Paul O’Brien shares a possible launch date for Nexus 9

by: Bogdan PetrovanSeptember 18, 2014
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Paul O’Brien, a trusted voice in the Android community, suggested that Nexus 9 could launch on October 16.

It’s important to take this info with a grain of salt, as its provenience is murky. According to O’Brien, the source is an “anonymous tipster” which could mean that this alleged release date is totally unverifiable. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time a leak is attributed to a mystery tipster in order to protect their identity.

Paul O’Brien isn’t known as someone who shares unreliable info for the sake of publicity. The Brit, who is a respected Android developer and founder of the MoDaCo mobile community, has leaked other developments in the past – last year, for instance, he predicted the Nexus 5 and KitKat would be made official on November 1 (he was off by one day.)

Given everything we know so far about the Nexus 9 and Android L, as well as Google’s track record of releasing Nexus devices in October, we think October 16 is a plausible release date for Google’s new tablet. Of course, we will need some sort of official confirmation before we mark the date down in our calendars.

Rumors claim the HTC-made Nexus 9 will feature an 8.9-inch 2560×1600 display and an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. A legal document from Nvidia that surfaced last week said the device is expected to launch in Q3 2014, of which there are only two weeks left. That seems to contradict O’Brien’s tip, though release timelines often change and Nvidia’s legal team may not be up to date with Google’s plans.

One thing’s sure for now – we’re entering Nexus season, so expect more rumors and reports about the new device(s) to crop up over the next few weeks.

  • DonPorazzo

    Is Google really going to lauch 6 inch nexus? Should I buy it? Or maybe I should buy Moto X or even OnePlus One? Isn’t 6 inches a little too big? Or maybe it won’t be 6 inches, but 5.7? 5.5? On the other hand it’s onlyu 0.3 less that Note 3. Maybe it won’t be too big. Decisions; decisions.
    HALP my nexus 4 is getting smaller & slower.

    • John Johnson

      From what I’ve heard:

      – If you can actually get an OPO (have an invite), get one. They’re great devices – just ignore the horrifyingly noobtuse company behind it.
      – Anything between 4.7 and 5.5 is “no-man’s land” – To big to realize the benefits of one-handed operation, too small to fully realize the benefits of the “phablet” form factor.

      – The Nexus 4 *will* get “L”.

      – Wait to see what El Goog has in store for November and then purchase.

      —–
      Not sure if any of that helps or just makes it worse. ;-)

      What carrier?

      • DonPorazzo

        I think I’ll wait and see what’s next nexus will be like and probably buy it whatever it’ll be, but i’m so bad at waiting (just as bad as Cartman when he was waiting for Nintendo Wii, and froze himself).

        I live in Poland, no carrier leash.

    • kuleee

      Same problem here, especially for the past 2 months since i broke my Nexus 4 and my capacitive buttons aren’t working. I’m not expecting of them to make such a big phone. I still think they’ll come out with something of 5-5.3″… Fingers crossed

    • Mark Curtis

      As far as I know, there was absolutely nothing indicating the phone would be 6 inches. Basically, we had a Nexus 4, then Nexus 5, since we didn’t have an official name for the new phone, media outlets dubbed it the “Nexus 6″. Then people took that unofficial name and assumed, like tablets, that the number = inches, so then it came to an assumption of 6 inches. There was one rumor somewhere saying it would be 5.9″, but far more showing it to be 5.2”.
      At any rate, it is a little premature to make a decision to (not) buy the next Nexus phone when there is NO official name nor specs at the time of this writing. Yes, maybe rumors and/or leaks, but absolutely nothing from Google.

  • MasterMuffin

    YES YES YES YES YES x100

    • Anonymousfella

      +1000

      • Nick V

        x a Google

        • José A. Medina

          Yes^Google

  • Gaja

    Nvidia probably meant fiscal Q3.. Which actually is in October/November..

  • Guest

    I think I’ll wait and see what’s next nexus will be like and probably buy it whatever it’ll be, but i’m so bad at waiting (just as bad as Cartman when he was waiting for Nintendo Wii, and froze himself).

