Earlier this year it was rumored that the folks at Google are preparing a new Nexus-like program called Android Silver which would lead to the death of the Nexus family of devices. After a Google employee dismissed the rumor, new information about unannounced Nexus hardware has surfaced online.
Previous rumors have spoken about a new 8.9-inch tablet, unofficially called Nexus 9, which is reportedly manufactured by HTC. If the reports are to believed, the Nexus 9 will sport an 8.9-inch screen, 64-bit enabled Tegra K1 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 8 MP primary camera, and “aluminium zero-gap” construction. Well, the HTC Flounder is making the headlines again, this time after it got WiFi certification.
This is the second time in a week’s time that we have confirmation about a HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet, so we are beginning to believe it’s going to happen. Anyway, if the rumors regarding the Nexus 9 specs prove accurate, expect the new tablet to be priced higher than the Nexus 7.
The latest “proof” confirming the existence of the Nexus 9 (aka HTC Flounder) arrives from a WiFi Alliance certificate. The listing reveals an HTC tablet with model number 0P8210000. Furthermore, the listing shows that the said device is running Android L, while the firmware version is labeled as aosp_flounder. The Flounder codename checks out with Google’s history of naming their Nexus devices after sea creatures, as flounder are a group of flatfish species.
Anyway, there’s no way to verify the veracity of the report, so we are advising you to take it with a pinch of salt. After all, nothing is official until Google says so.
The Nexus 9 tablet and the highly-anticipated Nexus 6 smartphone are both expected to run Android L (or whatever Google decides to call the new Android release) out of the box. Most sources seem to indicate that both devices and the new Android L will be officially introduced latter this fall, sometime around Halloween. Are you excited? Please let us know in comments.