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GRAIN OF SALT: Rumors Suggest Nexus Program is Dying in 2015, Lenovo Gets to Make One of the Last

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If you read tech sites outside of this one, there is a chance you read the rumor from earlier in the week from industry player Eldar Murtazin, which suggested that Google is going to kill off its Nexus program some time in 2015 and replace it with its Google Play Edition line, though that name may change by the time this all unfolds. Clearly, we ignored the hell out of this rumor. Because well, it’s just a giant one-line rumor on Twitter with nothing to back it. To add to the plot, though, Murtazin returned shortly after the Lenovo-Motorola deal was announced to suggest that Lenovo will make one of the last Nexus devices ever.

So what do we think? Seeing as 2014 just started, Google just released the Nexus 5 (a device that helped carry LG’s last quarter), and all sorts of new Google Play Edition devices are available, I couldn’t tell you. My initial reaction is to not worry about it at this point. 

I’ll say this – Murtazin has been right in the past, but he’s also been wrong countless times. For example, a week ago he said that the Galaxy S5 would be announced at a press event on February 23 and then backtracked hours later, with a “Samsung now doesn’t know what to do because of my leak” quote. Really? Anyways, back to this Nexus thing.

Is Google going to kill off the Nexus program? It certainly doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. The Nexus 7 continues to be a device that Google is keen on investing in. We often talk about Google’s lack of advertising, yet that device could be seen in TV ads regularly for months after it was released. But beyond that device, Google seems to be proud of its Nexus line as a way for it to show exactly how it thinks Android should be represented at an insanely affordable price. Name another device that gives you the truest sense of Google’s latest version of Android. There isn’t one that doesn’t have “Nexus” in the name. They used the Nexus 5 to show off a new launcher, new dialer, and a handful of other features that were exclusives.

Which leads me into the next point – don’t you think Google needs hardware to introduce new versions of Android on? Unless they decide to pick an OEM to release a GPE device with the newest version of Android, they won’t have any should the Nexus line be killed off. So maybe that could be the play that Murtazin is talking about? GPE devices as they stand now are overpriced models of previously released Android hardware that can’t possibly be selling well. If you partner with an OEM to introduce new builds of Android on, then maybe you have a reason to kill off the Nexus line and to give customers a reason to look at a Google Play Edition.

Again, we’re talking speculation and rumor right now. Google just sold Motorola, they may want Nest to build hardware for them, and a renewed friendship with Samsung could mean drastic changes that could affect all of Android. For now, though, just enjoy your Nexus or Moto X or G2 or Galaxy. 2014 has barely begun.

Oh, and about Lenovo getting a crack at a Nexus device – does anyone care? I don’t.

Via:  @eldarmurtazin [2]
  • donkeykong85

    WTH is going on with google right now? such hope for motorola after the moto x.

  • paul_cus

    That Lenovo K900 looked pretty cool. I wouldn’t mind them getting a crack at making a Nexus.

  • blix247

    I think this article is spot on. GPE devices do not fulfill the roles of a Nexus device. Those roles are to get the newest version of Android in developer’s hands extremely fast using relevant and recent hardware, and also to show how Android should look.

    Unless the entire world is following in Motorola’s footsteps of ultra fast updates, that would be a casualty of abandoning the Nexus. Does anyone really think a Google exec will go on stage to talk about a new version of Android that doesn’t exist on anything real, and won’t be available until something out of his control happens(OEMs update their phones)?

    As for the second point, does anyone think the GPE devices are an example of how Android should look and work? Its AOSP (sort of) slapped on to a phone after the fact with a bunch of disabled hardware. It makes absolutely zero sense to me, and I don’t think anyone at Google is foolish enough to let that be the flagship experience of Android.

    • joejoe5709

      Right. I mean… maybe rebrand the Nexus line into something more prominent. I’ve always liked the Google Chromebooks and Google Chromecast branding better than the Nexus branding. So maybe the next “Nexus” will simply be the Google 6 or keep the “N” and call it the Google N6 or go crazy with it and call it the Google Chromephone. Lol. Either way, we definitely still need some sort of hardware like the Nexus devices and the GPE’s in their current form are not the answer.

  • AbbyZFresh

    After witnessing Motorola’s guaranteed demise before our very eyes by Google dropping them yesterday when they could’ve been great together, I am pretty open to the possibility they might actually end up dropping Nexus too in due time. But not right now. It seems Google isn’t cut for the smartphone business as i thought.]

    But if this actually ends up happening, I will NOT go anywhere near Samsung products. I rather go to Apple than deal with those plastic covered phone again.

  • GreeKNastY

    this happens and im done

  • Ooook…

    Right when we thought 2014 was going to bring us new devices. It seems like the opposite. And normally I would be excited about the news lately. But my instincts tell me otherwise. So now 2014 feels numb… =/

    • Adrynalyne

      Oh I’m sure we will still see amazing hardware but I have a feeling we will all be left disappointed on the software front.

  • GuenoleK

    The Next Nexus will go hard and the coming years will be the Android’s years. Google have build something big here ! Hope people are ready for that

  • akhnaten

    The day before yesterday, I would not have believed this rumor. With Google selling Moto after only 2 years for a massive loss, I have to give this rumor some credence. If it is true, it seems like Google management may collectively be having an aneurysm.

    • Tim242

      It wasn’t a massive loss. They got a huge portfolio of patents and also sold the set-top devision. But, I believe this rumor as well.

  • Mvasquez

    Great article Kellen.. Could feel the passion in your writing!… Nexus forever!

  • Nexus 6

    Thank you this is exactly what I’ve being saying Kellex!!!

  • Ant

    I personally wouldn’t buy a Lenovorola Nexus. LG or nothing.

  • Ant

    After seeing Google drop the Moto X which was considered phone of the year for 2013 by many, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Google dropping the Nexus line if it is profitable for Google.

  • droidrazredge

    Well I started thinking about this rumor yesterday when I heard of the Samsung-Google license deal for them to cut back on TW and produce a more pue android and then Google selling off Motorola to Lenovo. Things are starting to make sense now and this rumor may not just be a rumor after all. They will have 5 Nexus phone being made each year instead of one, similar to the GPE phones and GPE Tablets, but at a cheaper price like the current Nexus line. It makes sense to me Google wants to focus more resources on android rather than having to devout QA and Nexus like they are having now.

    • Tim242

      Samsung put out a statement saying they are not getting rid of their additions.

