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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I got the Galaxy Nexus from Optus last February, but they've since stopped carrying Nexuses.

It seems as though it's only online retailers that stock them, and not carriers.

It's not actually cheaper to buy them bundles, though; it cost me an extra $250 over 24 months to get a galaxy note 3 with Optus than it would have to buy one outright and go with an Optus reseller like Internode.
Resellers are a neat way to get much larger data caps for cheaper, but Optus only charge $10/GiB for excess data anyway, so it's not that much of a biggie.

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