The extended Nexus family: Google's golden Android standard

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The extended Nexus family: Google's golden Android standard

Google's Nexus line has long stood as the company's ideal vision of its widely adopted, open-source Android operating system. The devices, be they smartphones, tablets or even one-off media streamers, are built in conjunction with select hardware partners and represent an ideal marriage of tech specs with an unadulterated version of Android. It's Google's way of dealing with fragmentation (read: skinned versions) in the mobile OS market it created; a reference mark for manufacturers to aspire to, so to speak.

On the tail of the original Android handset's sixth anniversary and in the run-up to whatever new Nexuses come next, we take a look back at the hardware path that's been Google's gold standard for Android.

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  • The OG(1)
  • 'With Google' comes smartphone diversity
  • One singular sensation
  • A worthy sequel
  • The 'S' is for Samsung
  • Bang for your buck
  • White unicorn
  • Lucky number 7
  • The curious case of the Q
  • Glass-y and classy
  • Super-sized
  • Second time's the charm
  • A tasty tease
  • Big red
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