Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 — Google's 'pure Android' mobile devices
Google's Nexus devices are sold directly from the Google Play Store, unlocked and running the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat. The Nexus line consists of three current devices -- the Nexus 5 smartphone, and two tablets, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.
The current Nexus smartphone, launched on Oct. 31, 2013 along with Android 4.4 KitKat and made by LG. Prices start at $349 in the U.S. for a device with a 5-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 800 CPU with 2GB of RAM. It's also got an 8-megapixel rear camera with Google's novel "HDR+" camera, and a 2300mAh non-removable battery. The Nexus 5 supports 4G LTE in North America and the rest of the world across two models, the D820 and D821.
Check out our review for more on the Nexus 5.
The second-generation 7-inch Nexus tablet, manufactured by ASUS. Compared to the 2012 original, the 2013 Nexus 7 sports a higher-resolution display at 1920x1200 pixels, a thinner chassis and faster CPU — a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro with 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 7 launched at $220 in the U.S. for the 16GB Wifi model, with more expensive 32GB and LTE-connected models also available.
We've got more on the 2013 Nexus 7 in our full review.
Released in late 2012 alongside the Nexus 4, the Samsung Nexus 10 remains the current 10-inch tablet offering from Google. It comes with 16 or 32GB of storage and a high-resolution 2560x1600-resolution display and a dual-core Samsung Exynos 5 CPU. As of early 2014 it's been updated from Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which it shipped with, to the latest version, 4.4 KitKat.
For our take on the Nexus 10 when it launched in November 2012, check out our review.
Legacy Nexus devices
The Nexus 4, made by LG and released in November 2012 with prices starting at $299 for the 8GB version. It ran Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, and has since been updated to version 4.4. It's got a 4.7-inch 1280x786-resolution display and a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM, and was available globally as a HSPA+ (42Mbps) device until mid-2013.
The Galaxy Nexus, released in late 2011 with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, was the last Nexus phone made by Samsung. For much of its life it was exclusive to Verizon in the U.S. Elsewhere a HSPA+ version was sold with a slightly smaller battery and slimmer chassis. In mid-2012 this unlocked version was sold through the Google Play Store in the U.S. The Gnex, as it's sometimes called, was updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but not the newer 4.4 KitKat.
The 2012 Nexus 7, the first Nexus tablet. Manufactured by ASUS, this device made waves due to its low price point — $199 for the 8GB model — and relatively high specs for the time. It included an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 1280x800 display. Later a version with HSPA+ cellular data was made available for an additional markup.
The Nexus Q, Google's ill-fated streaming orb. The Q was announced at the Google I/O 2012 developer conference, where 5,000 of the spheres were given to attendees. However due to its high price ($300) and limited functionality (it could only stream stuff from Google's ecosystem) the Nexus Q never saw widespread release. Those who pre-ordered were shipped a Q free of charge, and it was eventually replaced by the Chromecast dongle in 2013.
The Samsung Nexus S, released in late 2010, showcased Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Only the second Nexus handset to launch, its hardware was based upon Samsung's original Galaxy S. It was also the first Android phone with NFC, a new feature in Gingerbread. A Sprint version with Wimax data, the Nexus S 4G, emerged in mid-2011.
The Nexus One, the original Nexus sold by Google online, made by HTC and released in early 2010. With a 1GHz CPU, a high-res (for the time) display and Android 2.1 Eclair preloaded, the N1 established the combination of vanilla Android, timely updates and high-end hardware for which the Nexus line has become known.
Latest Nexus news:
Posted by Alex Dobie on 2 Dec 2013 4:17 pm
How does last year’s Nexus shape up against this year’s entry-level champion?
Motorola’s latest entry-level handset, the Moto G, has been turning heads thanks to its relatively low price point and compelling specs and feature set. It’s a step below the Nexus 5 — the device it tied with in the “best value” category of our most recent Android phone roundup. But what of the Nexus 4, no longer...
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 25 Nov 2013 9:48 pm
Prime members save on shipping when compared to Google Play
Last week Google started selling its latest generation Qi wireless charger for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, and now Amazon is getting in on the fun. Starting November 28th, the online retailer will have the latest wireless charger for the same $49.99 as Google Play, but ditches the shipping costs if you're an Amazon Prime member — saving...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 18 Nov 2013 4:21 am
Mobile operator Ting, which runs an MVNO service on Sprint's CDMA, 3G and 4G network, has announced that it's just added support for the Nexus 5. As with most devices on Ting, the setup process is relatively simple — first get hold of a Nexus 5 (the U.S. D820 model, which supports all the right bands) then obtain a Ting SIM by signing up on the SIM priority list. However with Nexus 5 orders...
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 14 Nov 2013 3:24 pm
Return to stock or update to the latest version on your Nexus 7
Along with the Nexus 4, all versions of the Nexus 7 have also received Android 4.4 factory images. Even though the OTA update to KitKat hasn't come to the Nexus 7 variants that have mobile data, all four variants of the smaller Nexus tablet have factory images available.
