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Nexus 9 Updated to Android 5.0.2, Lagging Behind other Nexus Devices


News by Luke Jones on Wednesday May 06, 2015.

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The Nexus 9 is a solid tablet and is almost brand new, launched in November 2014 it is the best slate carrying Google's Nexus branding (even if we do like the Nexus 7 too). As a Nexus handset running stock Android, and being so new, we would have thought the Nexus 9 would be right at the top of the list to get new updates.

However, while the Nexus 6 smartphone launched at the same time is getting all the Lollipop love, the Nexus 9 is still lagging behind. Other Nexus devices like the 7 and 10 tablets are already rocking Android 5.1.1, the Nexus 9 is only now receiving the update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. We are not sure why that is, but this is a minor upgrade that weighs just 23.3MB and is essentially doing some house cleaning.

Some are speculating that the NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip powering the tablet is causing problems in terms of upgrading to newer Android versions. It is more likely however that the HTC made Nexus 9 is merely passing through Android 5.0.2 on its way to Android 5.1.1.

Under the hood there is a 2.3GHz NVIDIA K1, which of course offers 64-bit support and is among the best mobile chips on the market. Surprisingly Google and HTC opted for just 2GB of RAM when most rumors pointed to 3GB, a far cry from the early reports this year (albeit false) that suggested 5GB of RAM. Elsewhere it has an 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, BSI and f/2.4 aperture; a 1.6MP selfie camera; dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; and a 6,700mAh battery.

 
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