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Definition: Google Nexus


An Android smartphone and tablet brand from Google that was "pure Android," meaning that there were no added user interface features or extra apps from the device maker or carrier.

Open Source or Closely Controlled
Although Google promotes Android as an open source platform for all hardware vendors, it collaborates with some of them to create devices that must adhere to Google standards. In 2010, Google sold the HTC-manufactured Nexus One directly from its website. Subsequently, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus phones from Samsung were offered by the carriers. In 2012, Google resurrected its e-commerce site to directly sell Nexus devices from Samsung, LG and others.

Motorola Mobility - In, Then Out
Also in 2012, Google acquired Motorola's phone division (Motorola Mobility), and although later spun off to Lenovo, Motorola introduced the Nexus 6 phone in 2014. Tablets from HTC followed. Also in 2014, a set-top box made by Asus was introduced (see Nexus Player), and smartphones from LG (Nexus 5X) and Huawei (Nexus 6P) came out in 2015.

From Nexus to Pixel
In 2016, Google introduced the Pixel smartphone. Made by HTC, the Pixel brand is the successor to the Nexus lines (see Pixel phone). See Android and Nexus One.




Google Nexus 6P
Introduced in late 2014, Motorola's Nexus 6P phone (left) shared the same 2560x1440 resolution as the Galaxy Note 4. The Nexus 6 was the first device to support Google's wireless network (see Google Fi). (Image courtesy of PCMag.com.)