GOOGLE REPORTEDLY has chosen HTC to build its next Nexus tablet due to its shaky relationship with rival firm Samsung, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The report, as well as 'confirming' that the mooted HTC Nexus 9 is coming, adds weight to the rumours that Google's relationship with Samsung has become strained. Google allegedly thinks that Samsung is becoming "too powerful" in the Android smartphone market, and likely isn't too pleased with its decision to load its wearable devices with Tizen over Android.
With its relationship with Samsung in doubt, Google has - as months worth of rumours have suggested - selected HTC to build its next flagship Android tablet, despite the firm's lack of success so far in the crowded tablet market.
Google refused to confirm this, instead saying vaguely, "Android is a vibrant ecosystem, and many of the industry players are doing very well. There's room for many partners to do well and to innovate with Android."
The Wall Street Journal didn't report any details about the so-called Nexus 9, but thanks to the online rumour mill, there's not much we don't already know.
Thanks to Nvidia's slip-up earlier this month, we know that the Nexus 9 will be powered by its Tegra K1 chip, which reportedsly will be paired with 2GB RAM and Google's fully encrypted Android L operating system.
There's also talk that the HTC Nexus 9 will feature an 8.9in 2048x1440 resolution screen, dual 8MP and 3MP cameras, optional 4G LTE support and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
Pricing for the Nexus 9 will start at $399, going up to $600+ for the highest capacity LTE model. µ
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