In Pics: The history of Google Nexus phones

Google Nexus is a line of consumer electronic devices that run the Android operating system. Google manages the design, development, marketing, and support of these devices, but some development and all manufacturing are carried out by partnering original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The product family consists mostly of mobile devices—six smartphones and four tablet computers have been released to date. As of April 2015, the devices currently available in the line are the Nexus 6 smartphone (made with Motorola Mobility), Nexus 9 tablet (made with HTC), and Nexus Player digital media player (made with Asus).




nexus one

The Nexus One was manufactured by HTC and released in January 2010 as the first Nexus phone. It was released with Android 2.1 Eclair, and was updated in May 2010 to be the first phone with Android 2.2 Froyo. It was further updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It was announced that Google would cease support for the Nexus One, whose graphics processing unit (GPU; Adreno 200) is poor at rendering the new 2D acceleration engine of the UI in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Nexus S and newer models have hardware designed to handle the new rendering. It was the only Nexus device to have card storage expandability (SD).


nexus sThe Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung, was released in December 2010 to coincide with the release of Android 2.3Gingerbread. In December 2011 it was updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with most variations later being updatable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in July 2012. The device’s support was ended after 4.1 Jelly Bean and no longer receives updates from Google.





galaxy nexus

The Galaxy Nexus, manufactured by Samsung, was released in November 2011 (GSM version, US released on Verizon December 15, 2011) to coincide with the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device support was ended after 4.3 Jelly Bean and no longer receives updates from Google. This device is known in Brazil as Galaxy X due to a trademark on the “Nexus” brand. It is also the last Nexus device to have a removable battery.




nexus 4

The Nexus 4 smartphone was released in November 2012 and manufactured by LG, Also known as LG Nexus 4, LG Mako. It was the first Android device that used Android’s 4.2 Jelly Bean update version. Nexus 4 is the first Nexus device to have wireless charging capabilities. It was updated to Android 4.3 in June 2013 and to Android 4.4 in November 2013. It can run the latest version of Android, 5.1, as of April 2015.




The Nexus 5 smartphone, again manufactured by LG, was scheduled for sale on October 31, 2013 for US$349 at the Google Play store. It is the first device to use Android 4.4 named KitKat.






nexus 6The Nexus 6 is a smartphone developed by Motorola Mobility, originally running Android Lollipop 5.0 (upgradeable to 5.1). It was first announced on October 15, 2014.

  • Display: 5.96″ 1440×2560 pixel (493 ppi) Quad HD AMOLED PenTile (RGBG) display
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 – Quad Core 2.7 GHz
  • Modem: Qualcomm MDM9625M
  • Cameras: 13 MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens featuring OIS; 2 MP front camera
  • Battery: 3220 mAh with Turbo Charging technology
  • GPU: Adreno 420
  • Storage: 32 or 64 GB
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Speakers: Dual front facing stereo

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