It’s released a report claiming that HTC’s engineers are already working with Google on this Nexus 9 (codenamed Volantis) unit regardless of the fact that the company hasn’t got much experience in crafting up or selling tablets.
Asus and Samsung made the other nexus tablets, while Samsung and LG have predominantly made the Nexus smartphones. The only time HTC dipped its toes into the tablet space was in the days of Honeycomb (back in 2011) – there was the 7in HTC Flyer and the HTC Jetstream but they both didn’t see great success.
So what would this mean for HTC and Google if they brand the Nexus 9?
The most obvious, will be the possibility of HTC’s return in making larger mobile devices, or maybe even the creation of more tablets in the future (it could be a bigger deal than you think it is).
Going by the success of HTC’s smartphones, it would also help Google boost its standing in the premium tablet space – it’s currently dominated by Apple.
But we think it’s a great end to the Nexus range, coming full circle with HTC’s make of the first Nexus – the Nexus One – in 2010. If this is the gizmo HTC’s got in store for us at the press event in New York on 8 October, we’re stoked to be covering its launch live.