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 Andrew Martonik on 2 Sep 2013 10:52 pm
$249 16GB model still on sale; no indication that more 8GB stock is on the way
Just a handful of days after Google cut the price of the Nexus 4 by $100, the phone has once again gone out of stock on the Play Store. While many of us have flashbacks to the stocking issues that hindered the device's launch, the store page prominently says to "please check back soon" for more inventory. But word...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 29 Aug 2013 6:11 am
Pre-orders go live today for £319.99, carrier also selling 32GB Wifi-only version
O2 has announced that it'll offer the LTE-capable version of the new Nexus 7 on its newly-launched 4G network, with a release scheduled for Sept. 13. The tablet will cost £319.99, and is available for pre-order now on "Pay As You Go" 4G plans, which come with 2GB of data to get you started. Pre-order customers...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 28 Aug 2013 2:05 pm
The Nexus 4's new price tag makes it cheaper than a lot of entry-level phones and older models
Google’s recent, dramatic price cut for the Nexus 4 on the Google Play Store has made it one of the best value handsets you can pick up. In fact, at £159 in the UK and $199 in the U.S., the Nexus 4 easily provides the best bang for your buy when buying an Android smartphone, with just a few caveats...
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 27 Aug 2013 8:30 pm
The best deal in smart phones just got better, but why is the price dropping?
Update: The official Google Play Twitter account has just confirmed the "25% off or more" sale for the Nexus 4 is active in Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Korea, US and UK.
Original story: When Google put the Nexus 4 up for sale at an unlocked price of $299 or $349 at launch, everyone knew it was an...
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 27 Aug 2013 8:58 pm
Latest Google tablet now available in more countries
Update: The New Nexus 7 is also available in France, Germany and Spain (priced at €229 and €269) and Japan (27,800 yen and 33,800 yen). Check your local Google Play Store by clicking the button on the left to see if it's available for you to buy.
Original story: Just as we had confirmed with our own sources previously, the 2013 Nexus 7 has...
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 22 Aug 2013 5:49 pm
Have the tools to restore your device to a factory state of the latest Android 4.3 build
Just as users are reporting a wide rollout of the latest Android 4.3 update, Google has posted factory images of build JWR66Y and JSS15Q for the Nexus 4, both Nexus 7's, Nexus 10 and GSM Galaxy Nexus. Factory images, if you'll recall, usually show up quickly after the announcement of a new OTA update, and...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 21 Aug 2013 5:37 am
It looks like that T-Mobile U.S. update advisory was right on the money. A few hours after T-Mo updated its support site with word of a security update for the Nexus 4, we're seeing signs that an update to build JWR66Y (from the earlier JWR66V) is pushing out to the Nexus 4 and (GSM) Galaxy Nexus. Posters on the XDA forums have said that they've received a small OTA update to the new version,...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 13 Aug 2013 2:12 pm
Prices start at C$229, shipping in 1-2 days from the Google Play Store
A few weeks after the new Nexus 7 went on sale in the U.S., Canadians can now get their hands on Google and ASUS' new tablet through the Google Play Store. The Wifi-only 16GB version of the tablet goes for C$229, while the 32GB model will set you back C$269. The tablets are listed as in stock and shipping within 1-2...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 9 Aug 2013 8:00 am
ASUS is to manufacture this year's 10-inch Nexus tablet, according to reports from Geek.com
In addition to being behind the highly-praised second-generation Nexus 7, ASUS might be about to replace Samsung as the manufacturer of a refreshed Nexus 10. That's according to Geek.com's Russell Holly, who has a pretty reliable track record in pinning down unannounced Google hardware.
Posted by Alex Dobie on 6 Aug 2013 5:28 am
Prices start at A$299, tablet 'due to arrive late August'
Australia is to be in the first wave of countries to get the new Nexus 7 following the U.S. launch, and now we have some more firm details as to when we can expect the tablet Down Under. Ausdroid has spotted the first Australian pre-order listing for the device at PLE Computers, where it's "due to arrive late August."
Prices start at A$...
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 31 Jul 2013 7:16 pm
It's the little things that count.
We've started building up a list of features that came with the Android 4.3 update, but sometimes it takes a little while to pick up on some of the more subtle changes. With this latest release of Jelly Bean, Google has finally figured out how to hide the status bar clock when your lock screen is displaying a clock — something that seems trivially easy and...
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 29 Jul 2013 10:58 pm
Owners of original Nexus 7's with sluggish performance should see a speed boost after the update
It seems that the curious case of the sluggish Nexus 7 has been solved with the inclusion of TRIM support in Android 4.3. TRIM is essentially a way for the device's software to communicate with the on-board storage to let it know when blocks are sitting unused and ready for garbage collection. This...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 26 Jul 2013 8:05 am
Best Buy and Walmart among stores selling the new tablet early
The new Nexus 7 won't be officially available until July 30, but that hasn't stopped some of the big-name brick-and-mortar retailers from selling a few tablets to customers ahead of the official date. AC reader Tony Hoffman tweets that both he and a friend were able to snag new Nexus 7s from two different Walmart stores. And The...
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 25 Jul 2013 6:00 pm
See what Google has changed since its first attempt at a 7-inch tablet
The original Nexus 7 was a serious improvement to Android tablets when it was announced last year, and Google is trying hard to build on its success with the newest iteration of the device. Dubbed the "New Nexus 7", it packs a new set of internals -- Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, rear camera and stereo speakers....
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 25 Jul 2013 5:22 pm
You have questions, we have the new Nexus 7
This is the device so many of us have been waiting for -- the successor to the original Nexus 7. With a new design, improved internals and a serious bump in screen resolution, the new Nexus 7 seems to check all of the boxes on paper. Now that things have settled down a bit following a whirlwind of news out of Google in San Francisco yesterday, we're...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 25 Jul 2013 5:00 am
Prices to start at £199.99 for 16GB, £239.99 for 32GB
Update: Ebuyer is now listing the new Nexus 7 for pre-order too, with availability expected for Aug. 29. That's a couple weeks before Dixons' stock date, but still a good month beyond the U.S. launch window.
Original story: The new Nexus 7 tablet might be hitting the U.S. before the end of July, but consumers in the UK could be in for a...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 24 Jul 2013 3:42 pm
If you watched Google's San Francisco presentation today and felt a little left out when only U.S. carrier support was mentioned for the new Nexus 7, fear not. Google's official spec sheet for the upcoming 7-inch tablet confirms that a European LTE-compatible SKU will be offered, with support for a whopping seven bands.
The spec sheet shows support for 800, 850, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100 and 2600...
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 24 Jul 2013 3:47 pm
Lighter, thinner, better built and with refreshed internals
Things have just wrapped up here at the Google "Breakfast" event in San Francisco, where we have our first hands-on with the new Nexus 7. A worthy successor to the original 7-inch tablet that really kicked off Android for the larger form factor, this ASUS-made unit has been improved in nearly every aspect. Starting with the build, the...