With all of the different names and types of devices out there, it can be tough to decipher and keep track of what each device family is all about. There are, of course, many different types of iPads, Samsung Galaxy tablets and phones, and Droids. But one highly sought after line of consumer electronic devices is known as Google Nexus, and it has quite a substantial number of products available in the Nexus product line.
Each new Google Nexus device runs the latest version of the Android operating system, and are all considered Google’s flagship Android devices. So, here’s everything you need to know about Google Nexus. They mostly do not contain any wireless carrier modifications, although devices sold through carriers are mostly locked to that carrier through the device’s SIM card. Unfortunately, that mostly means that any Google Nexus device bought through a wireless carrier take longer to receive their software updates. However, they are usually still the first among Android devices to receive updates to the operating system. There are currently six smartphones and four tablets in the Google Nexus product line, including the Google Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 tablet and a Nexus Player set-top box.
The Nexus 6 smartphone was first announced in October 2014, and runs the latest version of Android, Lollipop 5.0. It has a massive 5.96″ display with Quad HD AMOLED technology. It has an incredibly zippy Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad core 2.7 GHz processor and an Adreno 420 GPU, and comes with 32GB or 64GB options for storage. The Google Nexus 6 also has 3GB of RAM and a 13 MP rear camera, as well as dual front facing stereo speakers. It’s the latest smartphone in the Google Nexus line, and will run you $649 for a sim-free, unlocked phone.
The latest Google Nexus tablet is the Nexus 9, which was also announced back in October 2014. The Nexus 9 is the fourth tablet in the series, and it runs Lollipop 5.0. It has a nice 8.9″ LCD display. It also has a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 “Denver” processor and dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound. The device is available now in a 16GB model for $399 or $479 for a 32GB model. There is also a Nexus 10 out there, which is, naturally, a 10-inch tablet.
As far as media players are concerned, the Nexus Player was also announced in October 2014. It’s a streaming media player that runs Android TV, and can be used with a Gamepad for Android gaming on your TV.
It’s also important to note that the Google Nexus 7 is NOT the next Nexus smartphone, but is actually the first Google Nexus tablet that was released in June 2012. Now, the new Nexus 7 you mostly see floating around at retailers is actually the second generation of the tablet, which is just an updated version of the original that was released just a year later. And, here’s another little tidbit that’s worth noting: the owners of sci-fi author Philip K. Dick’s estate actually claimed that the Nexus One name was taken from one of the author’s novels.
Generally speaking, the Google Nexus line of products offers great value and great performance with smooth operation and good battery life. None of the devices really feel ground-breaking, but they’re positioned to be the best in their price range. So if you’re on the fence about picking up a Nexus, I highly suggest that you go ahead and pick one up, because you won’t find better devices in their price range.