Google might nix the Nexus portfolio in 2015, replace it with Play Edition gear
1. vedraj (Posts: 28; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
that means will there be another nexus this year??
32. MobileNico (Posts: 52; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
No, they shouldn't. What have they made in the past year (or two, even) that justifies them making the next Nexus? The One is the only standout device they've released, but A) the camera is sub-par B) there was a Play Edition made of it. I do love the premium build and sound quality of it, so if they could incorporate that while improving the camera quality for a Nexus device, they might have something there.
45. jdot104 (Posts: 49; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
I agree. I'd like for Sony to make the next Nexus, but in order to follow the Nexus 5 they're gonna have to keep the costs down. Waterproofing isn't a big deal so they can scrap that.
2. Rager722 (Posts: 136; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)
So who's manufacturing the last nexus device?
6. alterecho (Posts: 1082; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
I think the honors should go to Sony.
Also, i think 'Play edition' will be renamed to just 'Nexus edition' or just 'Nexus'.
11. EgyDroid (Posts: 104; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)
Change name to nexus. don't thing so
e.g: Galaxy s5 nexus
But PLEEEEEASE sony nexus, PLEEEEEEEASE
21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4079; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Yes sir a waterproof Nexus from Sony would be so SWEET!!!
I am so with you.
33. MobileNico (Posts: 52; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
Sony would be a decent choice to manufacture the next Nexus. A waterproof phone with a great camera and stock Android would very likely be a winner for Google. But Sony has yet to release a winner by themselves, so perhaps this is why they haven't gotten their 15 minutes of Nexus fame.
4. bkzebraphone (Posts: 37; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)
That kinda sucks IMO. Now we really have to dish out like $500+ to get a flagship phone. The nexus was high specs, latest android updates but also affordable. Or more affordable than most flagships off contract. At least motorola makes good quality phones with reasonable price. I guess we'll just wait and see.
8. boosook (Posts: 1009; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Seems logical. It was clear that the game had to end, at last.
10. sss_ddk (Posts: 61; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Wondering why the "at last". How was the Nexus line bothering you?
13. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 370; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
I saw some changes coming to the Nexus line but I thought it would just be some rebranding because of the design differences between the Nexus 5 box and previous boxes... Google clearly wanted it to be perceived differently. I just hope it is rebranding and I'll still be able to pay $400 for a 32gb phone with great hardware and software.
14. docj8404 (Posts: 72; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
A lot of you probably won't agree, but I would welcome a slight price increase when it came to the Nexus line of devices, especially if I'm receiving a solid device all the way around. Google has "messed up" in the sense that it would be incredibly hard to return to pricing its Nexus devices at typical flagship prices after consumers have been accustomed to paying subcontract prices the past 2 years. I believe Google may be tired of taking a hit, however big, when it comes to pushing Nexus devices, so a rebranding of the Nexus line may be a viable way of changing this. Marketing marketing marketing.
On the bright side, maybe Google won't have to charge $49.99 for a semi-functional case in order to recoup lost hardware profits anymore.
15. Professor (Posts: 142; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
I have and use a Nexus 4. I still have not buy a Nexus 5 because my reasons to upgrades are a slightly bigger screen and official LTE support (my Nexus 4 is set to get LTE)... But T-Mobile still don't have LTE (or still I have able to find a place where I can get LTE signal) in NYC not even with my girlfriend T-Mobile Galaxy S4. Once T-Mobile has LTE in NY then I upgrade my phone. There is no compelling reason before. I hope Google still selling Nexus 5 or 6 by then.
20. droidboy (Posts: 33; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)
I am on verizon so no nexus for me anyway... But I love the nexus 7 tablets and I really hope they will have google play tablets with the great specs and fair pricing....
22. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 867; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Getting a pure Nexus device for the 1st time I can say that the Nexus 5 "Nexus" brand should be continued. To drop the line so that greedy partners can make sales is ridiculous. Samsung makes lots of sales, and prove's that the Nexus line does not really affect sales if the phones are what the main stream consumer desires. Greedy partners wanting to sell play edition versions will fail because they are over charging way too much for in my opinion less smoother performing devices in most cases.
Plain Vanilla Nexus devices with lower specs such as camera does not take away from partner sales. However if you want a smooth no bloat device I concede that the Nexus line should not go away. Device's like the S4, or Note 3 will always sell because of what they offer vs the plain Vanilla Android experience.
30. bilalahmed247 (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)
he is wrong beacuse he hate Nexus line
28. imkyle (Posts: 989; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
They better lower the costs of the Google Play Editions phones then. You cannot go from $349 for a phone to $649.
29. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
that is fine, I guess, I will save more money for a Note 3 or 4, whenever I decide to change out phones, again.
31. bilalahmed247 (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)
if this happen i have to leave android
35. MobileNico (Posts: 52; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
Sad news, if true. Solid phones built as Google intends with top-end specs and stock Android is all I want. And dat price! I'm sure there are many who agree with me. I suppose there's always Motorola. Sigh.
36. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
How reliable is he?
I think I'll remain sceptical until someone that actually works at Google says something about it.
37. Stuntman (Posts: 720; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
Android manufacturers don't like being undercut by Google in price.
38. Phonecall01 (Posts: 130; Member since: 02 Apr 2009)
This is not necessarily a bad thing. "Nexus" is just a brand. I think a "Play edition" of various Superphone coming out soon would be pretty bad ass. hint: Play edition S5, Z2, G2. I only wish Nokia would get in on this. A Play Edition 41MP like device would be quite something.
40. renz4 (Posts: 228; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
stock android is one thing but what people really care about nexus is price. of course the Play Edition can give you nexus experience on other device but often the price will still the same as the non Play Edition counterpart. nexus program might not affecting google big partners like samsung but for much smaller partner it is hard to compete with google selling at cost. google can still make profit from Play store but for partners most of them only rely on hardware sales to get profit.
39. JunitoNH (Posts: 906; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
You guys are missing the point. Google like anyone else, is in business to make money. The Nexus brand doesn't sell well. Google sold appro. 3 million Nexus 4, that is nothing. Devices are not mainstream, and don't sell well with the general population.
41. Rager722 (Posts: 136; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)
Think the UNTHINKABLE! Nokia Nexus!!!!! The world ends right after that.
42. joseram695 (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 May 2012)
My concern is would they still be affordable priced like the nexus line phones?
44. docj8404 (Posts: 72; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
Google should of NEVER released their Nexus devices at such a low price point to begin with. I will happily pay $499 - $599 for a high end device with high end specifications & software features. There's an inherent sentiment of "cheap" that comes along with a flagship sold at an entry level price & quite frankly, I think it'll be near impossible to get people to pay $649 now that they've become accustomed to something much less expensive.