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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"When you can buy a nexus 5 for $350, who in their right mind would pay $550 or more for a Galaxy S4?

I live in Australia. I've never seen a Nexus 4 and may never see a Nexus 5. I've seen plenty of Galaxy 4 phones though.

Given the fact that the Nexus 5 is sold out in australia I imagine that you will see one. Problem with the Nexus series is that not a lot of carriers offer them. But for anyone buying an off-contract android phone, it's a no-brainer.

The Google cloud-based ecosystem simply doesn't work in countries, like Australia, where mobile bandwidth is expensive and restricted.

That sentence makes no sense. Nothing about the nexus uses more bandwidth than a different Android phone.

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