Google says the Nexus 9 wasn’t designed to rival the Apple iPad Air 2

The search giant lifted the lid on the Google Nexus 9, an 8.9-inch tablet made by HTC, and the Nexus 6, Google’s new smartphone made by Motorola, a day before the the Cupertino firm officially unveiled the Apple iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. So one would think that Google’s Nexus 9 is trying to compete with the Apple iPad Air 2, but this isn’t the case. According to Google, its new tablet wasn’t designed to rival the new iPad.

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Engadget reports Google’s Nexus 9 industrial design head, Alberto Villarreal, saying that, although the new Nexus tablet with its powerful 64-bit processor by NVIDIA and competitive price was unveiled a day before the new iPads, the Nexus 9 was designed to be the standard premium Android tablet. With the Nexus 9 as an example, Android manufacturers would be inspired to make more tablets that are up to par with the standard.

Villarreal said, “We wanted to accelerate the premium market for Android tablets. [The Nexus 9] has a lot of attributes and definitely will bring the quality for other companies to do better.”

In the UK, reports say that the Google Nexus 9 will be delayed until mid-December. It was initially scheduled to ship on the 3rd of November.

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