If the rumors are to be believed, Google’s practice of outing only one stock-Android-toting Nexus smartphone each year will be thrown out the window. All sorts of tech sources online are reporting that four—as per Miami Heat fashion, it’s not one, not two, not thee, but four—manufacturers are going to release their Google-badged Nexus phones sometime soon.
Previous Nexus makers HTC and Samsung, as well as newcomers LG and Sony, are slated to release the next Nexus crop, popular among Android users for running on a pure and unadulterated, not to mention the latest, Android mobile operating system. The only confirmed manufacturer so far is LG. This batch of Nexus phones should likely carry the updated 4.1.x Jelly Bean version of the OS as Google has not officially announced a new version yet.
Nexus phones, particularly those purchased without carrier contracts, are also known to get the latest updates early. This is a big deal for many Android enthusiasts, as this ensures they will always enjoy the most polished Android version as well as the latest features and refinements implemented within the OS.
How Consumers Benefit
As a consumer, it is always great to have many options. It might seem that four (if the figure proves to be true) different Nexus smartphones in the same time frame is too much, and there will surely be a favorite, but it should be safe to assume that the respective devices would be different enough from each other that people would either gravitate toward a particular one based on specs, a specific selling point, and even brand loyalty.
Still, options are options. As opposed to just being able to choose between black and white (*cough* Apple *cough*), consumers can choose from multiple different models entirely. Contrary to other pundits citing the lack of consistency within the Nexus range of devices, there’s only really one bottom line to getting a Nexus smartphone: you get the latest stock Android OS on your mobile phone. Sure, the past units have looked nothing like each other, but how is that a bad thing? These phones aren’t iPhones, and there are many Android enthusiasts who prefer that their phones don’t look like the next guy’s phone.
As it stands, this fragmentation within the Nexus range isn’t going to put off many buyers. If anything, it will only make people think about their purchases more. They know they’ll be getting clean Android with the phones, so the decisions will depend on which features and specs individuals prioritize or prefer, and the models that come with those features will be chosen.
Of course, right now, everything is just a rumor. Only LG’s Nexus has been officially confirmed and we’re all waiting for a late October announcement. If the speculation proves to be true and we’re blessed with multiple Nexus phone options before Christmas, it’s definitely going to be great for everyone who wants to take the plunge. It’s certainly a different approach for Google and the phone manufacturers it enlists, so we will eagerly wait and see how it all pans out.