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The tablet includes black, gold, and white colour options, brushed metal sides and what Google calls a “soft grip back.” Other specs listed by Google include an 8.9-inch IPS LCD (2048×1536), 6700 mAh battery, 8MP main camera, 1.6MP front camera, 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.3GHz processor, Kepler DX1 GPU, and HTC BoomSound front-facing speakers. The tablet will be available in 16GB and 32GB variants.

Nexus 9 Stories December 17, 2020

It may come as a surprise to hear that not every Android device with a good enough screen can play Netflix in HD. Two of Google’s older tablets, the Nexus 9 and the Pixel C, are no longer supported by Netflix, meaning movies and shows may no longer play in HD.

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Nexus 9 Stories January 31, 2017


Yesterday’s announcement of Android 7.1.2 revealed a small update, with bigger implications. In Google’s blog post, you may have noticed that the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are both not listed, and for good reason ─ Google is no longer pushing system updates to these devices.

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Nexus 9 Stories September 25, 2016


Google has new hardware to debut at its October 4th event, but as we’ve learned recently the most important part of the event may not lie in hardware, but in software. We now know that Google’s long-rumored Android/Chrome OS hybrid operating system is internally called “Andromeda,” but we’ve been doing some digging of our own over the last couple of days to see if we could learn more.

We don’t know if it will ever formally come to the almost two-year-old tablet, but we’ve heard that Google is testing the yet-to-be announced hybrid OS on the HTC-made Nexus 9…

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Nexus 9 Stories September 14, 2016

Amidst delays, Google confirms that Nougat for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE will be available ‘in the coming weeks’

It’s been a few weeks since Google made Nougat official, and in the time since the company hasn’t pushed the update to all Nexus devices. It took until last week for the Nexus 6P’s OTA to fully roll out, and we’re still waiting on updates for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE. Now the company has confirmed: we’re going to have to keep waiting…

Nexus 9 Stories August 3, 2016


Multi-tasking on Android has never been great and while it is getting some major improvements with Android Nougat, it still can’t beat a standard desktop OS. The goal of Jide’s Remix OS has always been to create an OS based on Android that does multi-tasking well, and after releasing the latest version last week, Remix OS 3.0 is now available for Google’s most recent tablets.

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Nexus 9 Stories April 27, 2016


There’s a reason that I suggested the iPad Air 2 as the “Android tablet” to buy last holiday season. The HTC-made Nexus 9, which was the successor to the much-more-successful Nexus 7 series, just wasn’t a great tablet. We thought it was probably the best way to get pure Android in tablet form when it launched, but consumers never loved it, I never loved it, and tablets as a whole have become less and less useful for the general population as smartphones have gotten bigger.

Now, the Nexus 9 has finally died a silent death in its disappearance from the Google Store…

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Nexus 9 Stories April 11, 2016

1. Nexus 10

In its next major release this summer, Android will finally add a multi-window mode for both tablets and phones. Jide is beating Google to release today with a fully featured version of Remix OS 2.0 for its Ultratablet and the Nexus 9 and 10. ROMs for the two Nexus tablets are available to download now.

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Nexus 9 Stories March 9, 2016


In a surprise move, Google announced today (as we told you earlier this morning) that the Android N developer preview is available for download. The simplest route is through the yet-to-be launched Android Beta Program, but as usual Google has also posted the factory images.

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Nexus 9 Stories February 16, 2016

google play for education

CRN reported over the weekend that Google is quietly shuttering its Google Play for Education program, and now we have confirmation of the plans via a statement made to TechCrunch. According to this statement, Google will no longer be selling Google Play for Education licenses effective March 31st of this year. That said, existing customers should not be seeing an interruption of services…

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Nexus 9 Stories February 9, 2016

Deal: HTC offering 40% off Nexus 9, free Logitech keyboard w/ 32GB LTE variant

HTC is today offering 40% off all variants of the Nexus 9 tablet, bringing its price down to $239.40 shipped (Reg. $399) for the lowest-end 16GB WiFi model. The Taiwanese company is also offering the highest-end 32GB LTE model for $359.40 shipped (Reg. $599), while also throwing in a free Logitech keyboard for the first 200 buyers…

Nexus 9 Stories February 1, 2016


Google has just posted the new factory images with February’s security patch for Nexus devices. The images are still based on Android 6.0.1, so don’t expect anything besides security fixes. There’s also a new factory image for the Pixel C…

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Nexus 9 Stories November 29, 2015