  • mrjayviper

    not worried it about as I don’t get nexus devices (unless of course one comes along with 64GB of storage)

    before you downvote me, please remember android is about choices :)

    • Chris

      Agreed. Android nerds don’t get it like us Android users do.

  • Cael

    So what if Google made 5 Nexus’s BUT (1) they weren’t called Nexus with (2) Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, and Motorola making them, (3) released them and sold them in the Play Store at the same time (4) at affordable prices with (5) the newest version of Android?
    Yeah I guess that’s impossible because a different named Nexus program that shows no favoritsm or affordable GPE devices are impossible.

    • anezarati

      i was going to respond to your other post, but saw this one. the difference between nexus’ and gpe is that google has no input in the hardware of gpe devices.

      what would those 5 oems gain from releasing basically the same phone at the same time at the same place? you assumption is that the oems will go along with that idea.

      • Cael

        As rumored, the GPE name may be changed but that wasn’t my point.
        Google could still make 5 Nexus devices without calling them Nexus devices. The 5 OEMs would gain the same exposure they’re getting with the GPE devices or if they had only made one Nexus. Only difference would be that people have a choice between what OEM they want. Don’t want Samsung? You have a choice between 4 others. No more disappointment that your favorite OEM didn’t make a device for Google to get fast updates.
        It’s less riskier than GPE which are at full price and Google had no say in the hardware.

  • coolsilver

    No Nexus. No Android for me. I am stuck with Verizon because of coverage. I’m sure as hell not going to be able to get a GPE device. I’m just screwed unless I can learn to deal with no data at home. 2G is piss poor with T-Mo. Forget AT&T. Sprint HAHA same boat.

    :( Sorry Google but your really are screwing me over. Maybe it is time to rethink how much I need your and the NSA in my business.

  • interstellarmind

    I’ve loved LG’s work with the Nexus line. At the risk of sounding like someone who hates change, I’d hate to see LG lose it’s winning streak!

    • Philip J. Fry

      The nexus 5 is beautiful, isn’t it?

  • Philip J. Fry

    Lenovo nexus kinda scares me

    • Fresh360

      But would it be a Lenovo or a Motorola Nexus?… So much has happened in Moutainview in such a short time Nest, Mototorola, killer robots, and artificial intelligence; can we catch our breath sheesh!

  • John Smith

    “WE TAKE NEXUS REALLY SERIOUSLY.”

    That edge is something that the likes of Samsung, HTC, and LG are going to have to consider very carefully. They’ll need to either accept that Google is getting a bigger place on their home screens, try to compete directly with Google’s services, or simply offer a version of Android that many will consider stripped down when compared to the Nexus experience. We don’t know what each of these companies will do yet, but it won’t be an easy choice.

    The Nexus 5 competes directly with every other Android phone on software features, not just on hardware and price. Lockheimer tells us that Google doesn’t consider the Nexus to be “a hobby, we take it really seriously, and there’s a growing number of people who are actually buying these.” For the first time, the rest of the Android ecosystem might have to start taking the Nexus seriously, too. Google’s services truly do give the Nexus 5 an edge, and the thing about edges is that they can cut.

    • Chris

      Only ones who give a s hit about Nexus are the nerds

      • John Smith

        well that’s news to me since i care and i’m a businessman not a nerd.

        • John Legere

          Trolls are getting worse on DroidLife

          • Tim242

            Pot, meet kettle. Glass stones, houses…you know the rest.

      • Adrynalyne

        Android developers care about it too.

  • Ray

    Isn’t this the same rumour that gets pushed around each year – Nexus program is ending. Year after year, a new Nexus appears.

    Until it actually happens, or the announcement comes directly from Google themselves, I’m not even going to bother worrying or reading any more about it.

  • DJ SPY

    Looks like the fabled Motorola Nexus is finally going to come out. Albeit with the Lenovo name.

    • Adrynalyne

      Lenexus?

  • MichaelFranz

    I think the Nexus program is to popular to kill off. Google enjoys it as there go to devices for stock android. While GPe is nice, device still arent at nexus price points. I’ll believe it when i see it and then go “say it isnt so…:(..” but for now i do not think it ends for a long long time

    • Adrynalyne

      I don’t know that popularity is all that much (sans maybe Nexus 7), but there is a need for a reference device and GPE devices don’t cut it.

      • MichaelFranz

        well popular amongst the android enthusiast and developers. You are right, the GPe devices dont cut it as a reference device. They are nice to have just way to overpriced.

        • inklenotrump

          your logic is soooo wrong.. they’re not overpriced they’re just unsubbed unlike carrier sold phones.. the difference is that the carriers price gouge you on the contract while selling a “cheap” device..

          if you were to go out and buy an att htc one unsubbed the price would be about or the same as a GPE unsubbed htc one.. hence you’re just wrong.

          • MichaelFranz

            compared to a normal Nexus device….that is the point. not that an unsubsidized carrier phone sold through google play is the same as an unsubsidized facotry phone from the carrier.

          • inklenotrump

            sorry I missed the reference device.. this whole idea has me freaking the hell out.. I love my nexus devices

  • Adrynalyne
  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    This is a little fishy. The nexus 5 has nexus 5 only features. If your going to end the nexus line, why bother making exclusives?

    • Adrynalyne

      Right?

      Murtazin doesn’t exactly have a spotless track record. Sometimes he is right, sometimes he is wrong.

      • Tim242

        I believe the article stated that quite plainly. There is no reason for you to spam it in the comments.

        • Adrynalyne

          So much irony in that reply.

  • Ryan Callihan

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Personally, I hope this isn’t true. One of the staples (the other one being a developer device, but I can’t speak on how well a GPe device would serve a developer) of the Nexus model is affordability. GPe devices definitely are not affordable. If this comes to fruition, I’d like to see Google at least sell the GPe hardware at a low price (Which is extremely wishful thinking).

  • d0nk

    Can we please stop referring to it as the “Nexus Program”? It’s simply a line of products that google collaborates with partners to produce. Calling it the “Nexus Program” just sounds stupid.

    • Zounder99

      What would you want us to call it? The “line of products that Google collaborates with partners to produce, often times refered to as the Nexus lineup” seems to take a long time to get out.

      • d0nk

        “Nexus line”

        • Adrynalyne

          Line is a less accurate word than program.

          • Tim242

            Really? It is called a line in every other product…sometimes lineup. I never see program used.

