Nexus 9 finally is updated to Android 5.0.2; tablet is still well behind other Nexus tablets

Nexus 9 finally is updated to Android 5.0.2; tablet is still well behind other Nexus tablets
As the latest and arguably greatest of the tablets that carry the Nexus name, you might think that the HTC built Nexus 9 slate would have received an update for Android 5.1.1 along with the older Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 slabs. The Nexus 9 did receive an update today, but it only takes the device to Android 5.0.2. This is a very minor bug fix that weighs in at 23.3MB.

According to one theory, the NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC under the hood of the Nexus 9 is the reason why the tablet is treated like Google's illegitimate child. However, there is a possibility that the Android 5.0.2 update is a required pre-requisite for Android 5.1.1 and perhaps the Nexus 9 will be updated shortly to the latest build of Google's open source OS.

For those unfamiliar with the Nexus 9, the tablet features an 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 1536 x 2048. That works out to a pixel density of 288ppi. The NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset is under the hood. This is the 64-bit "Denver" variety with a dual-core 2.3GHz CPU and the Kepler DX1 GPU handling graphics. 2GB of RAM is on board and there is either 16GB or 32GB of native storage. Back and front-facing cameras weigh in at 8MP and 1.6MP, respectively. Keeping the lights on is a 6700mAh battery. There are two variations of the slab. One is Wi-Fi only and the other is Wi-Fi +4G LTE.

Will the Nexus 9 catch up with the other Nexus slates, or does the NVIDIA chip mean that the tablet will always be behind the others when it comes to updates?

source: DroidLife via AndroidAuthority

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Nexus 9
  • Display 8.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra K1, Dual-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32GB
  • Battery 6700 mAh



1. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Why you don't use NVIDIA. Go Intel or Qualcomm

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5814; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, and NVIDIA + HTC = worset combo for updates

4. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

The tegra 3 in the Nexus 7 still is being updated...

21. tokuzumi

Posts: 2004; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

It is still being updated, however, after the 5.0 update, the tablet is practically unusable. Pressing the power button? Wait 2+ seconds for it to wake up. Click home button? Same wait. The first gen Nexus 7 should have stayed at 4.4. While the second gen Nexus 7 runs much better, even it is starting to show its age.

5. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The Denver chipset is problematic, but the Shield tablet with the 32-bit K1 is getting updates just fine.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Look like the new Denver version of Tegra K1 from Nvidia is a real engineering challenge. So far, i did not hear much good things on it.

6. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

5.0.2? A reference device doesn't get the most recent update? WTF? Oh, I forgot. It's Lagdroid having TONS of problems with 64-bit.

11. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Watch out, we have a bad ass kernel developer here.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Seriously Google? Custom chip sets especially tegra don't mix well well with Android when it comes to updates.

9. gaming64 unregistered

Blame HTC

22. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

Why? motorola also had problems with nvidia chips

8. uchihakurtz

Posts: 429; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

"Nexus" #DrEvilMeme

10. gaming64 unregistered

This tablet is really nice though but I think it should have a lower price tag. I rather buy an iPad Air 2 that has the same specs but better screen and gaming experience.

12. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

I'm a total Android fanboy, but I too would rather have an Ipad.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

For tablet, I prefer Samsung Tablet with phone capability. 2015, my iPad 3 is long overdue for a new replacement so I will be getting an iPad with 2GB RAM. Prefer iPad Mini but will get iPad Air if iPad Mini hold on to 1GB model this year.

19. gaming64 unregistered

If you are looking for a new iPad, the 1st gen iPad Air is the best buy. Second gen has 2 GB, tri core processor and better screen but it also has shorther battery life and you will really feel fuzzy about the speaker vibrating the whole body because of the thinness.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I see. Look like have to do more research when apple release their new iPads. Thanks for the input.

13. torr310

Posts: 1728; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Even Nexus sucks now. No immediately update.

14. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Of course, we hope the Nexus 9 doesn't get bricked like the Nexus 7.2's were. Would just be more flat paper weights thanks to Google.

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2077; Member since: May 26, 2011

hahahaha nexus what?

16. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Hmm, I'm pretty happy with my Nexus 9, except for the headphone output, too noisy and not enough juice, my Xperia tablet S has more juice, I might just pick up a Z4 tab...

18. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

I am going to sell my Nexus 9, as soon as I can find something else I like. (and btw: I will never buy a tablet without microSD-slot ever again!)

23. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I just updated mine last night. Warning to Nexus 9 units, this OTA is tricky. It will update and reboot multiple times. Have to keep doing a lot of reboot to complete everything for some reason.

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