The next Nexus: What last year’s peculiar pair might mean for 2016

by: Matthew BensonJanuary 25, 2016
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Upside down: last year Google turned Nexus expectations on their heads. Will 2016 surprise even more?

2015 was a groundbreaking year for Google’s Nexus program, in several different ways. For one, there were in fact two smartphones released, yet at the same time, there was no tablet or specifically branded accessory to be found despite the actual Nexus event last September bringing forth 5 products in total. The aim of this piece is to take a quick look at what last year did – and didn’t – offer, and consider what 2016 may have to offer, especially given that rumors have already begun to surface that HTC will be tasked with making two different Nexus smartphones.

The original “strange” strategy

The announcement of two separate Nexus smartphones from Google last year came as a profound shift in its established Nexus program. In a way, it represents the largest change of strategy since 2013’s temporary decision to allow for “Google Experience Edition” products, know as “GPe” for short. The GPe program basically allowed for products unaffiliated with the Nexus program to be sold directly from Google with Vanilla Android.

Several devices were offered, from a number of manufacturers including the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPe, the HTC One M8 GPe, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPe, and the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe. Many of these products received OS updates far quicker than their “skinned” counterparts, and in some cases when their default variant received nothing at all.

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The new strategy

Whereas 2013 officially brought the LG Nexus 5 and 2014 the Motorola Nexus 6, 2015 saw the release of a Huawei Nexus 6P, and an LG Nexus 5X, with the former representing the high end of the spectrum, and the latter offering offering more mid-range specs and pricing.

Given that Google has now established that a phablet Nexus has relevance as well as a more standard sized version, there is good reason to assume 2016 will see a similar strategy. This is all the more relevant when one considers that the Nexus smartphones, in many ways, represent the Google antithesis to Apple’s iPhones. And just as Apple now has two sizes of its own products – perhaps three this year – so too does Google.

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Of course with the Nexus program, the choice has seemingly less to do with iOS competition and more to do with “internal” options. There has never been more Android phones offered than there are today, with the New York Times, last year, stating that over 1000 different companies are making phones. Given some of the strange ones that released – a Pepsi phone anyone – it’s easy to see just why the number has grown.

By giving the Nexus smartphone program a two-pronged approach, it thereby allows Google to cater to two markedly different markets, and offer compelling products that can stand their own with respect to the aforementioned “internal” competition, especially given that many of the products originating from Asia have heavily skinned user interfaces.

What dreams may come

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Could HTC be making the next Nexus?

In assuming there will be two Nexus smartphones released in 2016, the question is who is going to be making them. Would Google pick a pair of producers as it did last year, or will it stick with a single supplier? Given that the first month of 2016 has already passed the half-way point, it is only fitting rumors of this year’s new Nexus devices have begun to start up. Indeed this year, perhaps more so than in those now gone, many in the Android community have increasingly higher expectations of what Google will deliver for the platform itself given the negative reaction ushered in by the Pixel C and its perceived shortcomings, namely the lack of split-screen multitasking and a plethora of tablet-optimized software.

Last week a rumor appeared originating from China’s Weibo social network that claims HTC will be making both a higher-end and lower-end Nexus smartphone this year, and that the former will land at 5.5 inches and the latter at 5.0 inches. The rumor was then expanded when two alleged product model numbers leaked. While some might argue it is too early for plausible rumors to begin for a Nexus product, last year the talk of Huawei making a device began quite early as well, and indeed such talk became a reality as last fall eventually played out.

Hints by Huawei

While any given situation may be fluid until the details and specifics are settled via contract, there is already a bit of evidence to suggest Huawei will be involved in this year’s Nexus project. It is important to consider the not-so-subtle “hint” that Huawei dropped in a recent interview with us, suggesting that it might have another close-working relationship with Google for 2016. (For reference, fast forward to the 3:10 minute mark to find the specific section referenced).

Of course this could ultimately be anything, assuming it to be true at all: a new tablet, a new Chromebook, a new Chromecast. The list could seemingly go on forever given that Huawei manufacturers far more than just devices. To play it safe however, let it be assumed the device in question would be a Nexus smartphone. This would mean either a repeat of the 6P – i.e. a top tier product – or it could be a replacement for the 5X.


