The first Google device to run a 64-bit version of Android will be a tablet made by HTC. We’ve heard murmurs of the Nexus 9 before, but according to a Wall Street Journal report on Monday, HTC engineers have been flying to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View to work on the high-end tablet.
Back in June, [company]Google[/company] announced Android L, the next version of Android, which will be fully 64-bit capable. But there aren’t many 64-bit capable phones or tablets currently available for developers to test out their new apps, so it’s a reasonable assumption that Google is preparing a new Nexus reference device to coincide with the public launch of Android L.
The Nexus 9, based on previous rumors, leaked accessories, and court filings, will be running Nvidia’s 64-bit Tegra K1 processor and will be Google’s first 64-bit device. The first 64-bit Nexus won’t be a phone because [company]Qualcomm[/company] decided to make its mid-level processors 64-bit compatible before the high-end chips Google likes to stick in its Nexus devices.Nexus One ill-fated HTC Flyer fortunes sour nearly 1 million units in a quarter
But it’s likely that the Nexus 9, when it eventually goes on sale, will be more expensive than the $230 the Nexus 7 currently costs. It’s much more likely to replace the $400 Nexus 10, which is made by [company]Samsung[/company]. Leaks have hinted at a tablet with a 8.9-inch 2048 x 1440 screen, 2GB of RAM, and a Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. Note that that screen resolution has an aspect ratio of 4:3, which when considered in addition to rumored keyboard cases, suggests a productivity focus for Google’s next tablet, which is expected to be announced as early as next month.