Yesterday the Nexus 9 finally became available on Google Play, and we spotted an LTE-ready version of the 32GB black tablet that appeared briefly. Today that LTE option is gone, but according to a new FCC filing, we may not have to wait much longer before the data-enabled Nexus 9 returns to Google’s online store.
The words Nexus and Google don’t actually appear in this FCC filing, but it does tie the device to HTC. It’s also listed under the model number ID NM80P82300, which is almost identical to the ID NM80P82100 already used for the Wi-Fi variant of the same device. The filing lists 10 LTE bands, which should cover all the major U.S. carriers including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular.
It’s unclear exactly why Google listed and then pulled the LTE-enabled Nexus 9, but it may have to do with this FCC filing. Something similar actually happened with the Nexus Player, which was available through Google Play for a few hours initially before the company abruptly stopped accepting orders. It turned out the set-top box hadn’t actually been approved by the FCC, though it has since been cleared and is again in the Google Play Store.
Today’s FCC filing should mean the Nexus 9 with LTE will be available soon through Google Play. For now, you can always purchase the Wi-Fi model starting at $399 with 16GB of storage or $479 for 32GB of storage.