HTC’s return to the tablet market looks to be getting ever-nearer. A Wi-Fi Alliance certificate has been issued for a new HTC-manufactured tablet running Android L, the next version of Google’s mobile operating system.
The certificate does not provide much in the way of details, other than the expected technical information relating to its Wi-Fi implementation.
It has been rumoured for some time that HTC has been working on a Nexus tablet for Google under the Flounder and Volantis codenames. The certificate offers some support for this theory, given that the limited information it does contain includes the fact that the new device will run Android L, which has yet to be released.
Current speculation suggests that the tablet will be named the Nexus 9, in reference to an 8.9-inch display.
One interesting point that can be taken from the Wi-Fi Alliance certificate is the inclusion of two SKUs (0P8220000 and 0P8230000), in addition to the model number 0P8210000 (which was already known about).
SKUs are codes that are used to identify an individual item within a stock inventory. For example, a smartphone with 16GB and 32GB editions, both of which were available in either silver or white, would have four separate SKUs.
The Wi-Fi certification therefore seems to indicate that there will be different versions of HTC’s rumoured Nexus 9 tablet. The differences are likely to relate to either colour, storage capacity or connectivity; with Wi-Fi only and 4G LTE editions being one possibility.
[via Droid Life]