Google Posts Nexus 9 Android 5.0 “LRX21L” Factory Image

Google just posted the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” factory image for the Nexus 9, if anyone is interested. While the image doesn’t do much for anyone who doesn’t own a Nexus 9, this still could be a sign of things to come. Maybe. Actually, it could be days or weeks before the other factory images arrive, but hey, we like to get excited. You know we will keep you updated.

The build is for “volantis,” which is one of the codenames for the Nexus 9. The build version is LRX21L.  (more…)

HTC Intros Hot Deals for Holiday Season, Nexus 9 on Sale for $199

If dealing with the crowds of Black Friday is not in your cards anymore, HTC is looking to help with your holiday shopping list. Starting today for the next nine weeks, HTC will host a new Hot Deal every Tuesday morning at 9am Pacific (12pm Eastern). These deals will be huge price drops on devices, discounted accessories, and who knows what else.

The first Hot Deal, undoubtedly to get your attention, is a brand new $199 Nexus 9 tablet. Supplies will be limited, so your best chance is to have all of your payment info ready right when the clock strikes. To keep even better track of the deal, you can follow HTC’s own twitter hashtag, “HTCHotDeals.”  (more…)

Nexus 9 LTE Stops by FCC With Support for 10 LTE Bands

An HTC-made tablet stopped by the FCC yesterday under ID NM80P82300, one we are assuming is the LTE-ready version of the Nexus 9. As you may have noticed, the LTE version of the Nexus 9 hasn’t gone up for sale yet, nor have we been given a release date. This could be the reason why. As Google learned with the Nexus Player, you can’t sell a product unless it has been given the green light from the FCC.  (more…)

Nexus 9 Review

It has been almost two years since the release of the Nexus 10, which first hit shelves on November 13, 2012. For anyone who has been wanting to use a Nexus tablet larger than a Nexus 7, Google has definitely been testing your patience. Fast forward to today and we finally have a new Nexus slate, made in partnership between Google and HTC of all companies, which stopped making tablets for the US market a tad over two years ago.

The Nexus 9 is supposedly HTC’s new “commitment” to the tablet market, and I have to tell you, using an HTC-made Nexus device is somewhat like shaking hands with a dear old friend. HTC’s last venture in the Nexus category was with the original Nexus phone many years ago, so it is nice to see them partnered with Google once again.

Officially, this is the first publicly available device to run Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” also coming powered by NVIDIA’s 64-bit Tegra K1 processor and 2GB of RAM. That alone is enough to excite any Android fan, so you can imagine my desire to dive into the tablet as quickly as possible.

We have been fortunate enough to take the Nexus 9 for a spin over the weekend, and we are ready to deliver our verdict on whether this should be your next slate.

This is our Nexus 9 review. (more…)