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 Feb 2012 7:19 pm
Previously only available to Sprint Nexus S 4G owners, Google's NFC-based payment app, Google Wallet, has just been updated to add support for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S on AT&T. So if you're a Nexus owner on AT&T, you can hit the Android Market and find out what all the fuss is about. We've confirmed that the app can now be loaded onto the unlocked Galaxy Nexus or any Nexus S,...
Posted by Anndrew Vacca on 2 Feb 2012 12:59 pm
Canadian contract-free carrier Mobilicity has announced that the Galaxy Nexus is now on sale, four days ahead of the expected February 6 launch. The Nexus is available in stores for $599, and comes with a free Samsung HM1100 Bluetooth headset for a limited time. The device's availability coincides with the two-year anniversary of the launch of the Mobilicity brand-- it also comes one day before...
Posted by Richard Devine on 15 Jan 2012 10:33 am
We've had the first retailers bring it up, we've had the first real promotional shots, and now we have the first real, actual shots of the white Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
The folks over at the AndroidHD Blog in Italy have snagged themselves some photos of the as-yet unreleased device. Worth noting is that as in the official renders, it's only the sides and the rear of the device that are white --...
Posted by Richard Devine on 15 Jan 2012 9:06 am
In the United Kingdom, we're fortunate enough to have had the brilliant Samsung Galaxy Nexus since mid-November. Almost two months on from release, what we're still yet to see are any of the OEM accessories for the device. Two of the leading British online retailers for mobile equipment, Expansys and Clove Technology, have now started to offer some actual timeframes for getting their stock of...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 13 Jan 2012 10:14 am
Google TV has seen a bit of a resurgance the past week or so with the announcement of new hardware partners, and now Google is possibly working on a new version of Google TV and bringing the software first to Korean manufacturer LG, according to a pair of anonymous sources speaking to Bloomberg.
Neither LG nor Google confirmed the report.
Posted by Alex Dobie on 6 Jan 2012 6:53 am
Posted by Alex Dobie on 6 Jan 2012 4:39 am
In addition to the recently-outed white Galaxy Nexus and Sprint 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus, it seems like the elusive 32GB GSM version is now on the horizon, too. So far all the GSM-flavored Nexuses sold in Europe and Asia (and imported into the U.S.) have been of the 16GB variety, but according to one British retailer, the 32GB version should be available in a little over a month.
Posted by Richard Devine on 3 Jan 2012 3:59 pm
We passed along the good news on Boxing Day about how Carphone Warehouse had slashed the price of the Nexus S to a few pence under £200. However they seemed to sell out of them almost immediately.
Well, good news. If you missed out last time, it's worth trying again because as the graphic here shows, they're currently back in stock. You won't see a link to the SIM free version on the main page...
Posted by Richard Devine on 26 Dec 2011 11:45 am
The UK sale wagon continues to roll, with the Samsung Nexus S being offered up by Carphone Warehouse for a few pence under £200 SIM free.
If you're anxious to get some pure Ice Cream Sandwich goodness but can't stretch to a Galaxy Nexus, at this price point the Nexus S is a bonafide bargain. Hit the source link for more information.
Source: Carphone Warehouse
Posted by Bla1ze on 19 Dec 2011 8:04 pm
Just in case you never caught the prolougue for the game while watching the Galaxy Nexus unboxing video, Clash Of The Nexus Ninjas is a real game that is currently available in the Android Market. Based on the previous generation Nexus unboxing videos by Patrick Boivin, you get to play the red ninja who has to protect his new Galaxy Nexus from the likes of the black and white ninjas who have...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 19 Dec 2011 1:11 pm
So apparently Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said something about a tablet to an Italian newspaper. Next thing you know, we have a Nexus tablet coming in six months or something. And you know what? That could totally happen. And you know what else? It already has.
Here's what Schmidt actually said (more or less, thanks to Google Translate):
"We in the next six months plan to market a...
Posted by Anndrew Vacca on 14 Dec 2011 12:56 pm
As if the warm weather, beautiful people, and awesome accents weren't enough for us to be jealous of our friends down under, here's another kick: Australian carrier Telstra is now offering Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, becoming the latest carrier to scoop Verizon for the device. On the carrier's cheapest $59/month plan, you'll be responsible for a $10/month handset payment; on the carrier's $79, $99...
Posted by Sean Brunett on 8 Dec 2011 9:36 am
We received word back in November that some Canadian carriers would begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on December 8th and that proved to be correct. The Galaxy Nexus is now available for purchase in Canada. It can be bought from either Virgin Mobile or Bell for $159 on a 3-year contract.
Rogers also announced back in November that they would take reservations, but the phone doesn't appear...
Posted by Joshua Munoz on 6 Dec 2011 7:44 am
We already knew that Google Wallet wasn't going to be on the Galaxy Nexus, but until now, it was purely speculatory. Unfortunately, Google has confirmed themselves that Wallet won't be on Verizon's Galaxy Nexus, and it was at the behest of Verizon themselves (shocker, I know).
Verizon asked us not to include this functionality in the product.
Yeah, we know it's probably because...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 30 Nov 2011 12:00 am
Seems like every time you turn around you'll see corporations using sneaky tricks to gain a competitive advantage over a different, yet equally sneaky corporation. That's usually how money is made by the people who are best at making lots of it -- at the expense of others. The cell phone industry is no different, even though we wish it were. Yes, I'm talking about Carrier IQ, and it's my turn...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 23 Nov 2011 1:55 pm
By now if you've been following the European Galaxy Nexus launch, you'll be aware of the infamous volume bug that results in volume levels spiking all over the place when the phone (or something else nearby) is in 2G mode on a 900MHz network. This morning Google and Samsung confirmed that they're aware of the problem and have a software fix ready to go. However that hasn't stopped the cries from...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 23 Nov 2011 8:26 am
There's been quite the hoopla over the past few days around the Galaxy Nexus volume bug -- that's the nasty little issue which results in the phone's volume levels going crazy when it's on a 900MHz 2G/EDGE network, or when it's exposed to RF interference from another phone that is.
We reached out to Samsung for comment on the glitch, and they've responded today with the confirmation that a fix...
Posted by Sean Brunett on 16 Nov 2011 8:40 pm
Well, well, it looks like our friends in the UK will be able to purchase a Galaxy Nexus starting Thursday. Phones4u announced today on Google+ that the retailer will have the flagship phone exclusively at their store in Oxford Circus (which is one of the busiest).
In addition to that awesome bit of news, the first 100 purchasers will get a £250 voucher for media content for the Nexus.
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 30 Oct 2011 8:04 pm
Hey, guess what. If you've been trolling around the Android Central Forums for the past day or so -- hey, it's Halloween weekend, but it's still the place to be -- you no doubt know by now that there's been a Samsung SCH-i515 -- you know that as the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus -- lurking in some source code on Sammy's site. You'll also realize that it's really not that big a deal, since...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 26 Oct 2011 11:46 pm
So right about now everybody's freaking out over what so many feared -- and what many of us have been saying for quite a while. There's a distinct possibility that Verizon will have some sort of exclusivity on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
First off, it ain't entirely true. There are caveats involved here, folks. But you knew that, because you're smart and you listen to the Greatest Android Pocast...