of attempting to confirm the existence of the tablet in the first place. It also doesn’t provide much insight into launch plans, but last we heard, a mid-October announcement was looking plausible.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!