PSA: All Nexus 5X and 6P cases are 50% off on the Google Store

In addition to knocking $80 off all Nexus 5X models, the US Google Store is also discounting all cases for the latest Nexus devices by 50%. The discount is applied at checkout and covers the Nexus-branded Case and Folio, as well as those made by ADOPTED and Speck…

Nexus 9 Stories November 27, 2015


Black Friday is upon us, and that means deals galore. As we mentioned in our gameplan for Apple buyers, though, the biggest “don’t” of Black Friday is to actually go to a physical store. To keep you in the comfort of your home today, we’ve pulled together all of the best deals for Google and Android fans — and all it takes is clicking a few buttons to have these products at your doorstep in a matter of days. Keep reading for the best Google-y Black Friday deals of 2015… expand full story

Google Store discounts see $200 price cut on Nexus 9, $80 off Nexus 5X [Amazon too]

Update: B&H also has the Nexus 5X at $80 off across the board.

Update: Looks like Amazon is upping the competition. The online retailer has price-matched the Google Store, and you can now pick up the 16GB Nexus 5X for $299 in black or white.  Sadly, the 32GB version is back-ordered, but the price is still listed at $349, the same as Google’s discounted price.

While you could pick up last year’s Nexus 6 64GB at a ridiculously low price ($260) on Amazon earlier today, Google’s official online store has some discounts of its own to offer for Black Friday. Perhaps most attractive is the $80 price cut on one of this year’s newest Nexus phones.

You can now buy the 32GB Nexus 5X for just $349 (down from $429), while the 16GB version is $299. At time of writing, all color options are in stock, but the discount only applies while inventory is there.  While it’s not the biggest discount we’ve ever seen, it’s still very generous given how new the Nexus 5X is. Google only announced the product last month, and it’s one of the only available phones to support Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

While stocks last, you can also snag the Nexus 9 at a discount. The tablet is down to just $199 for the 16GB version and $279 for the 32GB model, cutting the price down by a hefty $200. As things stand (at least until the Pixel C is available), the Nexus 9 is currently one of the only tablets available offering a pure Android experience. Multiple manufacturers have Android tablets on the market, but most come with a boat-load of bloatware. For $199 I’d argue you can’t get a better Android tablet if you value performance and software purity.

If you’re curious to see what other deals are out there today, be sure to bookmark 9to5Toys’ Black Friday page and 9to5Mac’s Black Friday Gameplan.

Nexus 9 Stories September 29, 2015

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At its event in San Francisco today, Google confirmed that Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be rollout out to users from next week, just as previously rumored. The update isn’t as big a design refresh as Lollipop, but brings with it a host of new features which help speed things up, and give you better battery life with ‘Doze mode’ and enhanced security. expand full story

Nexus 9 Stories June 16, 2015


Google has announced Android Security Rewards, a program to reward security researchers and others who find (and optionally fix) vulnerabilities in the latest available Android versions for current Nexus devices. At present, this means the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

We’re launching Android Security Rewards to help reward the contributions of security researchers who invest their time and effort in helping us make Android more secure. Through this program we provide monetary rewards and public recognition for vulnerabilities disclosed to the Android Security Team. The reward level is based on the bug severity and increases for higher quality reports that include reproduction code, test cases, and patches.

Rewards range from $333 for a test case of a low-severity bug up to $8,000 for a “well-written CTS test and patch” for a critical bug …  expand full story

Nexus 9 Stories May 13, 2015


Google’s HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet

HTC appears to have a new tablet on the horizon as often reliable leaker @upleaks claims a new tablet called “HTC H7” is currently planned for a Q2 release. That means that, if accurate, we should see the tablet introduced by the end of next month in order to meet the currently planned second quarter timeframe for release. expand full story

Nexus 9 Stories May 7, 2015


Following our report last month that the Android Lollipop 5.0.2 update was causing Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 devices to become bricked, it now appears as if the Nexus 9—which just received the update earlier this week—is suffering the same problem. While not all Nexus 9 devices that go through with the 5.0.2 update are being killed, threads on Google’s Product Forum suggest that this is definitely not an uncommon issue by any means…

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Google has announced today that it is beginning its rollout of Android 5.1 to the Nexus 9 at some point today. It has been a long time coming for the Nexus 9, with the flagship Google tablet just earlier this week receiving its update to 5.0.2—which first hit the Nexus 7 in December of 2014. Now, finally, it looks like Android 5.1 (more specifically Android 5.1.1) will be coming to the Nexus 9 very, very soon.

