Six years of Nexus: A Google phone history

by birtanpublished on October 2, 2020

So with the future of Google's Nexus brand hanging in the balance they look to continue their young breed of pixel devices by bringing it to the smartphone world with the rumored and well pretty much leaked pixel and pixel XL smartphones well I'm really looking forward to what Google and their new smartphones have to offer I think that I can speak for most of us Android enthusiasts when I say that if Google does in fact lay the Nexus brand to rest I will really be missing that Nexus name and what Nexus products brought to the market so let's go ahead and take a look back at where the Nexus started and how

It evolved over the years January 5 2010 this was the day that Google announced the Nexus One built by HTC and based pretty heavily on HTC's very own desire smartphone it retailed on Google's very own online store for five hundred and thirty dollars the Nexus One ran into a 2.1 Eclair and it had a whopping 3.7 inch display yes it also had a killer 5 megapixel camera half a gig of ram with a 1 gigahertz Snapdragon processor and a 14 hundred million power battery and who could forget that awesome multicolored light-up trackball now at the time these specs were considered great and powerful

The screen was considered large but unfortunately in the end the Nexus 1 didn't do too well as consumers weren't exactly used to shelling out cash for a phone with one online payment not to mention the myriad of issues with carrier network coverage in the US and the fact that the phone was pretty darn expensive Google would end up shutting down their online store a few months after release and began selling the phone elsewhere unfortunately didn't last long Google definitely learned a lot with their first attempt as they came back

For more with the Nexus S released in December 16 2010 this time Google went with Samsung to build their Nexus coming in at 5:29 unlocked the Nexus S came loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread it sported an even larger 4 inch Super AMOLED display a 1 gigahertz single core hummingbird processor a slightly larger 1500 milliamp hour battery along with the same half gigabyte of RAM and five megapixel camera aside from its newer fresher design this time based off of Samsung's Galaxy S there wasn't a whole lot that differentiated it from the Nexus 1 but Google did do a lot better

With the Nexus S shipping a lot more units than they ever did with the Nexus One and people were really starting to take notice of what Google was doing with their Nexus phones building up the hype further next now Google looked to bring the heat with the Galaxy Nexus this to being built by Samsung released November 17 2011 the $400 Galaxy Nexus was based off of Samsung's Galaxy S 2 it came packed with an even larger slightly curved 4.7 inch 720p Super AMOLED display it also came with a dual-core 1.2 gigahertz Texas Instruments processor finally a full

Gigabyte of RAM and an improved 5 megapixel camera Google had the tables set this would be their first nexus to have an LTE radio they had Samsung building their phone who after having released the Galaxy S 2 a few months prior was having great success with their devices and there was also the highly anticipated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update which brought a very attractive UI overhaul and a bunch of new features everything was set up for huge success with his phone but after issues with carriers like Sprint and Verizon and delayed device release dates

Google just said ok forget that and went back to selling the phone themselves putting it up for sale on the Play Store there's also the fact that Samson was actually going head-to-head with Apple in a patent infringement suit at the time kind of a messy situation just bad timing so although the Galaxy Nexus didn't exactly live up to the hype it was just another stepping stone in Google's Nexus path this again had people waiting anxiously for the next Nexus device than what it had to offer back to the drawing board on November 13 2012 Google

Released the Nexus 4 now this is where things really started to shape up this time around Google decided to drop Samsung in favor of LG the Nexus 4 was heavily based off of LG's very own Optimus G which was also released that year the Nexus 4 is shipped with either 8 or 16 gigabytes of storage and a very low price point of 299 and 349 respectively in terms of specs the Nexus 4 came loaded with a 4.7 inch 720p IPS plus display a much nicer eight megapixel camera the stronger and faster quad-core Snapdragon s4 pro processor 2 gigabytes of RAM and a beefier 2100

Milliamp hour battery had support for wireless charging and it shipped with Android 4.2 jelly bean Google also decided it'd be a good idea to sell the Nexus 4 on both the Play Store and through t-mobile Google nailed it with the Nexus 4 with the high-end specs much nicer more premium hardware this time including glass on the back a bunch of awesome new features in Android 4.2 and of course that crazy low price tag although it did lack LTE everything else combined made the Nexus 4 a home run as it sold by the millions this definitely jump-started the hype train

For what was to come enter the Nexus 5 released October 31st 2013 Google decided to stick with LG on this one Google looked to continue the trend of high-end specs for a low price like they did with the Nexus 4 the Nexus 5 only cost 349 for the 16 gigabyte model and 399 for the 32 gigabyte model somewhat based off of LG's g2 the Nexus 5 sported a larger 5-inch 1080p IPS display an 8 megapixel camera the Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM a larger 2300 million power battery and Android 4.4 KitKat which by the way was one of the best

