Autumn is simply starting, and already we’ve had three massive flagships thrown at us inside the first few days of September: the Samsung Galaxy Note A (and Galaxy Note Edge, so perhaps 4 huge flagships), the Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen.), and eventually the Apple iPhone 6 (and S Plus... in order that's technically 5, I simply can’t rely). Regardless, right here we face most of the extra anticipated flagships we had hoped would launch within the latter half of 2014. Still, there’s only one extra telephone that we’ve turn into accustomed to see launched in autumn that also hasn’t been made fairly clear whether or not we'll even see it or not this yr, and that’s the subsequent era Google’s Nexus gadget.
Rumors have run amuck all yr on whether or not the Nexus line will proceed or not. At one level it appeared virtually sure that a new program from Google, referred to as Android Silver, would replace the Nexus line. Nexus has all the time been in style for operating a “pure” or “vanilla” Android expertise, in addition to being bought at full-worth for cheaper than your common bear for the previous few years. That being stated, Nexus by no means fairly rose to the identical degree of recognition that different Android flagships managed to succeed in. Android Silver, it appeared, was Google’s concept of a rebranding that might assist Google stand a bit of prouder within the identify of its personal platform, as Android Silver was rumored to be all about premium Android smartphones.
But rumors are simply rumors till confirmed, and plainly Google won't have given up on Nexus totally like a few of us might have initially thought. Recently talks of the Nexus S, or in some instances “Nexus X” (what's it concerning the letter X that makes issues so rather more fascinating?), have resurfaced and is rumored to point out up on cabinets someday in late October. There’s that key phrase once more, although. Rumored.
I’m hoping these rumors are true, although.
Not solely am I hoping to have the ability to look ahead to one other new flagship launch someday within the close to future, however I additionally really feel just like the Nexus line was simply beginning to take off. I understand that Nexus telephones have been initially designed to be an affordable and environment friendly device for builders, however as we might see with the Nexus H final yr, Nexus isn’t only for builders in search of an affordable system anymore. Google’s Nexus H had been praised as being “a flagship telephone with out the flagship worth” by many tech reviewers final yr, which is nearly as good of a cause as any to a minimum of verify the telephone out. You additionally need to think about that you simply don’t should mess with bloatware, and even being locked to a sure service because the telephone is unlocked. It actually is a reasonably candy deal.
So I’m considering that if the Nexus H might make such an enormous impression on individuals, a Nexus S might in all probability do one higher. Honestly, it’s not too arduous to make a aggressive flagship in comparison with this yr’s lineup. All you want is 3GB of RAM, the newest Snapdragon chipset, skip the 16GB of inner reminiscence and begin off with 32GB (and supply an alternate 64GB choice) and a microSD card slot, at the least a thirteen-megapixel digital camera, no less than a H-inch QHD show, and voila. Recipe for fast success, as long as the worth tag manages to remain under $four hundred. I know, I know - no flagship is more likely to truly beat out each different flagship available on the market and nonetheless handle to maintain an affordable price ticket, but when anyone can handle to do it, it will be Google. It's in all probability simpler stated than completed, in fact, however even together with simply a few of these qualities might put the Nexus S proper up there.
If a Nexus S is to not come to fruition this yr, or ever, I do marvel how Android Silver will play out. I don’t assume the Nexus line is prepared for retirement simply but, as a result of as I talked about earlier than, it looks like the road is simply now actually choosing up velocity. I suppose time will solely inform if a brand new Nexus is within the playing cards for us this yr or not, however right here’s hoping.