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Nexus 9 Stories May 1, 2015


Android 5.1.1 was first released for the Nexus Player more than a week ago, and just yesterday the update finally reached the the Nexus 7 (2012 & 2013 WiFi models) and the Nexus 10. But one device, the flagship Nexus 9 tablet, still hasn’t even received plain-old Android 5.1—which first started rolling out in early March. Now, a Google employee has come out on Google+ to say that 5.1.1 for the “N9 OTAs aren’t far out.”

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Nexus 9 Stories April 23, 2015


During the company’s earnings call for the first quarter of 2015, Google CFO Patrick Pichette made a comment concerning its “other revenues” stream. The “other revenues” category consists of revenues from the Play Store and now Google Store, and it’s one of the company’s smallest sources of money. But Pichette noted that while revenue from “other revenues” was up 23 percent year-over-year to $1.8 billion, revenue was down 3 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Nexus 9 Stories March 9, 2015


After making Android 5.1 official earlier this evening, Google has now started posting factory images of the latest version of its operating system to the Android Developers website. Android 5.1 factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and 2012 WiFi Nexus 7 are now available to download.

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Nexus 9 Stories March 2, 2015

Deal Alert: Google Nexus 9 16GB WiFi (white) $320 shipped (Reg. $400)


Office Depot is currently offering up the Nexus 9 for $319.99, coming in at an $80 discount from the retail $400 price tag. This device is HTC-made, and Google sells it from the Play Store for $399 in two colors (or 3 colors for the 32 GB variant). This deal is only for the white 16 GB model, but Office Depot is also listing deals for other models as well. The black 16 GB model is available for $349.99, and both the black and white 32 GB models are available for $429.99 (Reg. $479.99).

It’s not often that we such great deals for current-generation Nexus devices, so if this interests you, you might want to act quick. All four models (including the cheapest one) are still in stock at the time of this writing, and they all ship for free in 3-5 days. It’s also worth noting that Office Depot is also offering a 20% off any single item promotion on its website, which could get you some decent deals on other Google-y gear. This coupon can’t be combo’d with this item, however, as it is already discounted.

If you aren’t quite sure if the Nexus 9 is for you, be sure to check out our review of the device to see how Google’s latest tablet from HTC stacks up against the competition.

Nexus 9 Stories February 6, 2015

You can now install CyanogenMod 12 on the Nexus 9

If you’ve been waiting for CyanogenMod 12 to hit the Nexus 9, you’re in luck. A nightlies release from earlier today packs support for “flounder” (the code name for the Nexus 9), and you can download it right now. This news comes following the announcement in early January that Cyanogen had enabled nightly releases for the latest version of its ROM.

As you know, CyanogenMod 12 (unlike CyanogenMod 11) is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, so you’ll still get Material Design and the other benefits of Google’s latest official release with this build. That said, it’s worth remembering that this is a very early version of the software, so if you go ahead and flash it, don’t expect it to run perfectly (this can be said about basically any build of CM 12 currently).

Direct download below:

(via Android Police)

Nexus 9 Stories January 13, 2015

Nexus 9 ‘Sand’ color variant finally available on the Play Store

The Nexus 9 has been out for quite some time now, but the device has—until today—only been available in black and white variations. Now, those in the United States can purchase the device in its third color option, “Sand,” but for the time being there’s only one specific model shipping in that color. You’re going to have to settle for the 32 GB capacity and no LTE compatibility—and a $479 price tag—if you’re interested in grabbing the “Sand” variant today. There’s no telling if Google plans to start shipping other variants of the device in the future, but the one model that the company is offering supposedly leaves the warehouse within a couple business days.

Head over to the Play Store to grab the new color variant.

(via Android Police)

Nexus 9 Stories December 31, 2014


HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon has come out on Twitter to say some things about the upcoming calendar year for the Taiwanese corporation, and it sounds pretty exciting if you want to take him at his word. He’s “overwhelmingly excited” for 2015.

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Nexus 9 Stories December 26, 2014


We told you last month that the NVIDIA Shield tablet would be getting Lollipop, and that time has since come and gone. Now, while most recently-released devices already have Lollipop (or are in line to get it soon), attention has been turned to see which devices are going to be first to get Google’s first bug fix release, 5.0.1. Most of the Nexus devices have received it already (and you can get those from Google’s factory image download page), but it appears NVIDIA is also making sure its Shield tablet receives a timely update.

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Nexus 9 Stories December 19, 2014


Google today announced a few new details about the progress on its Project Ara smartphone, which will feature interchangeable internal components designed to allow consumers to build exactly the phone they want and upgrade individual parts as necessary.

