Google and HTC's new Nexus 9 tablet was not built to be an iPad Air 2 killer the company says, according to Engadget. Announced two weeks ago, the Nexus 9 certainly does a good job of at least being an alternative to Apple's all-conquering slate, but Google says the tablet is more of a guide device for other Android OEM's to take inspiration from.
Samsung's new(ish) relationship with Barnes & Noble has already resulted in one new product, the Nook powered Galaxy Tab 4. The union has now doubled its product range with the announcement of the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, a larger Nook/Galaxy slate that is as much full blown tablet as it is e-reader.
Two days after it launched the Google Nexus 9 tablet has landed on Amazon and is now available to purchase. The HTC built slate arrived on the online retail giant is offering the new Nexus at $400 for the lower 16GB version, or $480 if you opt for the 32GB variant.
With Android 5.0 Lollipop now ready to land at the end of the month on a slew of Google Nexus devices, other companies are confirming or reaffirming their plans for the software. The latest to detail its Lollipop plans is NVIDIA, with the company saying its Shield Tablet will be getting a lick of Android 5.0, although has not confirmed exactly when.
Google had a busy day today as it rolled out a new smartphone, tablet, operating system, and even a streaming box. The Nexus tablet range got an update in the form of a new form factor and a new manufacturing partner with Mountain View announcing the HTC built Nexus 9 slate. Like the new smartphone Nexus, the tablet shakes Google's product brand on its heads and in a way changes what we now expect from a Nexus device.
With the launch of a new Nexus smartphone and tablet just around the corner, we are hearing more and more about the upcoming devices. We have heard plenty about the Motorola built Nexus smartphone, but the HTC built Nexus 9 tablet has proved more of an enigma, with plenty of false reports creeping out. Of course then, we are taking this latest rumor with a pinch of salt until launch day on October 15th (Google's scheduled date).
Google is thought to be holding a launch event in a few weeks' time. The company will roll out Android L officially and will also debut some new Nexus devices. We have plenty recently about the Motorola built Nexus 6, but the Nexus 9 tablet has gone a little quiet, especially compared to the summer when it seemed the product was imminent.
Not everyone will be familiar with TESCO, a UK based retailer that started as a supermarket chain. However, the company is the second biggest retailer in the world behind Walmart and has branched out into consumer electronics. Last year the company's budget Hudl tablet caused a stir in the UK and Europe because of its decent quality and because it was very affordable.
One of the oddest niches is the one where tablets are given phone making capabilities. These are not phablets as they are just true slates that happen to have call functionality baked in. I can't imagine who buys these devices, but more and more companies seem to be exploring the idea and the latest is Chinese giant Huawei with its new Honor Tablet.
Over the last 15 years, no company has sold more PCs than HP and the brand is still considered among the biggest computer manufacturers in the world. Like many PC vendors, HP missed the boat with mobile, but with its coverage, market cachet, funds, and technological nous, HP should be a force in smartphone and tablets. The simple truth is though that it isn't doing well in mobile and the reason is products like the new HP Slate 17.