          • Adrynalyne

            It started out as a developer program….my guess is you don’t buy or associate with many developer products. If memory serves (and it might not), the original Nexus One initially required you to have a developer account with Google.

            It has become pro-consumer since, but it still primarily benefits developers.

    • Adrynalyne

      pro·gram
      ˈprōˌgram,-grəm/
      noun
      1.
      a planned series of future events, items, or performances.

      Note the words planned, series, and items.

      • Tim242

        Except nobody knows of their future plans…

  • KOBALT

    I just got my first Nexus by switching to Tmobile. I’m loving it and this depresses me. I don’t care who makes one. If Google backs it, I have faith. I just want Nexus type devices in the future, regardless of the manufacturer.

  • AndrewScottRox

    I for one welcome our new hardware overlords.

    • Philip J. Fry

      They need to prove themselves first before I welcome them.

  • Brendan Schultz

    I don’t know if I would trust Lenovo making a nexus. I personally think that they would ruin it. They should stick to making computers

    • Franklin Ramsey

      What if I were to tell you that a smart phone is a computer?

  • Tim242

    A good reason to kill off the Nexus name…their own naming convention. They can’t have a Nexus phone called the Nexus 7. Nexus 6 is as far as they can logically go.

    • Zounder99

      I’m actually glad you brought this up. My understanding was the Nexus 5 was called the 5 because of its size. The Nexus 4 was a 4.7 screen (I’d imagine calling it the Nexus 4.7 wouldn’t be as marketable). The Nexus 7 has two versions, but both called the Nexus 7. But I’ve heard your argument a lot. Is that what they are doing? Or did they just flub with the Nexus 4 and 5 because of the change of screen size?

      • Tim242

        The original name for the Nexus 4 was Optimus Nexus. They chose to go with gen number instead of continuing with names. Phones have never been named by screen size.

        • Adrynalyne

          No, it was Mako. Still is as the internal name.

          • Tim242

            I was referring to the original street name, not internal name.

          • Adrynalyne

            That was just a silly name made up in Android community that caught on like wildfire, just like Nexus Prime for the Galaxy Nexus.

            If you hear rumors long enough, eventually people find them tough to discern from fact.

            Nexus Prime even made it into some ads.

          • Tim242

            It came from reliable leaksters, with photos.

          • Adrynalyne

            I rest my case. Same “material” came with Nexus Prime names.

    • anezarati

      if the nexus line stays around, i cant see them going above 5 inches. so i would just keep calling it the “nexus 5″ with the year associated with it. kind of like apple did with the ipad for a while and what they are doing with the 7.

      • Tim242

        The Nexus 4 was the 4th Nexus. The Nexus 5 was the 5th. They don’t name their phones by screen size. 4.7 rounds to 5 just as much as 4.9.

        • Liderc

          This is always such a dumb argument, because no one knows the truth.

          Why would we round screen size numbers? They are what they are, you don’t round them up or down.

          • Tim242

            Exactly.

    • John Legere

      Nexus 5.5

    • JRomeo

      the 2012 Nexus7 had the same name as the 2013 Nexus7…… and that was perfectly acceptable. they could have done the same thing with the phones…. this is a non-issue.

      • Tim242

        Except they don’t name the phones by screen size. Everybody tried to claim that the Nexus 5 would be the Nexus 4 2013…didn’t happen.

        • Zounder99

          But does that mean they can’t do it? I feel like this problem is overcomable…

          • Tim242

            Yes, by just sticking with GPE. No issues with naming conventions.

        • JRomeo

          that’s because the Nexus4 was named because it had a 4 inch screen, and the Nexus5 had a 5 inch screen……

          • Tim242

            No. The Nexus 4 has a 4.7″ screen, and the Nexus 5 has a 4.9″ screen.

          • Zounder99

            Wait. Does it really? Because they advertise it as 5.

          • Adrynalyne

            4.95 inches. They round up.

            Just like the Gnex, which was actually 4.65. They called it 4.7.

          • Zounder99

            Huh. Possible that they couldn’t call the Nexus 4 the Nexus 5 because of advertising laws? Maybe 4.95 is close enough to fudge the law, but 4.7 isn’t? I’m totally grasping at straws here… I just really don’t want the Nexus line (see program) to go away, so any stupid assurance I can get, I’ll take.

          • Adrynalyne

            Well, one thing we can be 100% certain of: naming convention is not going to be reason to shut down any program.

          • Tim242

            The Gnex said 465″ on everything. Not once was it marketed as 4.7.

          • Adrynalyne

            Quite a few places advertised and reviewed it as 4.7 inches.

            Of course, you could have hit Google to see that.

          • Tim242

            Marketed and incorrect info by a reviewer is not the same. You claimed that Google rounded up. They did not.

            Of course, you could have hit Google to see that.

          • Adrynalyne

            Whatever. I never said who ‘They’ were, so you are just starting sh!t, which is your typical MO. When I said ‘They’ I was referring to advertisers, not google specifically.

            You know, maybe you should switch from being a bottom if it makes you so damn grumpy that you feel the need to start more sh!t, 21 hours after I post.

          • Tim242

            They was an understood Google in the OP. Besides, reviewers don’t advertise.

          • Adrynalyne

            “Quite a few places advertised and reviewed it as 4.7 inches.

            Of course, you could have hit Google to see that.”

            I referred to two different entities. Not reviewers that advertise….

            Anyway, better things to do than fight with you. I guess you didn’t find enough animosity anywhere else so you decided to revisit this article.

          • JRomeo

            the Nexus5 has a 4.9 inch screen………. from a marketing perspective, that’s basically a 5-inch…. hence the name, Nexus5

          • Tim242

            It’s not about marketing. The Nexus 4 wasn’t less marketable due to its 4.7″ screen. Phones have never been named by display size.

          • JRomeo

            Saying phones have never been named by their display size is like saying tablets have never been named by their display size.

        • DoctorJB

          I remember the riots in the street when people realized that the iPhone 5 would actually be the sixth generation of the iPhone. We burned those Apple stores to the ground!

          • Tim242

            You seem a bit confused. Apple named it the 5, to avoid confusion. Everybody was referring to it as the 5 long before it was released. They thought because there was a 3 and a 4 in two of the last versions, that five was next. Apple broke naming convention to go along with that. The 3 in the 3G and 3G S was from at&it’s 3G network. The 4 was the 4th gen iPhone. The 5? Because it comes after 4. Apple users would have rioted if it had been named the 6.

