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GIF shows the evolution of the Nexus line

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GIF shows the evolution of the Nexus line
The Google Nexus smartphone line is just now seeing the release of its 5th iteration, although it has only been around for just under 4 years. The Nexus One was released in January of 2010 and was made by HTC. After that, the Nexus line was passed to Samsung for two models, and LG for two more. There has been a clear evolution, and that progress is easiest to see in a new GIF.

We've covered the evolution of the Nexus phones, but this GIF helps to more easily visualize the changes we've seen in the hardware from the Nexus One until the Nexus 5. It also helps to visualize the changes that the Android system has gone through from Android 2.1 Eclair until Android 4.4 KitKat. 

As you can easily see, the real transformation happened with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device saw a big jump in display size (which was somewhat off-set by the introduction of on-screen function buttons), and a complete overhaul of the system UI.

Given that Google has tended to save major UI overhauls for full .0 releases, we can't wait to see what's in store for Android 5.0. 


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posted on 04 Nov 2013, 12:18 17

1. Darth_Muffin (Posts: 18; Member since: 06 Oct 2013)


Nexus! Transform, and roll out.. :D

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 12:31

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2443; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Said by Peter Cullen and it would sound awesome!

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 08:27

32. lalalaman (Posts: 294; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Galaxy nexus and nexus 4 front looks same to me

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 12:20 11

2. Legnaldo (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I can't stop watching this gif!!!

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:17 3

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3301; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


liar...

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 17:13 1

29. Finalflash (Posts: 1568; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, I don't see how he could comment without stopping. It takes a bit of scrolling to get there on a 1080p screen and he'd have to be watching on one and commenting on another device to do it...or maybe open a while new window/tab or something....makes no sense really.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:08 2

17. SellPhones82 (Posts: 488; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I watched it for a few minutes when I first saw it on G+ this weekend...kinda mesmerizing...then at the end I say "there's my new phone!"

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 12:22 14

3. solomonsteve (Posts: 73; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


Too fast

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 12:37 3

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Agree.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 12:34

5. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Makes me appreciate the nexus 5 even more!

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 12:47 29

7. TBomb (Posts: 90; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


just for laughs: "The iphone would only need a .jpg"

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 12:53 6

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Good one. I lol'ed.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:11 2

10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3303; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


This is the most ridiculous thing I've read. The iPhone has evolved more than the nexus has.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:46 15

13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3940; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


That's laughable. Apple kept the same screen size for 5 years, uses the same design for 2 years at a time (though it is usually a good design), and up until iOS 7 all iPhones looked practically identical in terms of software. The Nexus gets a screen bump every year, is always changing design without making it foreign to users, and Android has been flipped over and renovated multiple times already in terms of design.

The Nexus has made more progress in enhancement to it's hardware and software design in 5 years than the iPhone has in 7.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:25

20. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the nexus was created by Google to be free from carrier crap, In the states the carriers still control the Nexus... until that changes, Nexus line will not evolved

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:40

21. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Not true. Any GSM Nexus bought from the Play Store is free of carrier anything.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:50

24. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


true but the mayority are bought from a carrrier store.. not the playstore

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:42 1

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"the nexus was created by Google to be free from carrier crap, In the states..."

Any proofs that Nexus was created especially for U.S. market to avoid U.S. carriers crap?

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:54

25. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


never used the word 'Specially' I said In The states, but when you are not in the States so don't worry about it

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:15

26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Ok, I will correct my question:

Any proofs that Nexus was created for States to avoid States carriers crap?

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:35 1

27. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


are you a lawyer?

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 05:23

31. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Out of reasonable arguments to validate your silly statements?

And no, I'm not lawyer, but I studied law few years ago.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 16:03

28. Tsoliades (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


The only Nexus phone that this has ever happened with is the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. The Nexus 4 from T-Mobile receives updates straight from Google, if I recall correctly.
But yeah, I agree with you there- the VZW Gnex was a joke.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:42

22. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I dare say the Nexus line has evolved more over any three consecutive iterations than the iPhone has in all seven.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:47

14. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 199; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


LOL, you're funny.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:11

18. TomTheNerd (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I laughed.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 18:40

30. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 182; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


That would slow down the gif.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 12:56

9. zekes (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


I'm android fanboy but Android did not support GIFs till froyo 2.2 lol sent from my iPad air

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:49 5

15. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 199; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Cool story bro, wanna tell it again? Sent from my ASUS laptop, stop that by the way.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:41

12. silencer271 (Posts: 149; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


anyway to see a side by side?This jus moves to fast and love to see all the specs from the beginning to now

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 13:53 2

16. Legnaldo (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


en(dot)wikipedia(dot)org/wiki/Comparison_of_Google​_Nexus_smartphones

your welcome :-)

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 14:17

19. fistigons (Posts: 262; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


My Nexus 5 just shipped today!

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