While some might argue that it making a mid-tier product after crafting last year’s high end device might be seen as an insult to Huawei, do consider that the Chinese OEM is (1) quite adept at making high quality, affordable devices, and is (2) quite interested in expanding its market share and brand recognition around the world. Unlike Samsung, which allegedly named the Nexus S such because it refused to be considered “number two”, Huawei might have no qualms with the idea of producing a lower-end device, all the more so given that the 6P already proved it could do top-tier, and all the more so given that the 6P will inevitably still be sold for some time after this year’s models are announced and released.

Assuming the rumor does pan out though, and HTC will make both smartphones, the partnership which Huawei hinted could mean the OEM is working on whatever tablet Google plans to bring out this year. Given that Huawei makes numerous tablets, and just announced a newly designed product around CES, such a product would not be out of bounds to consider.

Returning to HTC…

At the same time, while HTC certainly had a flagship phone in its One M9 last year, the device was also playing it very safe. HTC has not released a truly large screen product since 2013’s HTC One Max. Moreover, HTC is also facing continued hardships with earnings and criticism for its choices. Google may not feel comfortable trusting the Taiwanese OEM with handling a potentially volatile project like the 2016 flagship Nexus smartphone out of sheer fear of seeing a repeat of the shortages that befell the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. Huawei, for that matter, is an infinetly larger enterprise and therefore far better able to meet the manufacturing needs and supply demands of what could be a growing demand as the Nexus line becomes more well-known among the average consumer.

The supply issue problem would become seemingly a larger one if HTC makes both smartphones this year, because then it has two separate lines to worry about all the while trying to salavage its own brand and continue to develop products that make use of the A9’s new controversial design. There is also a fair question in asking how much power the HTC brand itself has given that (1) the company has fallen from grace in recent years, and (2) its sole Nexus smartphone was the original Nexus One, released at a time when arguably few people really knew what Android was compared to the absolute dominance the platform now enjoys.

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The supply issue is also a problem given that Google clearly went for two different design languages with last year’s Nexus smartphones. The 6P looks quite different than the 5X. If HTC makes both devices, it would mean that the OEM would either make two clones of different sizes, or else make two entirely different products which means double the details and delivery. It would also serve to make the Nexus line into something more akin to ZTE’s Axon products, which come in different sizes yet essentially look the same. This would be good for continuity, however it would be bad in terms of creativity.

The Nexus 9 “problem”

While some might be thrilled with the idea that HTC could be producing a possible pair of new Nexus smartphones for this year, there are unfortunately a number of individuals that are decidedly anything but. This stems largely from the HTC Nexus 9 tablet which was released in the Fall of 2014 along with the Motorola Nexus 6. The tablet had issues with the build quality, to say the least: the volume and especially power buttons were seemingly recessed into the tablet such as to be difficult to operate, something which was apparently addressed over time with newer production runs.

The screen, however, was an issue which plagued people and to this day still commands outrage and disgust. Those who received or purchased units with a large amount of backlight bleed found enjoying their tablet to be a challenging experience. All the more so given the cost of the device when it released. While HTC phones typically do not suffer from this problem – or at least not to the level that the Nexus 9 apparently did – it has definitely left some sour grapes to say the least.


This is in addition to the overall issue that many felt: the build itself of the Nexus 9 was horribly lacking for the price point. Rather than using a unibody metal design as HTC does with its flagship phones, the company instead made a “cheap” plastic rear. Said issue was intensified by the black color model’s rear panel which had a considerably amount of give when pressed, as opposed to the white option.

The size situation

Another point worth discussing is the idea that this year’s Nexus devices will be 5.5 and 5.0 inches as opposed to the 5.7 and 5.2-inch products that 2015 saw release. In dropping the larger device further – consider the Nexus 6 was almost a full 6-inches – it would then be on screen parity with Apple’s inevitable iPhone 7 Plus. This may work out for the better, or it might work out for the worst. Aside from that, there would be a clear segment of consumers who would be displeased that their phablet dreams would be dashed. Considering that the LG G4 – a standard smartphone – came in at 5.5 inches as well, it does indeed seem more clear that phablets need to be at least 5.7 inches or larger.