Iterations of Android ever it was yet another homerun for Google as their Nexus 5 was touted as the best phone out there for the price after back-to-back wins with the 4 and the 5 more and more general consumers began seeing the Nexus as he worthy competitor for their next phone and if things couldn't possibly get any better the Nexus 5 had a LTE while the Nexus 4 did not the Nexus was no longer just a device for the nerds the tinkerers and the developers it was a phone for the masses the Nexus 5 was a beast of a phone and we had no idea what was on the horizon what was on said

Horizon was a complete curveball thrown at us by Google with the Nexus 6 released in November 2014 you want to talk about beast of a phone well this was it this time around the Nexus would be made by Motorola taking pretty much all of its design language from the Moto X it really was just a giant moto X with Nexus written on the back the Nexus 6 came with a humongous 6 inch quad HD AMOLED display a Snapdragon 805 processor with three gigabytes of RAM a 13 megapixel camera and a rather large yet fitting 3220 million power battery it also boasted front-facing speakers

Along with Google's latest Android 5.0 lollipop update and the welcome to I overhaul known as material design now that curve ball that I mentioned not only came in the form of an unexpected screen size jump it also came in the form of price the two previous Nexus phones carried the high-end specs for a low price banner with pride it was something that helped them stand out among the crowded world of Android smartphones and it appealed to millions of buyers everywhere but with those lower price tags the devices themselves had to take hits as far as

Specifications go to make up for that cost with the Nexus 6 Google sort of dropped to that belief as they packed it to newest phone with as much as they possibly could with no sacrifices whatsoever the Nexus 6 retailed for 649 for the 32 gigabyte model and $6.99 for the 64 gigabyte model yeah this thing wasn't cheap while the Nexus 6 was a very solid phone it kind of left new Nexus followers confused with Google's new premium specs and higher pricing belief now this is where our current Nexus smartphones come into play in September 2015 Google

Surprised everyone with two Nexus smartphones as opposed to just one that was a first instead of releasing one smartphone to please everybody they released two so that consumers would have a choice this was a super smart move on their part starting with the Nexus 5x Google partnered with their old friend LG once again to make this device and as you can probably guess this was a direct nod to the LG Nexus 5 from 2 years before the 5x had a slightly larger 5.2 inch 1080p IPS display the Snapdragon 808 processor and 2 gigabytes of RAM this was the cheaper

Of the two devices directed towards those who needed high-end specs but for less money now the Nexus 6p on the other hand was the main flagship of that year we're talking top-of-the-line everything both inside and out as the P in 6p actually stood for premium Google continued to surprise us all with their partnership with Chinese manufacturer Huawei for this new device the Nexus 6p had it all it came with a gorgeous 5.7 inch quad HD AMOLED display he Snapdragon 810 chip with 3 gigabytes of RAM dual front-facing speakers and a rather large 3450 milliamp hour battery

The six feet was the Nexus device we'd all been waiting for finally a nexus that was good at everything ever since the Nexus phone was born there had always been something missing whether it be the build quality the battery life and especially the camera performance the 6p had good battery life great build quality and a killer camera which to this day pushes out fantastic quality considering today's standards but the great thing about these two new Nexus phones was that although they had their differences in price and build quality they shared fingerprint readers

On the back they both shipped with Android 6.0 they both sported the newer USB type-c charging port and they even had the same exact 12 megapixel main camera the 5x retailed for a pretty fair 379 while the 6p went for $4.99 which to be honest was extremely fair seeing as how the Nexus 6 went for 150 dollars more than that so if this is indeed the last set of Nexus branded smartphones we see I think it's safe to say they went out with a bang both loans were reasonably priced they both packed a great specs which to this day are still considered contenders

For consumer pockets especially with their prices dropping pretty heavily and they both continue to represent what Nexus devices were really all about and of course we do have to give an honorable mention to the other Nexus devices that were released throughout the years the Nexus 7 tablets the Nexus 10 the Nexus 9 and well the Nexus Q but we all know that didn't last long so although the Nexus isn't necessarily dead we can't help but think about that possibility either way we say hello to the new generation of smart phones from Google the pixel in the event we never

See another Nexus smartphone the name pixel is equally if not more of an awesome sounding name and a fitting one at that what's great about this whole situation is that we'll still be getting a high quality phones straight from Google with pure stock Android but besides the awesome Nexus name we've come to love we'll be losing some of what Nexus devices really meant to us it looks like Google will be joining the likes of Samsung HTC Apple and others with top-of-the-line everything both specs and price they'll more than likely market this phone like they never had

With any previous phone and well can we really blame them for that we should be getting all of our answers come October 4th where the pixel phones will be officially unveiled we may see Google address this in a way none of us expected at their event it'll be extremely interesting to see where Google goes to this so what do you guys think do you like the direction that Google is going with their next smart phones go ahead and let us know by dropping a comment down below we'd love to hear your feedback well that does it for the video I hope you guys did enjoy

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