          • DoctorJB

            You mean “Apple broke naming convention”, well, then surely there were riots…

          • Tim242

            You missed the point. Apple users think their naming convention was in numerical order

          • DoctorJB

            I think you did:
            1.Apple broke convention when it suited them.
            2.Nexus doesn’t really have an established convention (unless “S” means “2” and “Galaxy” means “3” in some language you know)
            3.You have OCD which may improve with therapy and antidepressants, good luck!

          • Tim242

            1. Apple broke convention to suit its dumb user base.

            2. Nexus does have an established naming convention. The same one every OEM uses. They name their phones by name only, or name and gen number. The iPhone and Nexus both gained the number 4 when they were the 4th gen phone. That is no coincidence.

            3. I don’t think you are qualified or justified to be making such claims.

          • Zounder99

            So… if Android users believe that the Nexus naming scheme is based on display/screen size (as opposed to gen number)… then it is okay to break with convention and continue calling it the Nexus 5, right? Android users would still think that naming structure is preserved, just like Apple users believe theirs is. I’m mostly just kidding. You make some good points. I do think you put too much stock into what they have done, not on what they could do. They don’t have to continue with what has been. Though, I don’t disagree with you, I don’t expect to see another Nexus 5, necessarily. But, who knows, a girl can dream.

    • Jared Denman

      Or just call it a nexus 5 again. Just as they did the nexus 7.

      • Tim242

        The Nexus 4 and 5 were named by gen number. No phone has ever been named by display size…only tablets.

        • Adrynalyne

          You make it sound like they cannot alter naming conventions.

          Nexus One
          Nexus S
          Galaxy Nexus
          Nexus 4
          Nexus 5

          There was no Nexus 2 or 3, so…

          • Tim242

            Changing naming convention is not the same as a contradicting naming convention.

          • Adrynalyne

            So, using your logic, they would not be allowed to go–>

            Nexus 6
            Nexus Next (silly example)
            Nexus 8

            and so on.

          • anezarati

            no, i think he is saying that this is a perfect time to kill the nexus line since the naming convention will start to get confusing.

            i think they should name then after the devices they were inspired by. like nexus optimus, nexus g, galaxy nexus, etc.

          • Adrynalyne

            I don’t care what what they call it as long as they keep offering developers a reference device that doesn’t cost what a GPE device does.

          • Cael

            Nexus One (2015) by HTC.
            Moto Nexus X (2000something) by Motorola – A Lenovo Company

            THE SARCASM

          • TimIzATool

            C’mon adrynalyne, you’re one of the savvier folks on this forum, why would you even bother trying to have a cogent discussion with that twit Tim242? At best he’s a high functioning autistic, at worst he’s a complete douchecanoe. And right on cue, his idiotic retort to your reasoned post.

          • Adrynalyne

            Point taken.

    • EC8CH

      The numbers Nexus devices use in their name matters much less than the numbers they use in their price.

      • Tim242

        No doubt. I don’t see GPE devices dropping in price either. OEM’s will not want to be undercut in price. Unless…that is part of the Samsung deal. Hmmm.

  • Mario Lovato

    this is what the future is let our powers combine googlesung

  • Charlie R.

    With the way the past couple of days has gone, anything is possible. And as far as a Lenovo Nexus? No thanks.

    • JRomeo

      How about a Motorola Nexus instead?

      • Charlie R.

        Absolutely a Motorola Nexus, but in the last line of the article, Kellex asked about a Lenovo Nexus. (Hence my response.)

        • JRomeo

          Well, now that Lenovo owns Motorola, isn’t it basically the same thing.

          • psuturtle

            It’s semantics. Anything that sells in the US is going to be developed by the previous Moto team, not the current Lenovo mobile team. The only real difference is that team would no longer be Google’s “right arm” so to speak. I don’t see any reason an agreement couldn’t be made where Lenovo/Moto is the HW provider for the next Nexus phone…just like Asus is now with the Nexus 7 and LG with the Nexus 5. The email we received on the sale said that one of the big goals of this acquisition was to make a much stronger alliance between Google and Lenovo. Lenovo/Moto becoming the sole HW provider for Nexus devices would fit that scenario.

          • coolsilver

            It may been developed but likely not manufactured and supported by same groups

          • psuturtle

            Manufacturing is still TBD. Support should be included with the peeps coming over from Moto from the info I have. Granted I don’t have much info yet, but I’m sure we’ll hear more in the next couple of weeks.

          • EC8CH

            no

  • Bionicman

    I’m probably going to get some flak for this, but I believe Google and Samsung can pretty much carry Android straight to the top. I’ve had a Nexus phone and I think they are great for the peeps who like to tinker but I also enjoy a lot of features Samsung puts in an Android phone. I think Samsung has the most potential to make a truly great Android phone that will not only please the tinkers but also the people who just want a phone to work and maybe just check Facebook. We saw a glimpse of this with some of the GPE phones. I think this is an exciting time to be an Android enthusiast!

    • Jim890

      Amen!

    • http://www.facebook.com/aarontrevor Aaron Sentell

      I’m so sad about this whole situation. I had the S3 and the S4. Neither felt nearly as solid or as thought out as my Moto X. :( With Motorola being sold off to Lenovo, who will be pushing phone makers to focus on user experience and thoughtful design?

    • John Legere

      If they can get samsung to revamp their UI, get better hardware, then maybe.

      • Jim890

        I think they will work something out with the Ul. It might not be right off the bat give it time (I hope).

        • John Legere

          Like somebody said yesterday, they should have an app store made specifically for Samsung users so they can pick and choose. Install/ uninstall.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I’d say just do like Moto was doing and release your apps to the Play store. No need for another app store. Release them in the Play store, let them only install on the versions of your phone you want them to. But the main point, give us an uninstall option!

    • AbbyZFresh

      Android is already at the top with over 4 out of 5 people on Earth using one. What more could Google and Samsung want at this point?

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I think you meant 4 out of 5 users of smart phones which is estimated to hit about 1.7 billion people this year. Not even close to 4 out of 5 people on the planet. There is still a largely untapped market they are going after.

      • Hue

        Android powered homes (appliances, security, private cloud, etc.) since Samsung has been beta testing smart homes in South Korea for about 10 years now, Google wants the software side.

