As Java 9 has been released few days ago, I went through the What's New to see if there is something useful in the context of Competitive Programming. And I didn't find much, just these few enhancements:
new static factory methods on the List, Set, and Map interfaces (returning immutable instances of those collections), for example:
Set<String> alphabet = Set.of("a", "b", "c");
internal String representation as array of bytes (8 bit) instead of array of chars (16 bit) in case the string contains only Latin-1 characters (which is normally the case in Competitive Programming); this would reduce memory consumption almost by half in String problems, and I wonder what would be the impact on performance;
JShell (aka REPL in some other languages) for executing small pieces of code / bruteforce solutions (thanks bhishma for suggesting this).
Also, there are some new standard library methods not mentioned in "What's new" (thanks eatmore for pointing this out). Here's what I found:
Math.fma(a, b, c) to compute
a * b + con doubles/floats with better performance and precision;
A few new Math.multiplyExact/multiplyFull/multiplyHigh methods;
Arrays.equals to compare two subarrays;
Arrays.compare to compare two arrays/subarrays lexicographically;
Arrays.mismatch to compute common prefix length of two arrays.
(Array methods should have efficient implementations using vectorised CPU instructions).
As a personal note, I feel like Java is still light years behind Scala (which unfortunately is broken on CF for 2 months already) for writing CP code, even though both of them run on the same JVM. Just please, don't start language flame wars, unless you have tried both :)
P. S. If someone goes through "What's new" of Java 9 and notices some more relevant enhancements, please post them here. I could have missed something.