The Nexus program was originally created by Google in order to be the prime example of what an Android phone should be. Google hoped that, by giving manufactures an example to go by, they would adhere to the quality and standards put forth by Google. However, manufactures rarely took hints from Google with majority of manufacturers focusing on creating the cheapest and self-cost efficient phones that they could make. While there are obviously exclusions from this such as a few of HTCs and Samsungs premium handsets, not may phones have been on the level of those found within the Nexus program.
Quite some time ago, news leaked that Google would be scrapping their Nexus program in favor of the rumored Android Silver program. Android Silver is said to be a program in which Google sets the standards of the device. Sounds just like the Nexus program, right? The difference here is that Google will no longer be making their own handsets. Instead, Google will focus on quality control for manufacturers who decide to join the program. Google has also added an insensitive for manufactures. Reports have it that Google will heavily support and advertise devices within the Android Silver platform, heavily reducing the advertising budget for manufactures.
That brings us to the bitter-sweet portion of this article.
The last thing we expected after hearing about Googles Android Silver program was leaks of another Nexus devices, let-alone the Nexus 9. Reports suggest that the Nexus 9 was already created internally by Google before Android Silver became a thing. As such, it seems that Google will carry on with their Nexus 9 and, from what the rumored specs suggest, the Nexus 9 will be one hell of a beast.
The Nexus 9 is to be made by HTC, father manufacture of Android when it comes to both the first Android phone ever and the line of Nexus devices. Its only fitting that HTC gets to create the last Nexus device. The device will boast 2,048 x 1,440, 8.9-inch display, 2GB of RAM, and stereo front-facing speakers. In addition, its powered by Nvidias desktop class Tegra K1 processor and its said to come in at a reasonably svelte 418 grams with a 0.31-inch-thick aluminum design.
Source: Android Police, via The Verge