Report: Google selects HTC for upcoming tablet

Sep 22, 2014, 7:31 AM EDT
The Google logo is seen at the company's offices on August 21, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.
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Google Inc has selected HTC Corp to make its upcoming 9-inch Nexus tablet, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Reuters writes:

Google had been mulling HTC as a potential Nexus tablet partner since last year and HTC engineers have been flying to the Googleplex in Mountain View in recent months to work on the project, the report said.

Google's decision to pick HTC reflects its long-term strategy of building a broad base of partners from device to device to prevent any one manufacturer from gaining a monopoly, the report said.

Rumours of an HTC tablet have floated around for a while, and recently that gossip has included a possible Nexus tablet from the manufacturer. CNet writes:

Rumours suggest a device purportedly codenamed Volantis could be HTC's return to larger mobile devices. HTC and Google declined to comment on this latest report.

The Nexus 9 is expected some time in mid-October, and may well herald the next generation of Android.

We're up to 'L' in the alphabet, but we've no idea what the sweet-themed name will be. Lollipop? Lemon Meringue Pie? Lamington?

Whatever it's called, a combination of brand new Android software, cutting-edge specs and friendly pricing means Nexus devices tend to be popular, so this could be a big deal for HTC; the troubled company has had a tough time turning critical acclaim for the excellent HTC One into sales.