Given the overall satisfaction that seemed to be present last year with respect to the sizes of the 5X and 6P, it seems highly questionably that Google would further shrink both of its 2016 Nexus devices – assuming there are two – just for the sake of making them smaller. If anything the hardware itself could be reduced in size – the top and bottom bezels come to mind – yet leave the display sizes as they are for now.

Tablet talk

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The other issue to consider is the next tablet, assuming there is one at all. Whereas 2015 was the first year ever since the original Nexus 7 tablet released in 2012 to not see a new Nexus tablet, there was still the Pixel C released. Running stock Android and receiving updates directly from Google, it is in many ways a “pure” Nexus, developed and manufactured directly by Google rather than through an OEM partner. (Though ironically enough a partner was still obviously used to manufacture the device itself as Google lacks production facilities) .

There is no telling what kind of a Nexus tablet might hit in 2016. It could be a new 7-inch product, especially if the new large Nexus smartphone were to indeed shrink to a 5.5-inch display. It could be a new 10.1 inch device. It could be anything really, but given the decreasing tablet sales as well as neither the Nexus 9 nor the Pixel C taking off by any accounts, it might be more sensible for Google to just fold the Nexus tablet line altogether.

Wrap up

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Suffice to say, 2016 is going to be another big year for the Nexus program. Regardless of who makes what device, how many devices release, or even what size they may be, with the presumed inclusion of multitasking and possibly other new additions, it is likely that whatever products are manufactured and sold will be at the forefront of Google’s mobile domination.

Only time will tell what device(s) are ultimately announced and released. Given that Google looks to be making a formal unveiling of “Android N” this summer, it is theoretically possible there could be a new Nexus product announced then. More likely than not however, whatever devices may this way come will probably not see a formal unveiling until the fall.


  • wingzero0

    “Considering that the LG G4 – a standard smartphone – came in at 5.5 inches as well, it does indeed seem more clear that phablets need to be at least 5.7 inches or larger.”

    I disagree. The G4 is indeed a PHABLET. There’s nothing standard about its size. While trimming bezels does help in overall size, the screen is still quite large.

    Notice that no other OEM makes their ‘standard’ sized phone screen quite this large.

    • Marc Perrusquia

      The G4 was no phablet, it was a compact slightly larger device.

  • Liberty 1

    When discussing the shortcomings of the Pixel C I think you meant “dearth of tablet optimized software” not “plethora”. Android does not suffer from an overabundance of tablet optimized software. ?

    • PC_Tool

      I think in large part due to their mis-handling of the Nexus line of tablets. The 10 and 7 were great. The 9 was (IMO) a ridiculous compromise between the two.

      My Nexus 10 is just about dead but my LTE Nexus 7 is still going strong.

      I wouldn’t mind seeing an update to the Nexus 7 with front-facing speakers and a better DAC, and I would love to see a Nexus 10 with LTE. If they can force Samsung to do without the “button”, I’d love to see them give them another go with both of them.

  • Virtual Anomaly

    I’m waiting for Samsung to make a new one. AND SONY.

  • charlie Jason

    Huawei has proven themselves, let them make another one.
    Samsung would also be great, considering their cutting edge technology in OLED and camera, but I doubt they will take the offer as they already have a huge market share and big brand recognition.

    • bjrosen

      Samsung has the technology but they don’t have the heart for doing Nexus devices. The Galaxy Nexus was a disaster, there were almost no updates, the whole idea of a Nexus device is that they get frequent updates and long support periods. LG did a great job with the 5 and the 5x is an OK update. Huawei produced the terrific 6p. I only wish it had Qi chargeing. But aside from that it’s fantastic. I’d be happy with either LG or Huawei getting another shot.

  • Casey Robertson

    Wasn’t it called ‘Google Play Edition’ and not ‘Google Experience Edition’?

    • Brad

      Google Experience is the launcher

  • wicketr

    “Given the overall satisfaction that seemed to be present last year with respect to the sizes of the 5X and 6P, it seems highly questionably that Google would further shrink both of its 2016 Nexus devices”

    Well, i for one still miss the days of a 4.7″ smartphone. I felt it was the best size to handle with one hand. There has not been a one-handed Nexus phone in a LOOOOONG time. It’s high time they make one.

