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This is why you don't have to buy a Nexus anymore

Nexus devices have been losing unique features with each new iteration. Other manufacturers now match the great price-performance ratio that the Nexus 4 and 5 offered (Motorola and OnePlus to name just two) and Android One devices beat them to the punch on new versions of Android. Now that the competition also pushes out monthly security patches, do we still need the Nexus series?

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Has the Nexus series had its day? / © ANDROIDPIT

What was once a unique selling point, is now available from many other Android manufacturers too. Samsung, Sony and many other manufacturers also offer quick updates, rolling them out earlier and more frequently than they used to. 

Many manufacturers also now provide critical monthly security updates (a move than prompted by the Stagefright vulnerability), so the Nexus line no longer has the advantage of better security either. This is good news for consumers, but means that the Nexus series has lost another unique selling point. (Not to mention that it's lost its "best price/performance" crown now that devices like the Moto X Pure provide better specs for only US$20 more.) 

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System updates are rolling out faster and more often. / © ANDROIDPIT

For a long time, updates for bug fixes always landed on Nexus devices first, but that's not the case anymore. Just as an Android One device was the first to get the patch to Android 5.1, Android 6.0.1 has already been spotted in on Android One phones in the Philippines.

Android One devices are available to buy in the US and the UK, so it's now possible to get new Android versions even sooner than Nexus owners. And with other manufacturers speeding up their development processes to narrow the gap between their phones and Google's (the LG G4 received Marshmallow only a short time after the Nexus 6P and 5X), is the Nexus series still so valuable?

What are your thoughts? Is there still a killer argument for the Nexus family? Or is the fact that other devices are quick to get updates ruining their appeal? Let us know in the comments.


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  • If you consider Samsung phone updates fast I think you need a dictionary. Samsung is one of the worst Android manufacturers when it comes to updates. The problem is that even after they make the update, they have to send it to the carriers, and they make more changes, and then it comes out. I am on Verizon, and they are the absolute worst for these updates. With a Nexus phone the update comes directly from Google, much faster, no middle man. That isn't even touching the massive amounts of bloatware, and the crappy user interface they skin. I am personally done with Samsung phones. The Nexus 6P will be my next phone, the nexus line use to be a test bed for new features, but Google seems to want it to be a nice, high quality platform now. I am really impressed with the new direction that the Nexus name is taking.

  • I don't belive that the Nexus series of phones could be nessery in future even the others phones are also good and chepeyer. once you have Nexus youll stay with it.

  • Abhyuday 10 months ago Link to comment

    If only Samsung would stop overpricing their goddamn phones, maybe the Nexus series would become unnecessary.

    • Mark S. 10 months ago Link to comment

      I agree with this. I applaud companies like Oneplus, Asus, Motorola, etc for releasing solid phones at a decent price point.

  • Robert 10 months ago Link to comment

    I have a nexus 6 and I see other devices receiving update to 6.0 yet I'm still on 5.1.1, so for me nexus HAS lost its main appeal for me. I was under the impression nexus got the updates quick, not that I would have to take the time to learn how to flash and sideload and all that, I'm a very busy person and I just expect to get what I pay for.

  • Bob visser 10 months ago Link to comment

    I don't really get the hype about nexus phones. I owned the Nexus 5 wich was a great device but also a terrible one at the same time. It always felt as Google uses nexus users as test subjects to look for bugs. I never had a device with so many big bugs as the Nexus 5.

  • VoneDaddy 10 months ago Link to comment

    If Samsung and the lot would stop forcing crappy bloatware and ugly skins down our throat then, and only then, will the Nexus be unnecessary.

  • Kind of a ridiculous article actually. I am a long time iPhone user who is switching to Android. Over the last two weeks, I have been test driving both the Nexus 6p and the Note 5. Although it is a great phone, the Note 5 had a tremendous amount of bloatware on it that I did not have the option of removing. In addition, the updates to software do not come directly from the manufacturer. It has to go through the process with the carriers as well, often times adding months to the process. So while the manufacturers are promising timely updates, it's not really in their hands only. There are a lot of people who troll Apple, but credit needs to be given on their ability to roll out updates quickly and easily. Nexus phones provide that level of ease as well. So, yeah, they are relevant.

  • It wasn't just the update availability.. it was about getting pure Android without all of the OEM Bloatware.. ala Samsung, ATT.. etc..etc... I just got my wife a Samsung 6 Edge+.. REALLY nice phone from a H/W perspective... TERRIBLE UI.. great Camera app... don't care for the UI at all.. especially the Settings UI.. UGH!! Touch-Wiz is terrible! I've been changing over to as many Google Apps for her as possible.. much simpler, leaner and MORE integrated with the mobile infrastructure.

    If I could get this phone with native Android... now THAT would be a VERY sweet platform!! (yeah.. i know... flash the ROM...) would prefer a native clean build on this out of the box!!

  • Skip Flem 10 months ago Link to comment

    If I use CyanogenMod 13.0 in my N7 '13, is it STILL a NEXUS???

  • this title only works out if all the manufacturer bring out their phone with clean android

  • Nexus is still a unique device with selling points that other devices either A. Don't have or B. Don't have in one device.
    1. CDMA and GSM radios allowing one to use any carrier and... Project FI.
    2. Easily unlockable bootloader.
    3. Extremely large development community.
    4. Cost/performance ratio is still top notch.
    5. Still consistently fastest overall for updates, across the board. There is no other line of devices that get them faster than Nexus, even Android One (overall)

    Those are just five simple reasons that the Nexus line is not insignificant today. The only OEM that can claim to edge up to Nexus is Motorola with their MotoX and MotoG 2015 line up.
    I'm starting to loath these articles, especially when they don't include all the information.

  • so how many OEMs are actually producing a intelligently augmented, clean fast regularly updated secure version of android OS ? I think the comment's on any
    "when will I get marshmallow on my Samsung" say everything about the fragmented state of android, and Huawei are considering a stock version depending on sales of the N6p.... so they must put a lot of value on a stock Nexus approach....

  • Frieder Z. 10 months ago Link to comment

    We don't buy Nexus devices just for the fast updates. We buy it because smooth stock android without bloatware. And Nexus devices are still the fastest in updates.

  • James Parr 10 months ago Link to comment

    I understand Google's gonna start makin' their own phones. Hardware and Software.
    It could still keep the same Badge.

  • K b 10 months ago Link to comment

    Because it's neXus ..... End of story. It's the phone every manufacturer wants to be like. Basically any (most) features or gimmicks can be downloaded with an app or added with a script/root privileges. It's THE developer phone and it'll never die, come on its Google's phone!!! It's neXus!!!

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