Google Confirms Nexus Line Of Devices Will Continue Even As Stock Android Devices Launch

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With the release of both the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as “Nexus User Experience” devices in the past two weeks, many have asked what Google plans to do with its Nexus lineup of devices? Well, they’ll keep on keeping on with the line as if nothing has changed. Google’s Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai says that Google will continue to make Nexus devices. “The goal behind Nexus was to guide the ecosystem. But that will continue as well.” That’s good news for Android fans as your choice of “stock” Android devices continues to grow and is doing so with some of the premiere devices in the Android lineup. In other words, more Nexus devices are planned, so now it’s just a matter of when, not if.

Walt: So you won’t make more Nexus devices?
Pichai: The goal with Nexus was to push forward hardware with partners. That will continue as well.

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  • Guest

    I was going to put first, but that’s stupid.

    • Napster87

      The fact that you even mentioned it makes you a loser. :/

      • mnaz105

        It was a joke you ass.

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Glad they are thinking with the left side of their brain, because the stock HTC and Samsung devices are priced ridiculously. Good job Google.

    • Aaron Peromsik

      They are not ridiculous relative to what the carrier-branded versions cost off-contract, or what you actually pay for the on-contract versions if you factor in the inflated price of service that pays the difference. Which is not to say I am about to spend $600 on a phone… but choice is good.

      • guest

        IMO Phone prices are inflated on purpose, in order to lure you into 2 year contract with “subsidy” excuses.

        • cja

          I don’t think phone prices are inflated on purpose at all. Last year when TMo was still offering value and classic plans side by side it was simple to see. You could save X amount a month over Y months you kept the phone. The break even point was usually around 20 months. Figure a 600 phone over 20 months is a 30/month subsidy. So for every 4 months extra they got they made 120 bucks. That is per subscriber. And that is only if you upgrade at exactly 24 months.

          I don’t know why everyone is complaining about the prices of the google experience phones.. it is the same as any other phone costs off contract.

        • MrWesley

          this is done in germany

        • kalel33

          They make a killing on selling you those phones for the prices they charge. When I used to work there I could see the prices that T-mobile paid for them, because we got a discount off of the price they paid. It was pretty eye opening on how much were gouged on the price.

        • cja

          You may be right.. I would really like to see the numbers. But electronics are expensive and making them smaller is always more expensive. I’m sure Tmo makes a big profit on them.. but it is a tiny part of their business so they need a decent margin. Way of the world. I’d still rather get gouged once on the device then monthly on the subsidy :)

        • kalel33

          I’d rather see the manufacturers offer the phones to other outlets, like the Nokia 521 being sold at Walmart. If the phones were sold to places like Amazon, like they are sold to T-mobile, then you’d actually have some choice, but I believe that the carriers/manufacturers don’t allow the phones to be sold at less than retail to give the carriers the profit margins.

      • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

        One word, ‘Nexus’

      • skullan

        Come to Canada. It will take a 3 year contract to get the same price that your carriers charge for 2.

  • Kufat

    I wonder how the breakdown of Nexus phones on AT&T vs. T-Mobile (in the USA) compares to the companies’ respective overall smartphone market share. I have the impression that Nexus phone owners were much more likely to pick T-Mo over AT&T than the general public, but I don’t have any real data to back it up.

    • Dakota

      ATT didn’t even sell it and if you went on att you paid full rate plans with no subsidy

    • thatuptowncat37

      most folks on At&t were there for Apple they had no real interest in the nexus device….

      • redman12

        Apple are also in T-Mobile, your argument is invalid. Nexus 4 can also be used on AT&T network.. AT&T customers could either move to T-Mobile network or the other way around.

        Big question is, how many subscriber did both T Mobile and & AT&T when Nexus went on sale..

  • Aaron Peromsik

    Excellent. They had me worried. Now it looks like a best-of-both-worlds kind of deal. Choice is good.

  • VapidRapidRabbit

    Hopefully the next Nexus has a microSD slot so I can consider buying one.

    • Graham Blackadder

      Never going to happen on the nexus line. Google wants everything stored in the cloud.

      • VapidRapidRabbit

        Well with them sticking to T-Mobile and my area being blanketed by… EDGE… not everyone can have fast access to the “cloud.”

        • steveb944

          Nexus works on AT&T far as I know.

        • kalel33

          Yeah it works on AT&T but they don’t have unlimited data, which pretty much negates the benefit of the cloud.

      • Guest

        When Google pays for my data plan, I’ll use their cloud more often.

        I prefer the option of using an SD card with the cloud as a backup instead.

  • NYCTheBronx

    It would be so awesome if they made a Google Nexus edition of a MyTouch 4G LTE, Sidekick 4G LTE & G3 4G LTE all with a 4 inch screen and high end specs. Ahh, only one can dream right? :)

    • Graham Blackadder

      Dreaming is about as close to that idea as you will get.

    • TechHog

      Make that 4.3-4.5 inches and it sounds good.

  • Encino Stan

    I am looking forward to seeing what the Texas built Moto X will bring to market.

    • thatuptowncat37

      dont look too hard as “Moto” will not be the one to bring anything to the Nexus table…..

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003386080045 John doe

        Moto has a hard-on for MotoBlur.

        • TechHog

          MotoBlur died years ago, and their current interface is really close to stock…

      • Encino Stan

        No. Motorola will not be building a Nexus phone. But they will be building phones with stock Android. If I have stock Android, then I don’t need the Nexus name.

        • ChristianMcC

          Let’s rephrase that to Google edition, as LG proved with the G2x that stock doesn’t always mean the same as a nexus.

  • None

    Who is tasked with updating Google Edition phones, the carrier or directly from Google?

    • ChristianMcC

      Google is directly updating them, just like nexus devices.

      • None

        My galaxy nexus is updated by Samsung, not Google. I was curious if this was going to be the same situation where Samsung updates the GE GS4 and HTC updates the GE One.

        • ChristianMcC

          A nexus device is never updated by the manufacturer, even in the case of the oft delayed updates to the Verizon galaxy nexus, Google updates the device with approval from the Verizon overlords. If Samsung updated it then delays would be much longer than a month or two behind the international.

        • None

          I think you may be wrong on that first sentence. I have a white Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I believe these devices are yakjuxw build and updated by Samsung.

        • ChristianMcC

          Sorry, I forgot about the unicorn:-) I changed mine a while ago to takju, but you’re right that the yakjuxw firmware white galaxy nexus is the one that is updated by samsung, thus the delay by weeks or months for the updates.

        • None