    • Somebody

      Once you’ve held a Nexus 6 with a Ballistic Maxx case on it, even a 6P is a one-hander…

      • wicketr

        Even still, you can’t reach your thumb from corner to corner without some precarious phone gymnastics in your hand.

        • Kyle Lyles

          Uh… What are you doing with that other hand?

          You might go blind!

          Seriously, the Nexus 6 is a one handed device for my son and I. I’m 6’4″ and he’s 6’7″ There are plenty of phones for little people.

          • TheinsanegamerN

            Like what? outside of the xperia compact and iphone 6s, almost none exist.

          • Arunkumar Balakrishnan

            In all fairness, the OP has a point. I had the Nexus 4 and it was perfect. Currently, I’m using the 5.5″ OnePlus One, and it’s a two handed device. I could be eating and texting, and let me tell you, the One is not a fun device to type/swipe when you’re doing that. I’m 5’11” myself and I can understand that not all of the people out there want a huge phone. Make the premium phone as 5.5″/5.7″ and leave the smaller phone as 4.7″ or 5″. You satisfy both parties then.

    • john

      I am currently use a phone with 5.5″ size. And its getting “smaller” by days. I am due to change to a new phone this Nov/DEC and I want to switch to nexus line and I hope it will offer a phone with 5.7″ or bigger!!

    • Eklavya Verma

      You mean those days, between the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014, the period when the average smartphone was 4.7 inches? I find it amusing when people say “I miss the days” or “I miss those days”, like it was a long time ago. Neither was it so far back that the average size of a smartphone was 4.7 inches, nor was that particular size such a big trendsetter that everyone started missing it all of a sudden. In fact the actual trendsetter was the iPhone which came at 3.5 inches in 2007, an already large screen size for its time, and set in motion the smartphone race we have today. Next was the Galaxy Note, which at 5.3 inches spurred a new category entirely, and with it brought media consumption and productivity to the forefront, after which every manufacturer started increasing the size of their phones with each successful iteration to appeal to increasing consumer expectations.

      In fact, please prove me wrong by listing here the smartphones from the “days of 4.7 inch”, because frankly, there were no ‘days’ as such. We have always had larger and smaller smartphones, and we have them even today, with choices in every ecosystem from Android to iPhone to Windows.

      As for the Nexus line and the “LOOOOONG” time for a one-handed smartphone, the Nexus 5, with a 4.95 inch screen size, was released in October 2013. That was only 2 years ago. If you find a 4.7 inch screen size one-handed, 4.95 won’t be that different. You can still buy it, and it runs pretty great. Snapdragon 800 is an excellent chip.

      (And for those that would like to bring the iPhone’s story here, realize that iPhones have always sold no matter the screen size. The sales of iPhones increased gradually as the world matured towards the smartphone. And Apple has been notorious to increase the screen size with each major iteration post iPhone 4, so that it can appeal to a wider audience. So if this year Apple decides to launch a 5 inch regular iPhone, its not like people will stop buying it simply because it is larger than last year’s model. In fact the sole reason the smaller iPhone today sells more than the larger one is due to it being cheaper. Just as a social experiment, if Apple decides to price the larger variant the same as the smaller variant, then the sales figures would climb for the larger variant.)

      So now that I am done ranting like a big jobless man sitting in my mother’s basement, I feel the need to go make me a sandwich. See you again soon.

  • flye

    Judging on how many complains on the nexus 9.

    I rather htc not make anything nexus.

    Their time has gone.

    • Somebody

      The only problem with the Nexus 9 is that they picked a crappy tegra soc for it. Made it a bit less tablet and a bit more frying pan. Would have been much nicer with an SD805. The soc choice was clearly google’s though, since you can see the same flaw in the Pixel C.

      • Marty

        Heh…the SoC is about the only thing I like about the N9. The light bleed, no HDMI, wireless charging and poor wired charging are ruining it for me. But the SoC is powerful and strong.

        • Somebody

          You very thoroughly read all the reviews and allowed them to make up your mind for you. Those “issues” are either non-existent, or non-issues. Wireless charging being a possible *minor* exception. I don’t find wireless charging to be all that relevant on something as big as a tablet. Spend more time lining it up than actually using it.

          • Marty

            That’s okay. If HTC makes a Nexus device, see how I and others vote with our dollars. Let’s see you denounce the issues then. Stubbornness is not a quality.

