Google Nexus – A History of the Smartphones

One doesn’t need an introduction when it comes about the Google Nexus – The uncompromising flagship electronic products of Google. Each device is unique in its specifications, design and performance. Starting from the Nexus One, the Google Nexus has turned into one most desired range of Android smartphone. Nexus lines has not only the smartphone, but also touches tablets and players.


While the smart phones and Tablets are designed, featured and fully supported by Google, the actual hardware building is assigned to the leading smartphone makers. This provides a distinguished experience for the users as the performance and build quality differs from one maker to another.

There are several devices under the Nexus – 6 under smartphone and 4 under tablet segments. Apart from these there are digital players Nexus Q and the Nexus Player. Let’s take a dip into the flagship phones that come under The Nexus.

Nexus One

The HTC Google Nexus One, or shortly the Nexus One is the first Nexus device developed by Google. It was released in the US and UK on January 5, 2010. It was later supplied to other countries in mid of 2010.

The smartphone was released with Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating System, and features 3.7 inch Super LCD screen with WVGA resolution, Speech – to – text translation, noise cancelation and turn by turn guidance for maps, 5 Megapixel auto focus rear shooter with built in image and video editor.

The phone facilitated users to download and install applications onto its 32 GB expandable SD card, in addition to its 512 Megabyte internal memory.

The phone was later updated to Android 2.2 (Froyo) which added WiFi Tethering and Multitouch capabilities. Although the phone was greatly appreciated for its performance and styling, it was criticized for its inaccurate and erroneous multi touch gesture feature.

Google stopped support for Nexus One from Android 4.0 (ICS) saying that the phone specs were too old for the software. Yet update till Android 4.4.2 is available through CyanogenMod.

Nexus S

Google Nexus S was co developed by Google and Samsung. It was announced in Web Summit 2.0 in December 2010 and was released in various versions and codenames all over the world in the same month.

Nexus S is the first Android smartphone which came with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is also the first Android smartphone that comes with NFC (Near Field Communication) equipped. The phone featured a 4.0 inch WVGA resolution and sported similar features of Samsung Galaxy S and came with both AMOLED and Super LCD versions. The phone had a 1 GHz Cortex Processor with 512 MB RAM, 16 GB memory, 5 MP rear shooter and a VGA front camera.

Nexus S was supported by Google to get updates till Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Galaxy Nexus

Galaxy Nexus was the third Generation Nexus device from Google and a Second product from the Google – Samsung partnership, after Nexus S. The device was announced and released in November 2011.

Galaxy Nexus was the first smartphone to come with Android 4.0 (ICS) with an updated user interface containing on screen soft keys and menus. The phone was later supported for Android 4.3 The smartphone features a 4.6 inch Super AMOLED display with 1280×720 pixel resolution. It ran on a 1.2 GHz Cortex Processor, 512 MB RAM. The device also supported host mode and device mode (OTG) USB and a HDMI connectivity.

There were couple of cameras, the rear shooter is a 5 MP auto focus camera with 720p video recording and the front is a 1.3 MP camera.

Nexus 4

Nexus 4 was built by LG and was announced in November 2012. The Nexus 4 is the first phone to be running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and to receive Android 5.0 (Lollipop).

The smartphone sports a 4.7 inch IPS display with 720p HD resolution. Powered by 1.3 GHz quad core snapdragon processor, the phone runs with 2 GB of RAM and has 16/32 GB ROM. The phone also has an 8 MP rear shooter and a 1.3 MP front camera.

Nexus 5

Nexus 5 was the fifth device released under the Nexus line by Google and second device developed by LG. The device was also the first device to come under Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System and was released in October 2013.

The device has a 5 inch display with 2.2 GHz quad core processor and 2 GB RAM with 16/32 GB ROM. It has an 8 MP autofocus rear shooter and a 1.3 MP front shooter.

The device has got updated to the latest version of Android (Lollipop) recently.

Nexus 6

Nexus 6 is the first device designed by Google and built by Motorola. It was announced in October 2014. Its the most expensive smartphone in the nexus line and the first phone to come with Android 5.0 (Lollipop).

The smartphone features a 5.96 inch AMOLED display with 1440x2560px resolution. Runs on Snapdragron S4 2.7 GHz with 3 GB RAM and 32/64 GB internal memory. The phone has 13 MP rear shooter with rotating LED and image sensors, and 2 MP front shooter.

In the tablet section we have Nexus 7 (1st Gen), Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10 and Nexus 9 tablets developed and marketed by Google in the same way which I’ll discuss later.

Which smartphone did you like the most???


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