After months and months of rumors of new releases, it seems that Google Nexus could soon disappear for good. However, the announcement has not come directly from the tech giant—yet.
Eldar Murtazin, a Russian blogger, used Twitter to announce that from 2015 the Google Nexus line would disappear. To replace the gap that removing Nexus would create, the tech company is apparently expanding its Play Edition instead.
There have already been various Play Edition devices released. HTC produced the One during the summer of 2013 and Samsung released the Galaxy S4. What is the difference between the Nexus and Play Editions? The main one is that the Play Editions have no OEM software. They run pure Android, which means there is very little “bloatware” using up space on the devices.
Google does not directly update these devices. Without the OEM software, the manufacturers are left to offer the updates for customers, which means a delay. The Google Nexus devices are updated directly by the source company, so they always get the new versions of Android before everyone else.
It is difficult to tell whether the Russian blogger is telling the truth, and he has not yet shared where the information has come from. Murtazin has made predictions on technology in the past, with some turning out to be very wrong. He also stated that there would be new Nexus devices during 2014, so is Google Nexus really going to disappear?
The Nexus line of products hit the shelves back in 2010. Since then, there have been three tablets and five phones, including the Nexus 5, 7, and 10. The Nexus 5 was released quietly in the last third of 2013, along with the second generation Nexus 7 tablet. Rumors spread that the Google Nexus 10 2 was on its way in time for Black Friday and then Cyber Monday. When neither of those dates panned out, tech enthusiasts predicted the start of the year would see the second generation 10-inch tablet. Google has been extremely tight-lipped about the release of any new Nexus tablets, annoying customers all over the world.
Tom’s Hardware explains that by moving to the Play Edition line, Google will no longer be restricted to the manufacturers it works with. At the moment, the Play Edition covers four different companies, including Samsung and HTC, but could work on so many more. Nexus products have stuck to a handful of manufacturers, including Samsung and Asus.
The question many people have is how the move will affect the price. Nexus products have always been affordable and cheaper than many other similar devices on the market, and that includes many Android products. By moving to the Play Edition, the manufacturers will have the choice over the price, and that could change it considerably. Some of the devices out there are already $100 more than Nexus products, at least. However, there are some devices that are cheaper, such as the Motorola Moto G, which is $170 less than the Google Nexus 5.
So far, the rumors are simply that—rumors. Murtazin has not shared the details with where he got the news about Google Nexus disappearing and he has gotten predictions wrong in the past.
By Alexandria Ingham