HTC have been out of the Nexus game for a while, last offering us the Nexus One a few years ago, as shown above. However, we’ve had rumours for a while now suggesting HTC is about to re-enter the Nexus race with the rights to produce the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet.
The Wall Street Journal has today confirmed that HTC is definitely working on the next tablet, and it’s coming. Soon. WSJ is reporting that HTC’s engineers have been flying back and forth between California and Taiwan to collaborate on the development of the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet.
WSJ really hasn’t provided much more than this in their report; instead referring only to the theory behind the Nexus program which allows various manufacturers to put together what they (and Google) think should be the reference platform. HTC was in the wilderness for a while, with the Nexus One their really last good product for a couple of years while they experimented with Desires, Desire HDs, One X and One XLs which weren’t all that well received. However, with last year’s HTC One, and this year’s revitalised One M8, HTC are back in vogue, and perhaps while they’re not as big as Samsung (and probably don’t aspire to be), I would argue they make at least an equal, if not better, product.
So, if HTC are in fact making the Nexus 9, then I’m very interested. I’ve enjoyed the previous ASUS Nexus 7 tablets, but I’m ready for some innovation in the space, having not been particularly sold on Android tablets for quite some time. Let’s see if HTC can turn the tide here.