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 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...
Posted by Anndrew Vacca on 26 Oct 2011 9:12 pm
In case the suspense isn't already killing you, Verizon Wireless has launched its sign-up page for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a sure sign that Android's next poster child is oh-so-close. In exchange for your email address, Verizon promises to keep you up-to-speed on Galaxy Nexus information and offers you one of the first spots in line for the device. Hit the source link to sign up and remember:...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 19 Oct 2011 8:33 am
Youtube link for mobile viewing
Google's posted the official event video. Enjoy.
Posted by Alex Dobie on 18 Oct 2011 10:31 pm
Update: Three has announced that it'll carry the Galaxy Nexus in the UK.
Samsung and Google have just announced the initial launch plans for the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus on-stage at the Samsung Unpacked event in Hong Kong. The phone will launch in November in the US, Europe and Asia, including Japan, where it'll be available on NTT DoCoMo. No word on network availability for the US or EU just...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 18 Oct 2011 9:28 pm
Samsung and Google have just announced the latest in the latest entry in the Nexus line of phones at the Samsung Unpacked event in Hong Kong, handing out press kits a bit early. It's the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, powered by stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Galaxy Nexus is the device we've previously heard called the Nexus Prime, a phone that's appeared in a number of leaks over the past few...
Posted by Bla1ze on 18 Oct 2011 6:50 pm
We've seen quite a bit of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the past little while but as we get settled in for the full unveiling things are starting to come together -- like the Galaxy Nexus website. When that happens, people tend to get nosy and start poking around and oh what wonders they find. Along with a good look at the front side of the device we can now get a better peek at it's back side....
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 8 Oct 2011 8:42 am
Surprise! There's going to be a GSM version of the next Nexus phone, which also will be coming to Verizon. Go figure, eh? Look, there are still a bunch of questions to be answered surrounding the next Nexus phone -- official name chief among them. But as we've been saying (over and over), even if Verizon has some sort of up-front U.S. exclusivity on the next hottest phone, and it might well be...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 7 Oct 2011 9:00 pm
Way too much hay has been made over Google and Samsung's decision to postpone Tuesday's Nexus/Ice Cream Sandwich event at CTIA in San Diego. It's disappointing, to be sure -- especially to those of us who were going to be there. Samsung and Google events, separately, are something to experience. Put them together, and, well, we can only imagine. But it's also disappointing for everyone else, as...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 7 Oct 2011 12:42 pm
Update: Google's explained why the delay. Works for us.
"We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs's passing."
Original: We've just gotten official word from Kim Titus, director of public relations for Samsung Telecommunications America, regarding the postponement of next week's event at CTIA. Here's the word:
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 6 Oct 2011 5:12 pm
Given how ridiculously goofy the Internet's gotten today, we suppose one more story won't hurt. The Androiddevelopers YouTube channel has a placeholder live event up, cryptically named "Android ICS Launch." It's timed to go live on Tuesday. That's also when the Google-Samsung event is scheduled for CTIA, but that might just be a coincidence. We're going to check with our super secret anonymous...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 6 Oct 2011 4:01 pm
Possible specs for the next Nexus phone have been published by BGR this morning for the phone you see above. They are: a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution, a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor at 1.2 GHz. 1GB of RAM. Some 32GB (!) of storage. A 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front shooter. 1080p video recording. NFC, and a 1750 mAh battery. "Pure Google" experience. It's a Nexus phone,...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 5 Oct 2011 12:36 pm
We're getting a little too excited over this little feature, but it's one we're happy to see on another phone. See those three dots we're circled in Samsung's teaser of what's to come next week at CTIA? Those point to probably contact charging.
That's a feature that never quite took off like we'd hoped. We first saw it on the Nexus One with the desktop dock and car dock, and later on the myTouch...
Posted by Bla1ze on 5 Oct 2011 1:14 am
Something big is coming from Samsung -- as they just let the world know with their latest video for Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011. The event this year will be held during CTIA in San Diego, CA where we're expecting to see the Nexus Prime fully revealed.
You can hit the break for the video - not much to go on really but you could say it certainly has our interest piqued. Also, can't help but note...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 29 Sep 2011 4:32 pm
A list of the installed apps in the ROM for the Verizon Nexus Prime has been leaked, and they are unsurprisingly bloat free! OK. That's not surpring since it's a Nexus device, but surprising because it's Verizon. Some of us (cough) thought would never happen.
(And I'm required by law and/or Phil to point out that we first brought Verizon into the Nexus equation way back in June.)
We have no idea...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 28 Sep 2011 7:39 pm
Allow us a little inside baseball here. We normally don't post every event we're invited to at the usual trade shows. We'll be there, and you know we'll be there. But this one's a little different.
Behold the invitation to the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 "Google Episode" at CTIA in San Diego. So, first, it's the "Google Episode." That's new. Second, they're going to stream it for everyone to...
Posted by Bla1ze on 2 Sep 2011 4:15 pm
Some Samsung Nexus S owners are seeing Android 2.3.6 roll out to their devices. We say some, because not all devices and not all carriers appear to be supported as of yet, though Google states the update will be rolled out over time and in some cases -- depend on carrier approval. Sprint has an update, GWK15F, posted on their site while folks in Canada on Rogers and Fido are also seeing an...
Posted by Anndrew Vacca on 1 Sep 2011 2:25 pm
Since NASA launched the final Atlantis shuttle mission earlier this summer, the two Nexus S devices on board have been hard at work upgrading three SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites) aboard the shuttle. NASA has expressed interest in Android due to its open-source nature, which has enabled engineers to build the sensor logging app that is currently...