Firstly, I would like to apologize for not updating my blog for a while. There has been some work related stress and issues that left me a little demotivated to blog. I still keep up with the latest news from AndroidPolice, GSMArena and AndroidCentral. There have been some Android 4.2 issues which affects Nexus device owners (since they are the only ones who have Android 4.2 currently) but they have been covered by many sites so I didn’t feel much need to repeat them here except to say that you probably do not want to upgrade to Android 4.2 yet or be prepared to factory reset after you do. Anyways, I’ll probably do a round up later this week but we’re here to talk about the experience and story of a CM Exynos device maintainer.
Welcome to another post that focuses on Nexus rumors from around the web as the count-down towards Google’s Android event on October 29th get going. As a recap, Android turns 5 this year and this, coupled with rumors that Google may open up the Nexus program to more than 1 manufacturer has set the Android community in a frenzy of anticipation. Speculation has been rife on whether Google will release 5 new Nexus devices to celebrate Android’s 5th birthday. But, first things first. There’s another Android related birthday that just happened.
Before my Galaxy S2 came back from repairs, HTC One S was one of the phones I was considering due to its new processor architecture, the dual core 1.5GHz Krait CPU. However, I was recently alerted to the fact that the Malaysian version of HTC One S is in fact the non-Krait CPU version.
If you have been following mobile news sites for some time, you would probably have came across one, if not several, rumors and articles about the next Nexus devices. The last Nexus phone (not Tab) came last year around November and speculation has Google releasing a new Nexus phone every year, sort of like how Apple releases their new iPhone every year. As it is already October now, it is really no wonder that Nexus phone rumors are gaining in force.
The Nexus phone, for those who do not know, is an Android phone that comes without customization. This means that it is running Android OS as it was meant to be seen and used by Google. There are no OEM customization of any sort on these phones and therefore, these phones are in the very front of the line for any future Android software upgrades by Google. This pure “vanilla” Android experience and fast Android software upgrades are the key draws for people who are interested in these phones. Also, as these phones do not have any OEM customization, they would not suffer from bloatware or any other issues which may slow down the phone. However, they also do not receive certain OEM specific features like HTC Sense UI’s lockscreen or Samsung TouchWiz’s swipe to call and SMS features. It is not a phone for everyone as there are many who love each OEM’s customizations but it does draw its own crowd, myself included. Here, I will try to round up and make sense of the rumors surrounding the next Nexus phone.