    • Hue

      The Google + Samsung partnership isn’t about the phones anymore. Next industry is Smart Homes. Samsung has been beta testing smart homes in SK for 10 years now, so Google wants the software side. Android powered homes. Also, Samsung wants a home robot in every household starting in 2020. Android powered “Androids”.

      • AbbyZFresh

        So in other words. Our homes will instead be filled with TouchWiz.

      • Bionicman

        Interesting. I never thought about it like that but makes sense. It would be in Samsung’s best interest then to work with Google on any demands they may have like going easy with Touchwiz and their “Samsung apps”.

  • morgan boyle

    the Nexus 7 line was very good for them. are they going to walk from that? i doubt it.

    • Thomas O’Brien

      Best competitor to the iPad, so much so that Apple made the mini. 0% chance they walk away from the Nexus 7

  • cns2007

    This isn’t the first time this has been rumored. When GPE devices first appeared, this rumor started circulating.

  • morgan boyle

    i would be ok with it as long as there remains GPE and Dev editions.

    • inklenotrump

      really? the nexus 5 pricepoint and the 4 before it were insane…

      they basically eliminate the need for paying insurance on your phone if one were to think about it for any length of time as the replacement costs for a broken GS4 – nexus 5 transition would be so much lower than the monthly cost of the insurance PLUS the deductible fee you have to pay if/when you lose/break your GS4… the NPV is obvious the problem is people don’t seem to get the logic….

      • DoctorJB

        Even more important is the freedom to go prepaid without trying to find a clean used phone on craigslist.

  • pcdroidski

    Can this week get any more depressing :(

    • Morbid138

      First world problems…

  • Mark

    Essentially this rumor stems from the whole commonly thought of notion that Google has no interest in hardware. While I tend to agree with this notion, I don’t believe the Nexus line will die in its entirety. Possibly just the Nexus cell phone will go away, but not the entire line including tablets.

    • Victor Who

      Part of me wishes Google just re-name the company to Nexus. LOL…that’s such a cool name. “Nexus Search” , “Nexus Maps”, “I’m gonna Nexus that.”

  • Shaunwin

    Google may discontinue the Nexus brand name and rebrand it to Google Play Phone. Just like Android Market to Google Play Store. I’m not worried at this point.

    • Thomas O’Brien

      True, but it doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Nexus”

      • Shaunwin

        Agree…

  • hyperbeatser
  • rotard777

    but still, if lenovo now owns moto as their mobile market team and could have also scored the deal as the first nexus with the new contract to promote those phones. It could be great, it could be terrible. Although google probably wouldnt let it be subpar
    No idea what google kept in terms of patents though :(

  • mcdonsco

    Motorola making a nexus YES…

    Lenovo? Meh…

    • grumpyfuzz

      If lenovo lets Dennis Woodside stay as CEO, I would personally be fine with that.

      • psuturtle

        As CEO of Lenovo? Not gonna happen.
        Will he be in charge of the Moto team coming over? More than likely assuming he wants to stay.

        • Cael

          Pretty sure he meant CEO of Motorola. You know like he is now if it’s kept as a separate company like what Google was doing.

        • grumpyfuzz

          I meant CEO of motorola, and it’s more Lenovo’s choice if they want to keep him or replace him.

    • sean carey

      It sucks to think that i bought my Moto X because of the manufacturer, and the backing of the software giant Google. Now my phone will be supported by Lenovo? Doubt my phone gets any timely updates now. A lot of the luster of the Moto X is wearing off quickly. Thanks Google

      • John Legere

        It should still receive timely updates. That’s if we get 4.5/5.0 soon.

  • JBartcaps

    I’m trying to find the biggest grain of salt right now.

    • John Legere

      Sea salt…that sh!t is huge.

      • coolsilver

        Cry an ocean. Really all the salt I need. :(

      • Kenneth Warner-Shook

        Why don’t you follow http://www.tmonews.com

  • sc0rch3d

    as we discussed in the other thread, don’t forget that corporations are at work here to make money and lower cost and stay relevant and appease investors. the way that happens can (and does) screw all of us over

    • Disqus_n00b

      They make $$ selling a product or service people want a low cost

  • John Legere

    Obligatory Michael scott gif :(

    Noooo

  • EC8CH

    This is not the Moto Nexus We’ve been waiting for :-(

    • JBartcaps

      :( I think that time will never come, OG Droid was way ahead of it’s time

    • r0l

      If the the team stays in place, why not?

      • rwrwr

        Because China spies more than the NSA, and at least the NSA is the home team. China is the bound to be the belligerent opposite of the US in WW3. So bleed red, white, and blue, not just red.

        • John Legere

          What about all our laptops, home appliances, all made in China?

          • rwrwr

            Exactly? Start investing in NATO and SK/Japan. We are losing airplane manufacturers and now mobile companies to China.

          • John Legere

            My point is, if they wanted to spy, smartphones aren’t the only way.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Considering all the chips that go into the products are made in China, if the Chinese government wanted to spy with some backdoor software they could encode it directly into the chips.

          • rawr

            Intels are made in the US and Israel, it isn’t hard to do. Just only support made in civilization and not made in sweatshop items, and be sure to let the companies know why we aren’t investing in their spynese items.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Well, Intel has Fabs all over the world, but they aren’t in many cell phones right now. Think how many chips with various functions are in most devices. Wireless chips, ram, hard drive controllers, all those could potentially have something hard coded into them. Now, I don’t think that is the case (though I might be naive), but it is possible. So even if you buy a product with an Intel chip in it, chances are there are other chips in it that were made in China.

          • James_75

            You haven’t actually been to China before have you?

        • Michael

          At least the Government of China is more honest with it’s slaves(citizens), then the Corporate States of (Insert presidents name here).

          • malcmilli

            Comparing US government to China’s is quite a stretch

          • Michael

            I’m comparing their spying on their citizens and people around the world. China was honest about it for years, the CSA tried to imprison the guy who told the world that they where in fact monitoring people worldwide.

          • malcmilli

            nah i mean i know the angle you are coming from, but i’m just saying going after a guy who leaked internal documents because you spy on people is a little different from blocking all forms of unfiltered media and only approved topics can be “googled.” Sure they are honest but it isnt in the same ball park. That’s like saying its better to be an honest murderer than it is to be a dishonest identity theft.

    • BK

      I’d obviously take a hard look at a future Motorola Nexus. But I wouldn’t be nearly as excited as I would have been two days ago.