  • Ahmed Latayfe

    we want the damn nexus 6, x whatever release date

    and i dont know why phones dont have The great Tegra K1 , im sure that will wipe the floor with apple’s ass :D

    • MasterMuffin

      Battery life (and maybe size?). K1 is designed for tablets

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      • renz

        i think it is possible for quad K1 in phones. but modem and baseband are pretty much dominated by qualcomm. also i heard that qualcomm will only bundle their modem with their SoC which in the end forcing most phone maker to go with qualcomm processor (for the high end).

        • MasterMuffin

          Everything’s possible, but not everything is that wise necessarily

    • Scott Ricketts

      Heat and size. It’s made specifically for tablets.

    • José A. Medina

      If the next nexus comes from motorola ir’s a 100% sure it’ll have good battery life.
      Those guys know what’s up with batteries.

      • Jose Romero

        Except when they don’t, like with the new Moto X. I don’t care how many optimizations they did, they should have noticeably improved battery capacity. It’s like they went “oh that’s good enough”, and that attitude showed itself in their Hangouts Q&A session.

        • José A. Medina

          Can’t tell about the new moto x, mi mom’s moto x last around a day and a half and she’s calling and texting all daylong.

          Yeah it should be a bigger battery but probably it would seen bulkier idk, maybe they made some pretty well optimizations and adding more battery wasn’t that necessary or maybe they were just lazy, i’ll like to see before bashing on it, but right now seems pretty good.

          • Jose Romero

            Texting is not really power intensive, and calling has the screen off. I doubt your mom is a power user in the true sense of the word.

          • DarxideGarrison

            It’s also possible that your mom may have unnecessary features turned on in her device that could be draining her battery

    • Sir VAVA the 2nd

      Everyone is buying iPhone 6 now that Apple has a bigger phone.

      Android 80+60ATS are mad.

  • Evris K

    I want the Nexus 6. Strangely no leaks about it. Nexus 5 leaked like hell last year. Nexus 6 not yet. No photos or specs (beside the rumour about Shamu by Motorola). Seems the manufacturer of the Nexus 6 did great job keeping it safe from leaks.

    • Reudig

      i strongly believe that “leaks” happen on purpose and are being staged by the manufacturers themselves. Why? See it like beta testing designs or getting first opinions on hardware before a release. that way you might modify some of it before the device launches or apply some of the user input to future phones.

      doesn’t it bug anyone that about 99% of all leaks (i’m making that number up) is completely blurry? my phone can take better pictures than that … this leads me to only one single conclusion: leaks are on purpose.

  • HIRT

    I CONVINCE MY MOM TO WAIT FOR THE NEXUS 9!!! SO SHE WILL NOT BUT IPAD AIR HAHAHAH

    • Frosti

      thats actually pretty clever

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  • Sir VAVA the 2nd

    My body is ready

  • stucrmnx120fshwf

    I’m sick of the unreliability, that’s crept back into Android, it’s like froyo, videos will not launch, break up, look as a dip elect comp tech net admin spec, I drool over K1’s 192 GPUs, 64 bit, QHD, but Apple’s “it just works”, is starting to appeal, I could live with an iPad mini resolution, 32 GB, 4G, it’s 64 bit. It’s been around for a year, when they release a new one the price of the current one will go down, I’ve seen one new for $350 AUD, but it’s only 16 GB, I’ve seen a 32 GB used for $450, I could get $200 for my Nexus 10, so it would only cost me $260 with eBay’s fee. Of course I salavate over lots of RAM and possible 64 GB flash option on Nexus 9, Nvidia are desktop graphics kings, it’s their bread and butter, shield tab, gives them insight, they may have fixed the problems in Android L, but you can’t know for sure, its like moving house, you don’t know if the neighbors, are going to be noisy. Apple on the other hand, have had resolution screens for 2 years, have been running 64 bit for a year, the walled garden approach, has some advantages. Googameistro, why couldn’t you have stuck with the Jelly Bean / project butter focus on speed and reliability, Nexus 7, with its Nvidia processor, was a fabulous advance IMHO, JB launched us into hundreds of millions, of smartphone / tablet sales.

  • monkey god

    Was waiting for a Nexus 10 for way too long. Wanted a 10″ screen, but I guess the Nexus 9 is close enough..

    • DonPorazzo

      hey, nexus 10 was released years ago! It’s still kinda fast, has high density screen and 2 front facing speakers :)

  • Kasi Viswanathan

    expecting nex 6