Google and HTC Collaboration Unveils Nexus 9 – The First Taste of Lollipop

It seems like ages since Google unveiled its first Nexus device. Those who care know that the Nexus brand basically works as a platform used by Google to build devices that show off what Android is made of. While phones have dominated the Android market, the battle has now shifted to screen sizes and this is why Google teamed up with HTC to midwife the Nexus 9.

Because Nexus 7 and 10, the predecessors of Nexus 9 have literally been shuffled off their mortal coils, the Nexus 9 stands on its own pedestal as the sole tablet in the Nexus hardware lineup of Google. Instead of prematurely judging whether this tablet should be given a thumbs up or not, it is important to look at its features.


In terms of design, HTC and Google had a deliberate aim to keep the Nexus 9 looking as familiar and as subtle as possible. Looking at the back side of the tablet, you can’t help it but admire the broad and gentle curving expanse of black matte plastic that is punctuated with the Nexus logo at its very center.

The tablet also has an 8 megapixel camera complete with an LED flash prominently positioned in the top left corner. The top and bottom of the 8.9 inch display is framed by a pair of horizontal bezels. The front camera is 1.6 megapixels.

Display and Sound

The screen of this device measures 2048 x 1536. The LCD that comes with Nexus 9 is an excellent screen and compares well with competition. HTCs BoomSound speakers and their impact on sound on this gadget are obviously noticeable. They have plenty of sound and still give you the quality to concentrate on whatever video you are watching.


As the standard bearer of the Android tablet vision of Google, Nexus 9 is a software powerhouse. It is loaded with the new build of Android 5.0 Lollipop. The speed and responsiveness as you swipe through a number of home screens and open apps is amazing. Also, the software allows applications to launch very fast and run smoothly compared to similar devices. The noticeable app performances are courtesy of the Android Runtime abbreviated as ART. The ART replaced Dalvik Runtime which is now old school.

The Camera

Generally, tablet cameras are not seen as a perfect package because they always disappoint. However, Nexus 9 is out to prove its target audience wrong. It comes with an 8 megapixel main back camera and a 1.6 megapixel front camera hence making it selfie-friendly. This device can shoot 1080p footage and it gives quality videos.


Nexus 9 will handle almost anything you throw at it. It runs incredibly smoothly as you poke around to launch the apps. Thanks to the quad-core, Nexus 9 has its pixels pushed towards fluidity.

With a battery life of about 9.5 hours, this tablet is refreshing and its design welcoming.