    • Ivan Budiutama

      Tablet making is not really a proper way to judge the manufacture’s capability in building a device. I mean, most company would not invest too much on tablet market. Considering the Tablet market is staggering by days, especially Android Tablet. There are Phablets around and people seemed to be much more interested on Phablet, investing too much on staggering market is not really a good option.

  • Somebody

    Am I seeing someone blaming production shortcomings for the Nexus 4 and 5 on LG? Must keep in mind that the Nexus 6 (Motorola) was hit with exactly the same problem.

    It is a mistake to suggest that HTC only produced a single “NEXUS”. First off, the ADP1 and ADP2 were made by HTC, those were “Nexus” before they came up with the name, also the Nexus 9. So by *MY* count, that’s FOUR “Nexus”-equivalent devices that have been produced by HTC. More than ANY other manufacturer.

    The lack of 2015 “nexus tablet” was more a semantic difference than a real difference. Nexus implies being designed and built by someone else. Obviously they wanted to distinguish Pixel C from that, and did so by changing the name from Nexus to Pixel.

    Pixel = designed by Google, with outsourcing done in the same way that apple outsources to Foxconn.
    Nexus = designed and built by somebody else and includes their logo, this is more of a partnership.

  • Pez Smith

    Not HTC please. The Nexus 9 has lots of light bleeds.

    • Marty

      And no HDMI out or wireless charging. Plus it didn’t charge well even with its own charging brick.

      • Somebody

        You realize that it has a 6700 mAh battery?
        With a (typical) 20% loss, that’s 16 hours to a full charge on a standard 500 mA USB. The factory charger triples that to 1.5 amp. That’s still over 5 hours.

        It doesn’t matter who the manufacturer is, its PHYSICS.

        As far as no HDMI output goes… Google calls it “chromecast”, and its wireless, and cheaper than an HDMI cable at a big box electronics store.

        • Marty

          Okay…the battery charging…sometimes the battery loses charge while plugged into the charger and being used. And I have other tablets with as large or larger batteries that do not lose charge or exhibit the charging issue the N9 does.

          The Chromecast…try using a Chromecast in a hotel room that requires device authentification. (Not a wifi password). F-ck Google if they stubbornly refuse to see the need.

          • GeekierThanYourLocalGeekSquad

            The problem you have is your trying to use it in a hotel. Hotels suck, stay at home or a airbnb. Problem solved.

          • Marty

            Huh…[scratching head with puzzled look on face]…I wonder why I didn’t think of that. I’ll just stay home and my boss can go screw himself. I won’t have a job, but hey! No need for HDMI out. :)

          • GeekierThanYourLocalGeekSquad

            Yup. Easy. :)

          • Kody

            Lol, so if you don’t go to the hotel, your boss won’t have anyone to screw but himself. Interest line of work.

          • Marty


          • Marty

            Decided to reword it…thanks to you…lol

          • Kody

            Lol, sorry. I have a childish sense of humor.

          • Marty

            No problem…lol…needed to be done long before now.

      • Pez Smith

        I have 3 of them but no issue with their supplied chargers.

    • Somebody

      LOL. “light bleeds”. That phenomenon is a characteristic of ALL *LCD* displays.
      LCD works by blocking the backlight with colored filters. The filters can NEVER block 100% of the light.

      AMOLED, on the other hand, doesn’t use a backlight at all. It uses colored LEDs on the surface. Hence zero bleed.

      The downside of AMOLED is that it makes your eyes bleed.
      The downside of LCD is, generally, power consumption and a bit of light leakage.

      AMOLED needs an absurdly high resolution in order to get beyond the pain threshold. About 500 pixels per inch. As a side-effect, the higher the overall resolution, the greater the computational cost for driving it. It can be acceptable on a phone, where you can run something like 2560×1440 on about 6″, and end up with a decent balance. Look at a tablet though, you end up with 4 times as many pixels, and a very severe computational cost in running it. Hence LCD wins for tablets.

      • Marty

        The backlight bleed of the N9?? Worse than anything else I own or have seen. And I mean along the edges of the display.