  • BK

    The only way I could be ok (more or less) with the death of Nexus would be if GPE devices were brought down in price. But that doesn’t seem likely.

    • EC8CH

      seems less than not likely… seems completely impossible

      • KoTiell

        I dunno, maybe Google can bring down the markup cost of all Google Play Editions if there is no Nexus phone they are focusing on. Manufacturers still make their money, and Google gets more pure Android phones on the market.

        • Cowboydroid

          That sounds more likely, considering the last two Nexi were essentially “GPE” editions of already released LG devices, with only some hardware tweaks.

          • malcmilli

            The nexus 4 maybe but the nexus 5 was a pretty big departure from the g2… Different button placement, different sized screen, different camera, different battery size… The only thing that was actually the same was the processor.

        • michael arazan

          Especially because you do technically pay more for less. GPE don’t have all the added software and it should be marked down, but Carriers would through a hissy fit over it because they want their Middle Man Money for selling devices.

    • Cael

      What’s stopping Google from partnering with all of the OEM’s to make Nexus like devices that aren’t their current flagships for GPE to show off new Android versions at affordable prices? Nothing. I wouldn’t be surprised if this happened. No favoritsm would be shown by Google at all, just the consumer.

      • anezarati

        Samsung

        • Cael

          and Samsung is part of the 5?

      • coolsilver

        Seemed to me that was the original direction of the nexus program. To open up to more devices and manufactures. Instead they separated it into GPE

      • WickedToby741

        Business. There is no lucrative profit margin on Nexus devices. They’re sold at or slightly above cost. Think OEM’s are going to willingly kiss their hardware profit margins goodbye? Not a chance.

        • Cael

          Oh I’m sorry, I didn’t know OEM’s dropped their whole product line to develop 1 phone for Google. I guess that’s why LG and Samsung made two Nexus phones each, Asus made two tablets, and Samsung made the Nexus 10. I guess they didn’t make nor release any other product during that time to focus soley on something Google advertises.

    • Brandon Golway

      Yea this would be a great option. It sucks when you like a phone but hate the UI so you have to find a vanilla ROM that works well.

    • Hunico

      And if they were made available outside the US.

  • Marcus

    See this is why corporations are bad google needs samsung, and basically google needs samsung to stay popular and compete with apple. What the moto x and nexus programs are doing is starting to eat into samsung’s market share can’t have that. I for one will consider an Iphone because when you leave it to corporations you will have bloatware, skin, and lots of specs with little to no regard to what the customer wants. :( sad sad day actually days with the moto x news and now this.

    • hoosiercub88

      And Samsung needs Google just as well, do you really think any Galaxy device would succeed without Google Play services/apps?

      • Charlie R.

        Samsung does have their proprietary Tizen OS that they have been developing for quite some time. I don’t think it’s any threat yet, but you never know.

        • Tony Allen

          Right, but like I said.. The reason people like Galaxy phones is the phone itself plus the Android experience. If your average consumer goes to buy Galaxy S 6 with Tizen OS, then get home to realize that their Google Apps and purchases are all gone, Google framework services no longer exist, you really think a device like that could ever be successful?

          • Charlie R.

            A know a ton of people with GS3’s and GS4’s and I don’t think they would notice at all. These are your average consumers mind you, but Samsung can shape Tizen to run very similar to Touch Wiz now to make it an easy transition. Some of them even use Samsung’s app store, because they just don’t know any better. This would be the same Samsung store that Tizen has access to. I don’t think it’ll ever happen, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility is all I’m saying.

          • Intellectua1

            The average consumer isn’t that stupid and everybody on tech blogs aren’t geniuses.. Jeez give the average consumer a bit of credit. Android has made a lot of people aware of tech and specs..

          • Charlie R.

            I just helped someone with their new GS4 a couple of weeks ago. She had no idea what Play Store was. She was downloading all of her apps from the “Samsung App Store” because she bought a Samsung phone and it was a logical step to her. She’s not the only one I’ve encountered like that. Believe it or not, there are still plenty of people like that out there. Plenty of everyday people that couldn’t tell you their smartphone is running Android. I run into them all of the time.

          • Intellectua1

            Yea I can agree a bit on your last comment, just saying the average consumer is a bit broad though IMO..

          • anezarati

            here is the thing and someone correct me if i am wrong – since android is open source, the source code is online for anyone to use for free. google just licenses google system apps (gmail, calendar, etc.) and the play store. if samsung converted enough people to their own mail, store, calendar, etc. they would have no reason to license google apps from google, which = no money for google.

        • anezarati

          its not tizen that google is worried about. it is the fact that samsung is sideloading their own apps that compete with google’s core apps. all the s-crap, their own store, mail, calendar, etc. google is worried that samsung’s apps will become so big that they wont need google’s core apps, therefore not needed android either.

          • Intellectua1

            You gotta admit Samsungs calender app is amazing.. If there was one thing I could keep from Touchwiz that would be it..

          • Or Yahoo

            Amazon seems to be doing ok without Google apps. Maybe it is time to leave Google behind and starting Binging.

      • Marcus

        Samsung does need google but samsung’s leverage lies in the fact that they sell the most android phones. The threat from samsung is we will create our own ecosystem and eventually have the potential to leave android completely. So google had A LOT to lose, also could you imagine android only relying on the sale of android phones from HTC,LG, and Moto?

        • Tony Allen

          So.. In your mind Samsung could be successful on its own. Go ahead and sell someone using a Galaxy S4 on a new device much like the phone they have but better, and instead of Android they can use only the apps Samsung wants them to use.

          I think once word got out, Samsung would fall hard and people would move to other OEMs to continue using Android. Moreover, I think it’d be healthy for Android, it would pull a monster out of the arena and let the rest of the competitors sort out the market share

          • Marcus

            I want to make this part of what I am saying clear, Samsung does not have to leave to have LEVERAGE, that is what this is about. It is about a partnership where both sides have something to gain. Samsung sells the most phones and whether people would be receptive to a Samsung phone separate from android is irrelevant. For example if Samsung releases a phone that has the samsung ecosystem and it sells 1.5 million units. That is no big deal on the surface but all the content money would go to samsung to make up for the lack of sales, and google/android would lose those 1.5 customers in content sales and that is not including advertising gmail etc. Do you see what I’m saying?

