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 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.
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...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 24 Jul 2013 1:43 pm
Full HD display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB storage, 4G LTE option
Google has just taken the wraps of its new Nexus 7 tablet, and the spec sheet show it to be a significant upgrade upon last year's Tegra 3-powered version. Check past the break to see how things stack up.
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 24 Jul 2013 12:13 pm
We're live from Google's "Breakfast with Sundar," where the Android (and Chrome) chief is touting the next generation of Android tablet.
Putting things in perspective, he said, is that there have been more than 70 million Android tablets activated. That's more than 1 in 2 tablets running Android, he said. Of that, some 10 percent — that's 7 million — of Android tablets are the Nexus 7.
Posted by Alex Dobie on 24 Jul 2013 12:22 pm
After weeks of speculation and leaks, the next version of Jelly Bean is finally official
Google has announced a new version of Android — 4.3 Jelly Bean — at its breakfast event in San Francisco today.
As expected, version 4.3 brings new features and tools for developers, including Bluetooth Low Energy support and new for devs to interact with Android's notification center. OpenGL ES 3.0 is on...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 24 Jul 2013 12:58 pm
Go get 'em!
Android 4.3 has only just been announced, but Google has already published the Android 4.3 factory images (build JWR66V) for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (Wifi and 3G), Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus (yakju and takju variants).
These are images that allow you to directly update (and wipe) your device, installing the new OS from scratch. So if you don't want to wait for the OTA on your Nexus,...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 24 Jul 2013 4:50 am
$229.99 for 16GB, $269.99 for 32GB
Google isn't expected to officially take the wraps of its new Nexus 7 tablet until a little later today, but Best Buy has jumped the gun and is already offering the new tablet for pre-order. The "new Nexus 7" is listed in 16 and 32GB flavors for $229.99 and $269.99 respectively, with Wifi data connectivity only — we're not seeing the rumored LTE version...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 4 Jul 2013 7:52 am
White N4 'no longer available for sale,' says Google Play Store
Once an elusive beast captured only in blurry-cam photos from far corners of the world, it seems the white Nexus 4 has disappeared back into the shadows, at least for the moment. The device is now sold out on the U.S. Google Play Store, where both the 8 and 16-gigabyte versions are marked as "no longer available for sale." So if...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 1 Jul 2013 10:43 am
After two months with TouchWiz, what's it like to go 'stock' on Samsung's latest smartphone?
The running joke whenever we discuss the Google Play edition Galaxy S4 is that you can sum things up in just one sentence — it’s the Galaxy S4, with stock Android. Really, if you understand the vanilla “Nexus” UI, as it exists on the Nexus 4, and you understand the Galaxy S4’s hardware, as it exists on...