If you're willing to put a little time into it you can use...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Nov 2013 9:03 pm
Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 with mobile data to receive update 'soon'
Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 Wifi models) and Nexus 10 users may want to start checking for the big update right about now, as the OTA to KitKat has been released into the wild according to the official Android Google+ account. To accept the OTA as-is, you'll need to be running the latest stock build from Google, though an unlocked boot...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 8 Nov 2013 12:23 pm
New contextual cards and smarter voice search in Nov. 13 update, according to Wired
Google has slowly but consistently been improving its search app for Android over the past year or so, bringing more cards to Google Now and new ways to interact by speaking to your device. It appears the next raft of Google Search updates may be about to drop next week, adding new contextual cards and smarter...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 8 Nov 2013 10:37 am
Subsidized for $50-150 or $450-500 outright
Canada isn't the only place seeing expanded Nexus 5 availability today. As revealed in the carrier's launch-day press release, today's the day the Nexus 5 arrives on Sprint. Sprint's own site has the 16GB model for as little as $49.99 on a two-year plan, but only if you're switching an porting a number across. Elsewhere, Amazon and Best Buy have it...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 8 Nov 2013 9:33 am
TELUS, Videotron, Rogers, Fido, Bell and Virgin now offering latest Nexus phone
If you're in Canada and weren't able (or willing) to pick up a Nexus 5 from the Google Play Store, you can now buy the phone directly from six of the major Canadian carriers. TELUS, Videotron, Rogers, Fido, Bell and Virgin are now offering the LG-made Nexus phone subsidized and on-contract, with prices starting at...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 7 Nov 2013 5:20 am
With Nexus 5s already in the hands of Google Play Store buyers, we're starting to see the first indications of when it'll arrive at subsidized prices on U.S. carriers. Sprint's is due to arrive from Nov. 8, and if the latest leaked documents are to be believed then T-Mobile shouldn't be far behind.
The leaked retail planning guide obtained by TmoNews shows the T-Mobile Nexus 5 arriving alongside...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 6 Nov 2013 5:39 am
'Limited number' of SIM-free handsets now sold out
If you wanted to get hold of a Nexus 5 from Carphone Warehouse at the staggeringly good SIM-free price of £295 then hopefully you were quick off the mark last Friday. The UK retailer is no longer offering the device without a contract, and as such its online store no longer lists a SIM-free price. A spokesperson told Android Central that only...
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 4 Nov 2013 6:03 pm
Looking for a little more flair? A white Nexus 5 may be for you
The LG Nexus 5 is finally on sale, and yes, it comes in white. No matter the storage size choice you make you'll have the option to get a different colored back on the phone, and for some it'll be a better-looking option. There's a slight materials difference between the black and white models, with the white one being a little "...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 4 Nov 2013 1:17 pm
How does the Nexus 5's battery stand up after a few days of real-world use?
Battery life is one of those areas of smartphone performance that’s difficult to quantify. Synthetic tests rarely reflect real-world performance, and it takes time to get a feel for how a new phone stands up.
We’ve been using the Nexus 5 as our daily driver for the past few days — just about long enough to get a good...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 2 Nov 2013 6:35 pm
A quick overview of the new Nexus's photographic capabilities
Google's Nexus smartphones don't have the best reputation when it comes to photography. The Galaxy Nexus's rear camera was a pretty big disappointment, and the Nexus 4's was little more than adequate, despite the introduction of new features like Photosphere. So will this year be any different? Google certainly seems to thinks so —...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 1 Nov 2013 1:22 pm
Come take a look at the future of Android
The Nexus 5 is upon us, and with it Android 4.4 KitKat. The latest Nexus handset combines high-end Android hardware with the latest pure Android straight from Google. In the new OS version, KitKat, the stock UI has seen its biggest visual overhaul since Android 4.0, with brighter colors replacing the old "Holo" blue. Many of the staple Android apps...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 1 Nov 2013 9:27 am
Hands-on photo gallery
While we prepare our hands-on coverage of LG and Google's latest Nexus handset, why not take a glance over our complete hands-on photo gallery? We've got a dozen or Nexus 5 photos waiting for you in the gallery after the break — enjoy!
Posted by Alex Dobie on 1 Nov 2013 8:09 am
With each new version of Android there's a new, hidden animation tucked away in a corner of the Settings app. In Ice Cream Sandwich it was a NyanCat-style bugdroid robot. In Jelly Bean it was a field of floating, happy multicolored beans. In Android 4.4 KitKat there are actually three layers to the hidden animation — first a big spinning "K," then an KitKat-style Android logo, then a big grid of...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 31 Oct 2013 6:33 pm
Android 4.3 is the end of the line for the Samsung-made Nexus
Galaxy Nexus owners, you might want to sit down for this. Your device won't be getting an official update to the newly-announced Android 4.4 KitKat. Quoth the Google support site:
Galaxy Nexus will not be receiving the Android 4.4 update. For more information about Galaxy Nexus, visit the Nexus Help Center.
Posted by Alex Dobie on 31 Oct 2013 2:01 pm
Here comes Google and LG's next big thing
Today brings an end to all the rumors, leaks and speculation — the LG-made Google Nexus 5 is finally official and the Google Play Store is now taking orders.
Here's the long and short of it: This year's Nexus handset is a 5-incher with a 1080p display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and 2GB of RAM. Storage comes in 16 and 32GB...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 31 Oct 2013 2:01 pm
Complete spec listings for Google and LG's five-inch Nexus phone
The Nexus 5 is finally official, bringing a top-level smartphone hardware paired with stock Android 4.4 KitKat at an affordable price point. Though pre-release leaks have told us a great deal about what's lurking beneath the Nexus 5's hood, it's worth taking a glance down the spec sheet now that everything's official, announced...