Google's Nexus Space smartphone still runs Marshmallow in 2029


April is just around the corner, and Google is already in the mood for pranks. In suitably geeky fashion, someone at the company updated the Android developer console with a new section titled "Reviews from Space". It's home to a single review that's ranked with 5 rocket ships and is written by an alleged astronaut named Alex Scott. It has been beamed to us all the way from April 1, 2029, which officially confirms travel through space and time. Well, maybe not quite.

Alex supposedly wrote the review on a "Nexus Space" smartphone. Codenamed "nexus16", the device information gives generous promises about what to expect from Google phones of the future. It has a screen resolution of 3000 by 2000 pixels, with a pixel density of 500 dpi, which adds up to a screen size of 7.2 inches. Being a 2029 flagship, the Nexus Space runs on a 128-bit processor and comes with 128GB of RAM, which ought to be enough for everyone's multi-tasking needs.

Alas, it seems the device hasn't been updated in a while, as it's still stuck with Android 6.0 Marshmallow as its operating system. Either Google made Marshmallow a truly future-proof platform, or it really needs to step up its updating game. Well, maybe not Google, but others certainly do. As Apple kindly pointed out this week, only 2% of Earth's Android devices run the latest version.

For better or worse, we have no semblence of an idea how the Nexus Space looks and feels like, but you can let this "artist's depiction" give you a clue about that, of sorts.


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19 Comments

1. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Nice prank. In 2029, I expect a 8k resolution screen, 256GB of DDR8 RAM, 20-core CPU at 16GHz!

4. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

If we're still using the same terms to define phones in 2029, I'm going to find someone responsible and punch them.

5. Frank_Underwood

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

^^This!^^ :D

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and transistor size already stop decreasing at that time, maybe scientist already find new form of processor or organic processor

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

AFAIK They are developing immersion, multi-patterning and EUV for 10-7nm They are trying to find a new transistor type for 5nm, possibly Gate-all-around FET/nanowire (EUV likely not fully ready until 5nm) Intel has announced they are changing from Tick-Tock (Process-Architecture) to Process-Architecture-Optimization Will be interesting to see if TSMC and Samsung run into a similar wall too

12. Colonel-Moris

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

We are still using the same terms to talk about computers that we were using decades years ago. Difference is that phones are now essentially full-blown computers so unless we see dramatic change in computer stage, we are going to be using the same terms to talk about phones as we are using now.

13. iyaliya

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

and lags in TouchWiz

14. Colonel-Moris

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

You are 10000 posts too late.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And a couple of years.

19. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Right, ted!

18. Arte9000Ver7.2.8Beta

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 20, 2016

and ios was extinct,android ruled.

2. NoAllegiance unregistered

We still holding phones in our hands?

20. Arte9000Ver7.2.8Beta

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 20, 2016

no you turn into an ape again!!!

3. Frank_Underwood

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Marshmallow on 2029? Time Travel may be?!

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Maybe Google pulls an OS X and keeps Android at the number 6 for over a decade?

16. Frank_Underwood

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Using 'OS X' as a verb - good one! :D

21. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

That wasn't a verb. "Pulls" is the verb in the sentence.

23. Frank_Underwood

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

grammarNazi.gif :-/

22. muji_789

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I hate the f*****g cheeeeeesy jokes

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