It will be one of the first devices to rock Android 5.0 (yes, it is Lollipop), and will be the biggest Nexus smartphone to date, with a 5.96″ screen that nestles a Quad HD resolution. It looks like the device will continue the Nexus tradition of forgoing external storage, but will have 32GB and 64GB options, and will also come in two colors: white and blue. It’s built by Motorola, so physical similarities to the Moto X (as described by Androidcentral) shouldn’t be too surprising. It’ll reportedly have 3GB RAM, and a quad-core Snapdragon chip. It also packs a massive 3220 mAh battery.
We also hear it will be on all of the major cellular networks, allowing for pre-order towards the end of this month and availability in November. It will be $649 off contract.
The long-rumored HTC-derived Nexus 9 tablet is also set to be released; it has an 8.9″ screen and comes in 16GB and 32GB flavors. Also on deck is the cast-ready Nexus Player Entertainment console.
Google’s push to release more “Google Edition” phones continues with the HTC One now available on Google Play as a Google Edition device. This means that minimal manufacturer modifications have been applied – it’s all about the stock Android experience on this flagship device from HTC that has been praised as perhaps the top Android device available.
Of course, this comes at a steep price: $599 unsubsidized. While this can wind up saving money, with options like T-Mobile prepaid plans or MVNOs like Straight Talk available as opposed to more expensive post-paid plans, it’s still a high upfront cost for Google’s phones. Perhaps a partnership with a carrier like T-Mobile in the future may help increase the sales of these phones.
The HTC One on Google Play joins the Samsung Galaxy S4, along with the Nexus 4, as phones available from Google Play unlocked and with stock Android. Whether the Nexus line will continue remains to be seen.
Never mind that Google bought Motorola Mobility recently, Samsung recently went on stage with Google in Hong Kong to reveal the latest Nexus phone, running the newest version of Android: Ice Cream Sandwich. Check out our Ice Cream Sandwich rundown to get all the details on what that operating system will bring to the Galaxy Nexus, which will feature a stock Ice Cream Sandwich experience, but even this new Google Nexus phone has a variety of improved features. Here are 5 important features from this new phone from Samsung and Google.
1280×720 4.65″ screen: Yes, 720p screen on a phone. With a thin bezel of 4.29 mm to boot. The onscreen buttons go away when fullscreen content like video is displayed for no letterboxing of 16×9 content. This is on a Super AMOLED screen with a 4.29mm bezel. This comes out to about 316 PPI (pixels per inch), or just below the Retina Display’s 330 DPI. The shorthand? It’s a very impressive, high-detail screen.
Internals: The important numbers to know are that this phone has a whopping 1 GB of RAM (more than the iPhone 4S) and a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. As well, it boasts 32GB of internal storage.
Camera: While the 5 MP resolution isn’t top-of-the-line, it makes up for it in one key feature: instant shuttering. Photos can be taken as soon as the shutter button in the camera app is pressed, and taking several successive shots is easy as well. The camera also supports 1080p video recording, along with ICS’ new panoramic and time-lapse video recording features.
Network Speed: The phone will come in both LTE and HSPA+ variants, so hypothetically all US carriers should be able to support the Galaxy Nexus with marketed 4G speed.
NFC and Face Unlock: The Galaxy Nexus has an NFC chip (near field communications) built-in, so it can use services like Google Wallet, along with an ICS feature called Google Beam, which allows 2 phones to share information between them just by touching them together. As well, the front-facing camera can be used to unlock the Galaxy Nexus through facial recognition.