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.


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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