GIF shows the evolution of the Nexus line

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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32 Comments

1. Darth_Muffin

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 06, 2013

Nexus! Transform, and roll out.. :D

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Said by Peter Cullen and it would sound awesome!

32. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Galaxy nexus and nexus 4 front looks same to me

2. Legnaldo

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I can't stop watching this gif!!!

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

liar...

29. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

17. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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!"

3. solomonsteve

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

Too fast

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

5. GeekMovement unregistered

Makes me appreciate the nexus 5 even more!

7. TBomb

Posts: 1563; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

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

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

Good one. I lol'ed.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

21. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

24. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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?

25. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Ok, I will correct my question: Any proofs that Nexus was created for States to avoid States carriers crap?

27. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

are you a lawyer?

31. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Out of reasonable arguments to validate your silly statements? And no, I'm not lawyer, but I studied law few years ago.

28. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

14. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

LOL, you're funny.

18. TomTheNerd

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

I laughed.

30. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That would slow down the gif.

9. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

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

15. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

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

12. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 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

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