Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Nov 2013 09:01 UTC

Dieter Bohn, for The Verge:

So for a long time now, we've found ourselves asking the two questions again and again: what exactly is Google trying to accomplish with the Nexus program and what's the strategy with these Android updates? We sat down with three of the four main leaders of the Android team to ask those questions yet again. "Nexus stands for high specs at a really fair price," says Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering for Android. "The other thing is the updates come directly from Google. Those are the attributes of Nexus that I think people have really enjoyed and we're not changing that strategy."

Yet while Google's answers to these two questions have been remarkably consistent over the past couple of years (and remains consistent today), the Nexus 5 and KitKat themselves seem to give us a different answer than their predecessors. The hardware and the software tell a more ambitious story: older Nexus devices were Android phones, but the Nexus 5 is the first true Google phone.

Something is happening in the Android world.

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If you wanted a "nice" laptop and had the money in hand, there were NO Windows machines available. You HAD to buy an Apple, even if you didn't want.

That's not fully true. While it applies to most OEMs there was always the choice to buy a Sony Vaio.

Given the choice of Vaio vs. MacBook for a Linux system I always went for a Vaio. Even with Sony's tendency to go for some proprietary components quite like Apple, they were still way more compatible.

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