      • Pez Smith

        I bought 3 of those because my kids like the size & format. All 3 have light coming off each corner & along some edges. I don’t care much about that because I don’t use the tablet myself. Of course, it would have been nice if they managed to minimise the bleeding. My LG G Pad 8.3 has miniscule bleeding.

        My better half’s Galaxy Tab S screen is amazing!

      • Joshua Hill

        If you knew anything of the N9 LCD light bleed scandal you would know it was atypical even for LCD’s. Try and be correct before bringing your condescending LOL’s

      • Tim Tian

        Eyes bleed? Did I miss something?

      • dgw

        AMOLED does what now? It gives very deep blacks and amazing contrast. What part of that makes your eyes bleed?

  • Tino73

    It would be crazy to reduce the screen even more. Once you had Nexus 6 in your hand it is almost impossible to go smaller to 5.5″. Looks like I will be holding on to my Nexus 6 for a long time and move on to a not Nexus device with a 6″ or 5.7″ in the future.

    • Joshua Hill

      I want a <5" Nexus. To continue increasing screen size would be crazy. Outside of the U.S.A. where Google's Nexus pricing has become more and more expensive they just aren't as attractive devices compared to the competition. Having a 'not Nexus device' isn't the end of the world :)

    • john

      I have used a phone with screen size of 3.7″ to 4.7″ to what I have right now 5.5″. I can’t image myself going backward. Matter of truth is that 5.5″ is getting too small for me.

    • Tino73

      They should keep 5.7″ or 6″ for those who like big screens and 5″ for people who like smaller screens. Having to change my Nexus for another maker just because of the screen would be a total heartbreak, there is nothing out there like vanilla Android and the ability to update Software right away.

    • Eklavya Verma

      Yeah, buy the Mate 8, slap on Nova Launcher, and dang! You got your 6 inch phone that is not Nexus!

  • Joshua Hill

    SONY!!! I know their U.S.A. presence is less than their international one in the Android space. However, if Google want to keep their partners happy surely they need to spread the Nexus love around a little more than they have been???

    • Please no

      • Anon

        yeah it will be crazy expensive if sony made a nexus

        • john

          I love Sony, but please no Sony nexus. Yes. It will be expensive!!

    • Johan

      Please yes

  • Anthony Stewart

    I am praying to God that HTC doesn’t make the Nexus.

  • Please pick samsung or make a pixel c phone. I want real quality. Software will already be great. They just need soild build quality with great looks.

  • Shellyman 8K

    HTC Nexus? Heck no…

  • Mail carrier

    If the phone has a larger battery than most HTC offerings, somewhere in the 4000 neighborhood, boom sound with the dual front speakers they are famous for, wireless charging, and a decent display that’s big enough for me(5.7-6″), easily seen in sunlight, and a decent camera I’d be all in. Idc how thick the phone is as long as its got a massive battery. SD card tray and Snapdragon 820. Let’s go HTC, that’s what I want. Build it!

  • Wezi427

    The only concern with HTC is the camera.

  • billy colello

    First off they need to stop making the phones smaller not every one has baby hands… Hate all this shrinking… Second It was a horrible move to only sell them through Google Play Store… I know many who wanted a 6p but Are not buying out side Thur carrier…

    • TheinsanegamerN

      What shrinking? screen sizes have been going up for years, and only in 2016 are they considering going down to more usable sizes.

      Also, you cant sell these phones through carriers, because they dont get updates from carriers, and carriers wont sell phones directly that they dont control.

      • billy colello

        I have a nexus 6… That has a 6 inch screen it’s considerably larger than the 6p… I also got it at T-Mobile just like my previous nexus devices… And I get my updates the day the are available… You clearly don’t know what you are talking about

  • Thariq Mohammed

    I’m looking for a Xperia Nexus

  • Schroeder

    I have the nexus 6 but I feel like it’s a tad too large. I’d be down for a high end Nexus phone that is more like 5.5″ with all the good stuff like OIS, sharp display, big battery… The one gripe I have with the Nexus 6 is the high resolution and large display eat at the battery and keep me from having all day capabilities. Fortunately it charges rather quick (100% in roughly 90 mins).

