WSJ: HTC engineers have been meeting with Google to discuss Nexus 9

WSJ: HTC engineers have been meeting with Google to discuss Nexus 9
HTC is holding an event on October 8th that is expected to yield an action camera, and possibly a selfie-centric handset. There has been further talk that on October 16th, the manufacturer will unveil the Nexus 9. The tablet is expected to offer a 9 inch screen (natch!) and be driven by a Tegra K1 processor. While nothing close to official has been uttered by either firm, the Wall Street Journal is reporting on Monday that the Nexus 9 has given HTC personnel a reason to turn back to tablets, after past failures with the device.

People familiar with Google's plans say that HTC engineers have been meeting with their counterparts at Google in order to design the tablet. The HTC Flyer was such a flop, that in October 2012 HTC said that it was done making slates for the U.S. market. One source said that Google picked HTC for the honor to build the Nexus 9 so as to prevent one company from having a monopoly. The source added that Google has been eyeing HTC for this project since last year, when the HTC One smartphone grabbed solid reviews for its design. And Google was apparently impressed when HTC topped itself with the HTC One (M8) this year.

HTC needs success with the Nexus 9 in order to grab revenue from new products. There are conflicting rumors about an HTC smartwatch in the works for next year. The last Nexus device it built, the Nexus One handset, also kicked off the line and was well-received. While Google wouldn't confirm that HTC is getting the nod to build the Nexus 9, it did hint that it could be built by a company that has gone a few years without being involved in the series. A Google spokesman said, "Android is a vibrant ecosystem, and many of the industry players are doing very well. There’s room for many partners to do well and to innovate with Android."

source: WSJ

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20 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I can bet the design will be a killer.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Why don't companies understand that there is so much demand for the Nexus line? How many release day sell outs do they have to see before they actually make a completely high end nexus device. I don't mean the half ass GPE Galaxy S5 and all, but like a solid Nexus 4/5 style phone with everything top notch. The nexus 4 had no LTE and a bad camera, the nexus 5 had an okay camera and okay build materials. Why not just up those two as well and see how well it goes?

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Because Nexus devices are built towards dev. in minds and not general consumers. Also, price plays an important role here.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Show a Nexus 5 and the half ass GPE Galaxy S5 to your friends and other peoples and ask them which do they prefer. Trust me, the result will be shocking and disappointing, most of them will prefer the half ass GPE Galaxy S5 because of the brand name "Samsung". Let's face it already, the market is cursed.

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

What about the Nexus 5 is better than the GS5? Hmm... I understand that the Nexus 5 is cheaper, but what else?

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't think you people get it, by half ass I meant following Google design guidelines and not just releasing AOSP roms for it (includes button layout, shape, optimizations, etc). Price does play a big part in it but once again, not everything in that phone was top of the line, if it was it could easily be priced higher. Also, the demand is there because the dev community as well as people aware of what the Nexus line is is a pretty large market now, probably numbering in the millions. Yet Google is the only one targeting that market.

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Trolling and jelly again? Its clear that nexus 5 has a price advantage, but other than that GS5 is worth the extra money, especially without touchwiz. A better camera, better display, much better battery life, better customer support, that explains the extra cost. And what is "half ass GPE"?

14. S.M.Talha

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Yes you are right nexus 5 is great for the price it has got.Now if you say nexus 7 then it is something to compare.Nexus 5 is just as moto g or moto e,providing great specs for low price.

16. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Why are we even comparing the Nexus 5 to the GS5? They are from different generations. You would compare the GS5 to the upcoming Nexus 6(X). My guess is that the new Nexus will be better than the GS5.

18. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Tell that to comment#4.

6. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

They should set an example with a 64bit 1440p 4000mah, 13mp OIS, microsd Nexus X. P: That'll show those OEM's what people want. Or just make one for me.

8. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Long hair don't care! Just release the Nexus 6 already!

9. hekoheko

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 28, 2014

If this doesn't have 4:3 aspect ratio----> iPad Air 2 it is then.

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I hope they price it right in countries outside US. Tech giants should know that there is a world outside US.

12. S.M.Talha

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

I am looking forward to project ara.It has been said in wikipedia(i think) that they will sell basic smartphone for 50$(smallest size) and each piece is supposed to be priced $15. So we can make any type of phone we want with the money we got.

15. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

project ara is going to fail hard. 1)Everyone likes a cohesive design, not a Lego put together phone. This is like a steam punk dillusion or something. Or tech punk, whatever. 2) Plus the hardware will be cumbersome, take about a decade to succeed, which it will die before then. 3) As complicated as mobile miniature circuitboards are now a days, it cannot be replicated in a piece it together yourself format, so ara will always fall short in hardware. Theres transistors and resistors and the battery will always be where the battery is and the cpu where the cpu is and the camera where the camera is. 4) Even if it managed to do that, it will never appeal to an audience above 100,000, because lets face it, if the people smart enough to find this piece it together phone style appealing, they would opt for a big name flagship that already has the top of the line pieces, pieced together, All of them, without compromise. 5) it's flawed in the business sense. It will not make enough money to innovate.

19. S.M.Talha

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

I know that too but you cant say about it on the basis of what you have seen now.I my self dont like the way it looks now.But who knows how will it finally look like.Maybe they do some modification in it?

13. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

I have a feeling this is gonna change the tablet industry like the Nexus 7....

17. newbey123

Posts: 700; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Awesome, been waiting for the day Google and HTC release this beast. Been waiting for a tablet worth buy was released and didn't want and apple. Hurry up and release it.

20. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Just price it well outside U.S. Moto is doing justice to the price bracket ,hope HTC does the same.

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