    • coolsilver

      Corporations themselves are not the issue. It’s the motivations and products and services they provide. They are just a type of business. It wouldn’t be any different if a guy or gal in their basement was making Nexus phones and sold to another single individual the next city over.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I Tend to ignore the majority of things Murtazin says. He doesn’t have a great track record at all. And dumping the Nexus line makes 0 sense to me.

    • Tim242

      There can’t be a Nexus 7 phone

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I don’t understand what that has to do with anything.

        • Tim242

          The Nexus 4 and 5 were named by generation number.

          • Zounder99

            Though, you could argue that they double named them. Both Generation and screen size.

          • JRomeo

            no, they were named by screen size. Nexus4 (4.7 inch screen), Nexus5 (4.9 inch screen, basically a 5-inch screen)………… its just coincidence that their generation number matches.

          • Tim242

            No they were not. That is some silly notion. 4.7 rounds to 5 just the same as 4.9. Math class teaches that in 3rd grade.

          • JRomeo

            true. but the marketing department noticed it was so close to 5 inches, that they might as well let it be the Nexus5.

          • Tim242

            I love how you state that as a matter of fact, like you know someone on their marketing team.

          • JRomeo

            I could say the same thing to you, lol

          • Tim242

            With the absense of absolute proof, you have to use common sense to come to a logical conclusion. You have nothing to back up your claim of the Nexus 4 being named by display size. I have points to back up my claim.

            1. Phones are never named by display size. It is used for tablets only.

            2. The display is 4.7″. That rounds to 5, not 4. If it were a case of rounding and marketing, rounding up would sound better.

            3. It’s no coincidence that the 4 and 5 line up with their gen number.

          • JRomeo

            Well common sense would dictate that
            1. since Google already uses the screen size naming scenario on tablets that they would also apply it to their phone
            2. this keeps naming conventions uniform throughout all their nexus products (the 4, 5, 7, and 10)
            3. it’s pretty simple to see how ridiculous it would be for a ~5 inch phone to be called the Nexus4, when it is nearly 5 inches, that’s why they called it the Nexus5

            I have points to backup my claim also.

          • Tim242

            No. The sense you are using isn’t common. Tablets and phones do not share the same naming conventions. Tablet screen sizes don’t change, phones do. The Nexus 7 has the same display size for both. Every single Nexus 5 has had a different screen size. 4.7″ is nearly 5″. 4.7 = 94% of 5. 4.9 = 98% of 5. Do you think that is enough difference to change the name from 4 to 5!?

          • JRomeo

            yes.

          • Tim242

            That says a lot about you .

          • Zounder99

            Here is what I can say: The Nexus 4 was marketed as a 4.7″ display. The Nexus 5, despite being 4.9 – 4.95 is marketed as a 5″ display. So, despite the rather negligible difference, it was enough to market the phones differently. So, why not name them differently too? I honestly don’t know if it was named for its generation or for size (after reading a bit I’d say it at least started off for generation) but there is no reason that they couldn’t have decided to do both. Which means, there is no reason they couldn’t have a second (and third and so on) gen Nexus 5, right? I understand phones not being named after size, but it isn’t like Google can’t change that.

          • Elliot Kotis

            4.95

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I’m sorry, but you keep saying that phones are never named after their screen size. Honestly, we don’t know what naming convention they followed. Generation, screen size, maybe they just felt like naming in numerical order for a couple phones. All we know is that naming conventions can, and do, change. To say they have never done it doesn’t mean they never will. It is the nature of all things, things change.

          • Elliot Kotis

            It is 4.95, which is 99% of 5, it does entail a name of Nexus 5.

          • Tim242

            No phone has ever been named by screen size. Only tablets.

          • Chris Hannan

            4.7 = 94% of 5 is just deceiving and not really relevant.

            9.4 is 94% of 10, but you wouldn’t round up for that. Same percentage, though.

            The Nexus 4 being the 4th gen Nexus with a 4.7″ screen size was just too convenient. I think whoever decided on the name figured it was perfect for both reasons. I don’t think anyone rounded down. Just noted it had a 4.x” display.

            The Nexus 5’s 4.95″ display is basically 5″ and it’s the 5th gen Nexus phone. I’ve never seen any other company measure in the hundredths of inches.

            If the next Nexus phone has a ~5″ display and is named the Nexus 6, then we’ll know you were right all along, but I doubt it will be. If Google doesn’t keep the same name for the next Nexus phone and just start using years to distinguish models, then they’re going to find a new name for it. Having a Nexus 7 phone and Nexus 7 tablet makes no sense.

          • Cael

            Nexus One = HTC One; Nexus S = Samsung Galaxy S; Galaxy Nexus = Samsung Galaxy

            Google dropped OEM branding. That’s why the 4th Nexus is called the Nexus 4 and wasn’t called the Optimus Nexus, which was rumored. That’s why the 5th Nexus is called the Nexus 5 and wasn’t called the Nexus G.

          • Elliot Kotis

            HTC One? Mate, Nexus One came out long before HTC One.

          • Cael

            I’m aware but where do you think HTC got the “One” from in the first place?

          • droidify

            So was the Nexus 10 the 10th generation and Nexus 7 the 7th generation?

          • Tim242

            Tablets have a long history of being named by display size. Phones, never.

          • Pedro

            Hello? Droid Mini?

          • Tim242

            No screen size number.

          • Pedro

            And yet, named based on display size.

          • Tim242

            Actually, no. It is named due to the overall size of the device. Devices can be the same size, but have a smaller display.

          • angel maldonado

            Remenber the Galaxy Nexus?

          • Tim242

            Yes, I owned it for a year. What about it?

          • angel maldonado

            My point just flew over your head. What I ment is that they can easily change the next nexus name as easy as Google did when they left Samsung for LG

          • Tim242

            Of course they can. Every OEM uses the same naming convention, name only, or name and gen number. They never have and never will name a phone by its screen size.

          • Elliot Kotis

            You stupid, HP Slate 6? Also they can change the naming, as Google has done it before from Nexus One, to Galaxy Nexus, to Nexus 4. Plus Sony has Xperia S, P, Z, Z1. They can very quickly change the name to suit them, Apple iPad Air, soon to be iPhone Air. They could name it Nexus S2, and have samsung make it, naming isnt a problem. I could make a good name and get around the damn problem, imagine what Google, the 2nd most valueable brand in the world.

