Poll: will you miss the good old Nexus?

Poll: will you miss the good old Nexus?
In about 24 hours, we will be getting our first glimpse of the next Google-branded smartphones — the Pixel and Pixel XL. The Nexus line that we've known for years now will be put to sleep as this new brand attempts to establish itself in the mainstream and grab a piece of the pie.

So, what's the difference? In reality, the Pixel phones will still have flagship hardware, vanilla Android (as-Google-intended), and timely updates for at least 2 years after release. Well, in short, the Pixels are going to be more of a Google phone than the Nexus was. The search giant isn't using the #madebygoogle hashtag without having a point.

The Nexus smartphones were the result of a collaboration between Google and a popular manufacturer. They usually carried a lot of the DNA of said manufacturer's smartphones — in some cases, you could say that the Nexus for a particular year looks like a spinoff of its creator flagship for the same period, only with vanilla Android and software support directly from Google.

With the Pixels, Google is taking over, it seems, and while it may still sign deals with smartphone manufacturers to build the actual phone, it looks like the company wants to control the full user experience — outside and in.

So, are you looking forward to a #madebygoogle smartphone? Or did you happen to enjoy watching the results when a new Nexus turned out to be a hybrid between its manufacturer's and Google's ideologies? Or maybe you don't care, as long as the Pixels are good?

Will you miss the Google Nexus line?

Yes, I weep for our sweet Nexus!
45.35%
I don't really care, as long as the Pixels are good products.
39.67%
No, I am super-excited for a phone that is more Google and less someone else!
14.98%

Related phones

Pixel
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2770 mAh(26h talk time)
Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)

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27 Comments

1. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I'm tired of Google missing some key opportunities. IMO, they truly hit a homerun with the Nexus 5. Bezels were PERFECT, and overall design was absolutely fantastic. The only key shortcomings they needed to address: Battery life and Camera performance. Everything else about the phone was perfect. It can still keep up with some of the best flagships out there in terms of processing and gaming performance. Now, Google has settled on coming out with phones that look exactly like iPhones, having the ugliest rear I've ever seen on a phone, and getting rid of the awesome Nexus branding. It is getting more and more difficult to stand by them.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I actually find the back of the pixel phones to be pretty pleasing to the eyes. I will agree that the front looks like an iPhone and I am no fan of that decision. Also I thought the 5X was a home run as well but that could just be me.

7. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

No you're right, the 5X was actually a great phone. Only problem: there were reports of the performance not being consistent, so I never gave it a try. Hopefully the back of the pixel phones grow on me.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

My mom has the 5X and I can't accurately say if it has performance issues because every time I used it, it was flawless lol. Maybe it will, or perhaps they will have an unknown color combo that you like.

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'd say almost perfect bezels I dont like the that bottom bezel is much bigger than the top bezel If the bottom was the same size as the top, then they'd be totally perfect And yea, I hope the Pixel 2's front looks more like the 6P While I like the HTC 10's speakers more than the 6P's, I'd also perfer if they were front facing too

2. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

if the pixel line has micro SD support no i wont miss it

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Sadly, I think that might have been a typo on the source page. Though if it wasn't and it does support micro SD then I'll be jumping up and down with excitement!

27. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

Strongly doubt it will have micro SD card support

3. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Honestly I'm still trying to hold out hope that google probably has a surprise in store for us tomorrow. I mean, is this what they offer for the so called first google phone? I don't even have a problem with the design funny enough as I know that they'll turn out to be fantastic looking phones in real life. But for those specs and that price? So how do you convince a samsung/htc/lg/moto user to get this phone? Faster updates? Ok what else? Heck even the camera with its 2.0 aperture looks a little underwhelming

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Last year's Nexus 6P took amazing photos. If this year's camera is the same if not a little better than you need not worry about the photo quality. I'm also excited about the prospect of being able to store unlimited full resolution images to Google Photo.

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'm still not 100% convinced the Nexus line is dead. I understand why Google would want their own "brand" of phone meant for the masses, differentiated from the Nexus line which, while they probably hoped it'd be popular, largely was intended for the development community. There's a reason the Nexus line had unlockable bootloaders, development previews available to the public (and not just OEMs), etc. There's also a reason each new version of Android incorporates features created by hobbiest developers like CyanogenMod. If the Pixel line doesn't have the openness for independent development, the Nexus line will still have its place

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

There's one little nagging theory I have in the back of my mind that's been there for quite some time now.... With Andromeda, which I imagine will eventually make its way to Pixel devices once it's ready for consumers, It's a mix between Android and Chrome OS... One of the things about Chrome OS is that regardless of who designed the hardware, the software experience is 100% the same across the board. That being said, there's a possibility that future phones running Andromeda might all be running the same software experience (Stock) making the Nexus concept irrelevant. It would definitely resolve the fragmentation issue that Google currently has with Android. I personally think the Nexus line is dead. Don't get me wrong, I own a 6P, and it's my favorite phone to be released in the past year, but if there were a new Nexus to be released sometime this year, we would have had more (Correction, 'any') leaks about it...

5. nej_simon

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

If the rumored price is correct then they better provide more than 2 years of updates.

8. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Price will be the most important factor.If it is the same like last year,they will sell very well!

9. emcdonald75

Posts: 167; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Please! Please! Please! Have microSD card support and stereo speakers similar to the HTC 10 and iPhone 7 setup, just louder volume than the HTC 10 and better balance and quality than the iPhone 7.

10. shield

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Nexus is Better. Pixel is copy iPhone, Big frames. Next LG Pixel better design. And big price.

12. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Technically these are Nexus phones. What exactly makes these more Google than the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6p? Marketing and no Nexus branding with Google branding in its place. That's about it. It's still being made by an outside manufacturer like the Nexus line.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Technically they won't be. They will be running a modified version of Android. Just because the Pixel is running pure Google software doesn't mean that the OS is stock. They have several modifications to the GUI and probably several backend tweaks that arent in stock Android, and thus the Android that is running on the Pixel will not be the same as what's sent out to OEMs for them to modify to accommodate their branded devices.

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Same with the Nexus phones None of Google's devices have ever had actual stock ASOP There's always tons of backend tweaks and some exclusive features (e.g. ambient display, HDR+, ...)

13. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Why the hell did Google discontinued the Nexus name. Bldy idiots. Epic fail. Just what like Sony did with their Zseries. To Xseries. The public knew the Nexus and Sony Z. Know they will start from scrap. What a crappy name, Pixel. When Nexus sounds and is something different.

16. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

I wont miss iphone. that's for true!!!

18. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Dafuq are you talking about?

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I've never missed the pitifully limited stock Android, nor putting all my personal data in the hands of the spyware giant (never have, never will), through out my years of using Android. So, nope won't miss the nexus at all...

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's cool and all, but in this day in age, it's going to be more and more difficult for you to use a smartphone and not have your data collected, by Microsoft, Apple, Google, Samsung, Verizon, AT&T.... the list goes on and on, mobile phone users have become the product of the advertisement industry.

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I agree, it'll definitely be getting more and more difficult. However, now that I've got a good idea of all the data-mining nodes in Android and how to control them via XPrivacy, I'll just be adapting as more data-mining nodes appear. If I don't like an update, I simply revert to the version that worked for me without any hassle, that's one thing I love about Android and Windows devices.

25. chenski

Posts: 783; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

So my Nexus 6p is the last in the Nexus line, does that make it like a souvenir

32. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

I thought there would still be Nexus devices though. That's what dude said on Twitter. Dude who always leaks things. His name escapes me at the moment.

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