  • Rob Munchy

    Quit bitchin people nexus 9 the best tablet by far. And for light bleeding mine has none, so it prolly where ya got it from, mine was from amazon. Nexus 7 2012 was a piece of shit and nexus 7 2013 wasn’t much better. Nexus 10 was a piece of shit too. And why the hell would I buy a nexus 7 2016, downgrade size fuck that and huawei is a shit brand. People just bitch to bitch. Reason why bigger tablets have light bleeding if any is because bigger the LCD the more light dumb asses, so comparing to other tablets is dumb as fuck. Nexus 7 had light bleeding and so did the nexus 10, if ya didn’t notice go get some glasses. To finish you try building your own tablet and then call htc and get a job, other than that stfu thanks.

    • Wezi427

      Have you ever heard of anger management? I agree with you, other than the Nexus 10 being a piece of shit. I thought it was a very good tablet.

  • Tim Tian

    Samsung should make the phablet.

  • John Friend

    You forgot the nexus 7 2013. Also you forgot that chrome os is being discontinued.

    Why can’t we have a rebirth of Asus padfone? A 5″ phone with an 11″ tablet and keyboard dock. Runs windows 10 with Microsoft android runtime for apps. Batteries in each compartment. One device and done.

  • Greg

    Untill they make another 6 inche screen product I’m sticking with my nexus 6 best phone I have ever had despite its issues

  • FlipJumpman

    Sony Xperia Nexus 2016!

    • TheinsanegamerN

      Xperia compact nexus!

  • Jasmine Vo

    You should probably take Ptel off the list. They just announced the company is closing shop in a few days (end of January.)

  • maverick7526

    Hopefully they don’t shrink the screen size, otherwise I’m holding onto the 6P for another year. Once you go 6″ it is hard to go down, and 5.5″ is too small for a phone screen.

  • Good lord, someone should have proof read instead of just autocorrect lol. I’d probably skip nexus this year if HTC makes the flagship. The last cpl yrs have been big fails as far as high end is concerned. They still can’t do a camera and that’s the last thing the nexus brand needs AGAIN. HUAWEI knocked it out of the park this year and I think they should get dibs on the flagship. Honestly, when they made the 6p for 500 bucks it’s nothing short of amazing. What do you get from HTC for 500? The A9?! That’s just crazy stupid. It’s barely midrange when you get the 6p for the exact same price!

  • didymus03

    The big problem with HTC in the past was camera quality. They have had good designs and not the worst software, but display quality hasn’t been amazing either. For me it completely depends on the whole package: design, specs, and especially camera. Nexus phones at least always get good software and support.


    Lg is proven they can do it again. But for the sake of htc who is a orginal android OEM let them prove what they can do. It could save them or break them.

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  • Chief

    HTC has been one of the most forward thinking Android handset makers since it began. They deserve to be given this boost by Google. God knows they need it.

  • nickmgray

    Your comments about supply issues are a bit off base. If anything, HTC would be more than able to meet high demand for multiple Nexus phones since their factories are not running at full capacity. The reason there have been shortages of Nexus phones is the past is because Google did not properly forecast demand for the devices. They did not build up enough inventory prior to launch. That is not the manufacturer’s fault at all. It’s Google’s.

    For those complaining about what features the Nexus 9 did or did not have, you have to remember that Google is the one that is placing the order. Google didn’t ask for wireless charging, they didn’t ask for HDMI out (come on, I can’t even remember when the last time I used that on a mobile device) and Google did request the Nvidia SoC. Yes, the tablet was built by HTC, but it’s Google’s tablet.

  • Jam17

    As long as the specs are in check, I don’t care who’s name is branded on it.

    Most importantly, the larger Nexus better be at least 5.7″. I’m using an N6 currently (5.96″ screen) and after getting used to it I can’t imagine going much smaller

  • John Quincy Adams

    I am typing this on my new Nexus 9 and I don’t see this so-called light bleed issue. Seems like a great tablet to me. Go HTC

  • The

    I’d vote Sony. HTC has been a sketchy manufacturer at best lately.

    • Marty

      That statement is reflected in the HTC 10. HTC chose to give their last dying gasp of a product a crappy display. And not any ordinary crappy display, they gave it a display that turns pink at moderate angle. I shit you not.

      HTC went all out on nearly everything about the 10, but skimped on the most visible and critical part: the display.

      “Sketchy” is an understatement.