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The HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet smiles for the camera

In case you didn’t believe the weeks of leaked information detailing the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet, an image of the device finally appeared thanks to @upleaks on Twitter. It’s just a picture of the slate’s backside, dominated by the Nexus branding, camera sensor, LED flash and a few odd-looking dimples; it looks very similar to the smaller Nexus 7 pictured above. Oh, and there’s that HTC logo as well, something we haven’t seen on a Nexus device since 2010.

The leaked image is just another piece of information in the long string of data surrounding the tablet. In a legal document, Nvidia itself said its Tegra K1 chip was expected to power the Nexus 9. And this past weekend, Android Police highlighted FCC documentation showing the device was tested and certified for wireless use.

Google’s Nexus 9 tablet will very likely be the showcase device for its Android L software due to the choice of chip. Normally a Nexus phone is used for that purpose, but all signs are pointing to a 32-bit chip inside the Nexus 6 handset and Android L is Google’s first 64-bit version of its mobile software. Nvidia’s Tegra K1 is 64-bit compatible and should take full advantage of the updated software.

3 Responses to “The HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet smiles for the camera”

  1. Mike Cerm

    Does Google have any plans to get developers to start developing for Android tablets? Most apps look TERRIBLE on anything bigger than a Nexus 7, because developers are just making phone apps that stretch to fill the screen. Even most of the apps in the “apps for tablets” section of the Play Store are terrible. With Android tablet sales outpacing iPad sales, you’d think developers would take notice, but they don’t seem to care at all. Android tablets have all the power they need to be great, and none of the software. How is a new Nexus tablet — in another, currently unsupported form factor (4:3) — going to change that?