Alberto Villarreal, head of the industrial design team for the Google Nexus 9 tablet, explained the release date was not intentional to compete with the recently launched iPad Air 2, although it was released a day before Apple announced its new tablet, International Business Times reported.

In fact, Villarreal stated in an interview with Engadget that the Google Nexus 9 was actually designed with the intention to get other Android tablet manufacturers to put out more high-end devices on the market. The Google Nexus 9 is certainly showing other Android tablets and device manufacturers that it's possible to build premium tablets on Android at an affordable price.

Villarreal said the team turned to HTC for help to create a quality tablet and for the device to run extremely well, the source reported.

"We saw the One and really liked how their designs were very simple, focused on usability and removed things that didn't need to be there," Villarreal said in the interview with Engadget. "They have nice craft and precision details and materials."

More color options

 

The design team leader also added that the Nexus 9 was to work as a bit of a "fashion statement" in terms of color options and the standard electronics and technology standard of black and silver, Boy Genius Review reported. The team wanted to give more options and allow users to choose extra colors. The creators wanted the device to be more of a fashion statement than simply a device with the same colors typical color-scheme.

Google had an advantage with the Nexus 9 because the company could control the hardware and software on the tablet, Engadget reported. Google was able to design the tablet around Android 5.0 Lollipop before it was released to other devices to make the Nexus 9 perfect for the new operating system.

"We worked together with the software team from the onset - it was a super-close collaboration," Villarreal stated, according to the source.

Specs on the Nexus 9

 

The Nexus 9 comes in at a super lightweight 15 ounces, which is just as light as the iPad Air 2, Mashable reported. The tablet has a 4:3 aspect ratio screen and an 8.9-inch screen, which is a bit smaller when compared to the iPad's 9.7-inch screen.

Google's latest tablet includes a Tegra K1 processor with 64-bit processing, which makes the tablet run faster while saving battery time, the source reported. The Nexus can handle multiple apps running at the same time and is great for those who need to do several tasks. The Nexus 9 has an "origami-style case," which lets users bend the case material to get to the camera. However, customers still might want to invest in a thicker or premium case for the new device since it's not necessarily built for numerous drops and dings. Personal insurance could insure Nexus 9 owners that their devices will be replaced if it were ever damaged or lost.