          • Tim242

            The Slate 6 and Slate 7 were HP tablets. Samsung’s 7 & 8″ tablets have phone apps on them in the rest of the world. They are still tablets. You idiots think Google named the Nexus 4 by its 4.7″ screen. SMH

          • Elliot Kotis

            No, I dont think Nexus 4 is a Tablet, I’m not stupid, it is too big a difference, Im with you on that one. However, Nexus 5 COULD be, we have no idea, they could go 4.95 is close enough to 5, and name the next one five, or do something to what samsung did. Samsung Galaxy > Samsung Galaxy S > Galaxy S2. Samsung Galaxy S WAS NOT THE ORIGINAL, Samsung Galaxy was.

            Or something similar to what HTC Did, they completely changed the naming, from Thunderbolt etc etc, to just HTC ONE. I am not agreeing with the rest, but what I do agree with them on is that naming is not a problem for Google.

          • Tim242

            At least we agree on something. However, the original Samsung flagship was the Galaxy S. There were 4 different versions of it in the US: Fascinate on Verizon, Captivate on At&t, Vibrant on T-Mobile, and Epic 4G on Sprint. They all said Galaxy S on the back.

          • Elliot Kotis

            Nope, I thought the same for AGES AND AGES, but I came across an article on Android Police from 2010 “Samsung announces Galaxy S, successor to the Galaxy”. It was released in June 2009. and was called Samsung Galaxy (GT-i7500).

          • Tim242

            That was called a Galaxy, but was not part of the Galaxy S series. It wasn’t even released in the US. But, I see what you are saying.

          • Elliot Kotis

            the Slate 6?

          • Tim242

            There was also a Slate 7. They were tablets.

          • droidify

            I thought you were leaving the site over the share bar? I see you are still here and as ignorant as ever.

          • Tim242

            Internet bullies and down votes don’t phase me. You people are worse than apple fanboys, easily. I hope your mother is proud.

          • Victor Who

            Huh? Have you heard of Nexus 7 (2013) edition? So in 2015, what would call that iteration of the Nexus phone line? Nexus 7?

          • Tim242

            We’re talking about phones, not tablets. Tablets have a long history of being named by display size ie Nexus, Samsung, LG. Phones have never been named by display size.

          • MistaButters

            Well calling it the Nexus 4.7 sounds dumb, and if they rounded up people would say they cheated. I will bet money now that we see a 2014 Nexus 5 with either a 5″ or a 5.2″ screen.

          • Tim242

            Cheated? The Nexus 5 has a 4.9″ screen. 4.7 = 94% of 5. 4.9 = 98% of 5. Yeah, OK.

          • MistaButters

            Not by screen area. A 5″ display has 13% more screen area than a 4.7″ display. A 5″ display only has 2% more area than a 4.95″ display.

            Also the display of the Nexus 5 is 4.95″ not 4.9.

            I am willing to concede that the Nexus 4 could have been named because it was the 4th Nexus phone, but I am willing to bet that going forward they will use numbers that correspond to screen size, consistent with their tablets.

          • Tim242

            I just don’t get the notion that they will go by screen size on a phone, when nobody does that. Phones have names and/or gen numbers. It would confuse people to have one phone called the same thing every year.

          • MistaButters

            The Nexus 7 was called the Nexus 7 two years in a row. And increasing the number every year for a phone gets tiresome and unwieldly, plus, as disused here, the number will run into each other.

            How do you simplify all that? Just keep calling it the Nexus 5, wven if it has a 5″, 5.2″ or 5.5″ display.

          • Tim242

            Tablet screen sizes do not change. Both Nexus 7 tablets have a 7″ display. Phone screen sizes constantly change. Samsung and LG use this same method. Phones go by just name, or name and gen. Their tablets go by name and screen size.

          • MistaButters

            I understand that. But what’s a way for Google to simplify names and make it so the numbers don’t collide? Easy. Just keep calling it the Nexus 5.

          • Tim242

            They could. That would have its own issues though. Phone buying consumers will wonder why all other phones go up in number, but this one stays the same. It would be confusing. I’m thinking they will just drop the Nexus name. That is just as plausible, and a bit less confusing

          • DoctorJB

            Ipad with retina display? Wasn’t there like 3 of those?

          • Tim242

            iPad, iPad 2, iPad 2012, iPad 4, iPad Air.

          • Blake

            Not this again. You bring up this same argument nearly anytime someone mentions this. Yes, some companies follow said naming conventions but it doesn’t mean everyone has to. I’ll even accept that phones usually have names and/or gen numbers.

            Why does it have to confuse people to have one phone called the same thing very year? Consumers very clearly accept this in demonstrated examples – Nexus 7 2012 vs 2013. Apple’s 11″ MacBook Air (2011, 2012, 2013) [which by the way is rounded down from 11.6" demonstrating that a 4.7" screen could be called 4" for the Nexus 4]. What is so particular to phones that would just boggle the minds of people so far as to be law in terms of naming phones alone?

          • DoctorJB

            If we look at the sequence, it was actually: generation #, Samsung brand, Samsung brand, #, #….
            It’s pretty clear the next Nexus will be the Nexus Note, then Nexus Touchwiz then returning to #s with Nexus 8.
            #TrollingTim

          • Elliot Kotis

            Nexus 5 could be named screen size.

          • Mike H.

            Yes but there was also the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus. They dont need to continue with nexus #.

      • Cael

        Everyone knows the 7th Nexus phone is going to be the Nexus One (2015) by HTC /sarcasm

        • Tim242

          Haha now that could work.

          • Cael

            Here’s one. The Nexus 7 (2015) will truly be a Phablet. LMAO

          • Cael

            NEXUS 7 (2015) PHABLET EDITION

        • MistaButters

          It’s just going to be called the 2015 Nexus 5, just like if there is a Nexus phone this year it will be called the 2014 Nexus 5.

      • WickedToby741

        Everyone keeps aiming that Nexus phones will keep increasing by generation number (next one is 6, then 7, etc.). But if you think about it, the display on the 5 is practically 5″. I think provided the next Nexus phone doesn’t cross the 6″ screen size barrier, it will be called the Nexus 5.

        • Tim242

          The display on the Nexus 4 was practically 5″. 4.7 rounds to five just the same as 4.9. Phones have never been named by screen size. Tablets are.

  • http://androidandme.com/ Taylor Wimberly

    Please call it the “Nexus X”

    • Cael

      Moto neXus.

      • creed

        Le nexus

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    • Mikey Styles

      Just stop plz.

    • angel maldonado

      LEXUS