The latest update on the project includes some information about what types of processors are expected to be available for the device. Previously Google had announced a partnership with Rockchip to create a custom system-on-a-chip that would power the Ara. The company revealed today that Marvell’s PXA1928 will also be available in the lineup.

However, the bigger news is that the NVIDIA Tegra K1…

Nexus 9 Stories December 12, 2014


The latest build of Android, 5.0.1 Lollipop, has been rolling out to devices for about a week now, and the factory image page has been slowly but surely getting updated with more downloads. A couple days ago we saw the addition of factory image downloads for the Nexus 4 and 6, but today the page has been updated with a link for the LTE model of the Nexus 9.

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Nexus 9 Stories December 4, 2014


The launches of Google’s new Nexus devices have been kind of a mess to say the least, and while more people have gotten the opportunity to purchase them because they’re being launched on more carriers, this also means that the rollout wasn’t as simple as just listing them on Google Play. But as of today, some amount of progress is being made, and those in the UK now have a chance to get their hands on the Nexus 6 via O2. Sadly, though, the launch of the Nexus 9 on T-Mobile in the U.S. has hit a bit of a snag, being delayed for an unknown amount of time.

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Nexus 9 Stories November 25, 2014

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After going up for pre-order on Amazon in October, the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio case is now available on the Play Store. The case costs a whopping $129, which for those doing the math, is only $71 less than what HTC was selling the tablet itself for a couple of weeks back.

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Nexus 9 Stories November 15, 2014


If you’re in the market for a new tablet, why not check out Google’s new purebred slab? Amazon is currently selling the 16GB WiFi model Nexus 9 for $350, a savings of $50 on a high-end gadget that’s less than a month old. While the tablet doesn’t pack a lot of storage space, it’s more than enough for casual users or folks who don’t mind uploading photos and videos to Google Drive.

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Nexus 9 Stories November 5, 2014


The Nexus 9 is one of the most exciting Android devices to hit the market in a long time, and with it comes the latest version of Android: 5.0 Lollipop. And with new hardware and a new operating system, it was only a matter of time before one of the better known developers in the rooting space achieved such on the tablet. It’s already available thanks to Chainfire, and it only takes a couple extra steps to get working.

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Nexus 9 Stories November 4, 2014


Android enthusiasts rejoice! Google has just published the factory image for its recently released Nexus 9 tablet. While more people are likely waiting for the full image of Android 5.0 Lollipop to show up, today’s new addition is still welcomed with open arms.

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HTC kicks off new holiday promotion by offering Nexus 9 tablet for 50% off (update: sold out)

Update (11/4 12:15pm): The 50% deal is now sold out, but you can still save $50 on a 16GB or 32GB model.

(note: the discounted price will show after you get a Nexus 9 in your online shopping cart)

HTC is getting the holiday deal season underway with a bang. Starting right now, you can get the just-released Nexus 9 Android tablet for $199, which is 50% below the retail price of $399. That is an incredible deal.

Be warned, this deal is only available in limited quantities and we expect it sell out extremely fast. That being said, if you’re interested in this deal then you should absolutely skip the rest of this post and start giving your credit card info to HTC as quickly as possible.

Those who get shut out on the initial 50% offer will still be able to save $50 on the 16GB or 32GB model through midnight ET tonight. Today’s deal is part of a larger holiday promotion by HTC that is set to feature a “hot deal” every Tuesday for the next 9 weeks.

Check out our Nexus 9 review to see how Google’s latest tablet stacks up to the competition.


The Nexus 9 just recently became available in its WiFi-only model, with Google promising an LTE variant sometime this year. Yesterday, however, an HTC-made tablet passed through the FCC carrying the ID NM80P82300 and support for LTE connectivity. Given that the Nexus 9 is manufactured by HTC, it seems more than likely that this device is indeed the LTE-capable Nexus 9.

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Nexus 9 Teardown

Google’s all-new Nexus 9 announced last month has already been through an unboxing and overview videohands-on review and head-to-head comparison with the iPad Air in the past few weeks, and now the HTC-made tablet has undergone a full hardware teardown courtesy of the team at iFixit. Take a closer look inside the Nexus 9 after the break. expand full story

Nexus 9 Stories November 3, 2014


It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new tablet from Google. The Nexus 7 was released in 2013, but Google’s large format Nexus 10 has been growing old since its debut in late 2012. Well, the Nexus 9 seems to be a happy medium between the previous releases, and like it or not, it’s here to replace both of them.

