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.

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