Hardcore vanilla Android lovers are probably starting to get anxious, as the abundant Nexus 9-related rumors don’t seem to be leading up to anything. Nor does speculation on the next-gen Nexus smartphone, the X or N6, and least of all, suspicious Nexus Watch gossip activity.
But surely, Google has to come forward with at least one hardware announcement by the end of the year. After all, Android L is hardly hearsay, and never has a new software iteration debuted without matching hardware.
Fortunately, the credible sources hinting at an imminent Nexus 9 introduction are accumulating, the latest of which declares itself “rather confident” of the tablet’s October 15 or 16 ETA. Once again, that’s reserved for a formal announcement, not an actual commercial launch, with the beginning of November likely to see the high-end 9 incher on store shelves.
The very first day of November is also tipped to bring a finished, polished, fully functional Android L copy over-the-air to a number of Nexus devices from previous generations. L, aka Lollipop, Lemon Meringue Pie or Lion, will be further detailed during N9’s coming out party, and Android Authority feels “rather confident” a Nexus handheld will be showcased too.
A Nexus most likely manufactured by Motorola, and in part based on the 2014 Moto X. Only with a larger display, rumor has it. Intrigued? You should be, this is very exciting stuff.