While there are dozens of phones which run their own flavor of the Android operating system, Nexus phones are the purest expressions of Google’s ideas. Google is preparing to launch a pair of new Nexus phones this fall, and thanks to rumors and leaks we’ve already got a good idea of what they’ll look like.
“What’s the best smartphone?” It’s a question I hear at least once or twice a month.
Nexus phones are essential tools for any Android fan or developer because of their lack of bloatware and regular system updates. Now, thanks to tweaks to the latest version of the operating system, it’s not that difficult to get a Nexus-style experience on any handset. Here’s how you can do it.
On Wednesday, Google launched Android Beta, a program designed to give developers (and other Android obsessives) a look at what’s next for the world’s most popular mobile operating system. For now, that means people can use the program to try Android N, the newest (and unreleased) version of Android.
Project Fi, Google’s carrier service, is a great idea currently stymied by a limited rollout. Only owners of Nexus 5X, 6, and 6P devices can test drive what it’s like to have Google as a carrier, for good or bad. Google’s now loosening that tight gadget grip a teeny bit and letting in data-only tablets free of charge,…
Google-designed Nexus phones have been beating the handsets designed by third-parties for a few years now, owing to their use of an unfettered stock Android. With the 6P, Nexus finally gets gorgeous hardware to match the luster of its powerful software. It’s the Android phone almost everyone should buy.
I have a confession to make. I love the Nexus 5. Despite its obvious flaws compared to newer and shiner phones (all of which I’ve tried and tested), the Nexus 5 has some intangible quality for me that no other phone has replicated before or since.
The original Nexus 5 was has remained one of my favorite phones since its launch. It just fit in my hand so perfectly, and it was fast as hell. Still, it was crippled by truly terrible battery life, and when longer-lasting phones came along I couldn’t help but switch.
Google’s next generation of Nexus, the hardware it uses as the premium example of how great just plain old Android can be, is now out in the smartphone wild—but it enters that world filled with some stiff competition.
In 2013, LG made the Nexus 5, and I loved it. It was a simple device, a slab of a phone really with 1080p LCD display and matte plastic finish. But at $350, it was incredibly cheap and held its own with the very best. Now, LG and Google return with the Nexus 5X.
The original Nexus 6 was a mammoth, and not just in size. It was a lovely combination of well-designed hardware and stock Android software, which made a huge phone finally feel right. How do you top the original? With a gorgeous aluminum body.
Welcome to our Google Nexus liveblog, where we’ll be feeding you all kinds of Google goodies from new Nexus Android phones to maybe a Chromecast or two. And hey! There might even be some sort of tablet!
Today, Google will unveil its latest Nexus phones — a Nexus 5X, made by LG; and a Nexus 6P, made by Huawei. Both will be stuffed with Android Marshmallow goodness, which isn’t just for developers anymore. And finally, we may get to ogle the next generation of Chromecast streamers too.
As the air turns crisp and iPhone lines wrap around Apple Stores, it’s time for another annual fall tradition: Google’s official unveiling of its newest flagship Android phone, the Nexus.
One month ago, we tried Google’s experimental cell phone service. It was a disaster. But I guess the second time’s a charm. After spending two weeks with Project Fi in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’m just about ready to ditch my old carrier.