Android tablets haven’t always offered the greatest experience when compared to smartphones, but there’s one word that perfectly describes the change this market needed: Lollipop. In my opinion, Android 5.0 is the best thing that has happened to the tablet space in a while, and the Nexus 9 is the first place you’ll officially get to see it in action. That being said, there are a lot of factors aside from a pure software experience that make the Nexus 9 a great device.

Welcome to our full review of the HTC-made Google Nexus 9. Has Google made a triumphant return to the tablet space, or is this just something to tide you over until another company steps up to the plate? Let’s go ahead and find out…

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I’ve been an iPad Air user for a solid year. Sure, I’ve tried tried and reviewed other devices, but my go-to device for reading at night, some light work on the train or plane and just brain dead playing Facebook/Twitter/G+/Reddit/Email/Video chatting has been the Space Gray iPad Air 16GB.

Before the Air, I had used both of Google’s Samsung Nexus 10 and Asus Nexus 7 (2012) tablets and found them OK devices. The Google I/O version Nexus 7 power supply broke about 8 months in and I didn’t bother getting it fixed. The Samsung Nexus 10 was actually an under-rated device, in my opinion, probably mostly because the initial software wasn’t as polished as it should have been.

So with the Nexus 9, Google has had a long time to get its software right, and I shouldn’t have gotten déjà vu when I started using the Nexus 9, right?… expand full story

PSA: Nexus 9 now available to purchase from Google Play

The Nexus 9 is now available to purchase directly from Google Play, with an order processing time of one to two business days. As of right now you’ll have your choice between the device’s black or white models, with 16GB ($399) or 32GB ($479) of storage. There’s also a listing for a “sand” color variant of the HTC-made tablet marked as coming soon.

Nexus 9 Stories October 31, 2014


With every great smartphone, there must be a great tablet, right? Well, that’s particularly true for Google. Today we’re taking a look at the HTC-made Nexus 9. Will the Nexus 9 be tough competition for the Android tablet market? Only time will tell, but let’s go ahead and dive into the box first to see what it’s all about…

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Nexus 9 Stories October 21, 2014

Nexus 6

Google finally announced new Nexus phone and tablet last week and aside from promotional materials, the world hasn’t really seen the devices in action. The folks at The Verge have managed to get some time with Mountain View’s new flagship hardware and while the videos are brief, they manage to strip away some of the marketing glitz and help give a better idea of what we can expect to see in the next few weeks.

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Last week, Amazon started accepting pre-orders for the Nexus 9 and now the giant online retailer is taking orders for the tablet’s official accessories. If you plan on picking up Google’s HTC-made slate, but would like to add some physical buttons to your setup, check out the Nexus 9’s Keyboard Folio. That is if you can get over its $130 asking price.

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Nexus 9 Stories October 17, 2014

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Shoppers hoping to get one of Google’s recently-unveiled Nexus Players may need to wait a little longer. A change to the product listing on the Play Store (via Android Police) now lists the device as being out of stock. A notice hidden in the fine print on the Player website points out that the Android TV box has not yet been approved for sale by the FCC.

Until the FCC gives Google the greenlight, the device won’t be able to be sold in the United States, though international markets will have different criteria that may or may not already be met. Understandably, Google hasn’t been able to give a time frame for when this approval might come, as the entire process operates on the FCC’s schedule.

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Nexus 6

Google just added all three of its new Nexus devices to the Play Store. You can pre-order the company’s new tablet (16GB $399, 32GB $479) and set-top box ($99) directly from the company, but its latest smartphone is listed as “coming soon.” Google officially unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop to the world on Wednesday, along with its Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus Player media hub.

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PSA: Best Buy and Newegg now accepting Nexus 9 pre-orders

Retailers are starting to open up Nexus 9 pre-orders and the latest two to join in on the fun are Best Buy and Newegg. The blue and yellow big box is accepting advanced purchases of the 16GB and 32GB WiFi and LTE-capable models of the HTC-made tablet and Newegg is also taking orders for each variant of the device as well.

Nexus 9 Stories October 16, 2014



Google unveiled its highly anticipated Nexus 9 tablet yesterday and almost immediately following the device’s official debut, someone managed to run it through Geekbench for a benchmark. The HTC-made slate managed to pull down an impressive 1,903 single core score, which is on a par with an entry-level 2012 Mac Pro, according to Primate Labs founder, John Poole.

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Nexus 9 Stories October 15, 2014


Alongside Android 5.0 Lollipop announcements and the new Nexus 6 smartphone, Google has officially announced the much rumoured Nexus 9 tablet. The device is made by HTC, features an 8.9-inch display, and Google also has a companion keyboard folio (pictured below) that attaches magnetically to the Nexus 9: expand full story

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