Goodbye Nexus Line.

September 7, 2016   /   byTalha Masood  / Categories :  Tech

“A phone that is made for developers and Android purists” “Google’s vision of how Android phones should be” These were the terms used in the earliest generation of the Nexus program. Then it evolved to “Unadulterated Android at a great price.” Now the evolution of this product that we love and cherish has ended and Google has finished the Nexus program.
The news comes from Android Police who claim that this year Google will introduce two devices under the name Pixel instead of Nexus. Android Police’s track record is quite positive when it comes to the legitimacy of their articles. so you can believe that this is actually happening.

Development and Freedom.

Ian Rankin once said “You need a great idea, but then you’ve got to carry it through. If you get it right, You’re going to be a critical success. But not everyone who works hard gets it right, or have the success they deserve; there’s an element of luck.” granted he didn’t have android or smartphone manufactures in his mind when he said this but I believe that this applies to the Nexus line pretty well. It was a great idea. It was a critical success. They got it right. It came out in a time where the market wasn’t so saturated so it had that element of luck but perhaps the most important thing about the Nexus line is that it proved something. It proved that you don’t need to have a flashy design to be aesthetically pleasing, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get the best experience, you don’t need any of the additional applications manufactures hard code into phones. Arguably this played the most essential part in getting smartphones where they are now and It’s very sad to see this program end it’s an end of an era.

The thing that separates Android from other major operating systems is it’s nature of freedom. You don’t like something you have the ability to change it, this is what fascinated me towards android in the first place and perhaps this was best defined and used by the Nexus devices. Google was regular in releasing kernel sources combine that with the AOSP project and you would get developers building their own interpretation of Android for these devices. This is paved the way for the likes for Cyanogenmod and Paranoid Android to become what they are now. Will the Pixel devices have the same freedom or will they have much more locked down sources favoring people who want more security? Only time will tell, but for now lets enjoy what we have, maybe the Pixel series will refine this idea instead of replacing it and if not we still have these devices to remind us that some thing this amazing existed.

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