Given the animated adverts that popped up earlier, it seems that Google is on the verge of releasing its new Nexus devices. According to a source close to Google, the HTC designed Nexus 9 is scheduled to launch tomorrow and will be the first device to ship running Android L.
While we are used to big launch events, Google will apparently forgo the typical fanfare as it is still tweaking its upcoming Android L operating system. Instead, the reveal will take place via a simple blog post tomorrow, along with the launch of a new smartphone from Motorola, in other words the Nexus 6.
The source also reaffirms many of the rumoured specifications for the new Nexus tablet. Including the 8.9 inch 2048×1440 display, a 64-bit NVidia processor and Kepler GPU, and 8MP rear facing and 3MP front facing cameras. The new tablet will also benefit from HTC’s work with Boomsound, as it will feature two front facing speakers. There is also mention of a brushed aluminium frame, rather than a solid metal design.
The Nexus 9 is said to go up for pre-order on the 17th of October, and will be available for purchase on November 3rd. While this seems like a large delay, it would give Google time to put some extra polish on Android L.
The 16GB Nexus 9 is expected to retail for $399, while the 32GB variant, which also has LTE, will cost $499. Google is also reportedly going to sell a magnetic stand-case as an accessory for the tablet.