Google Used to Sell $400 Flagship Phones, Like the iPhone SE
The iPhone SE stays in headlines as soon as once more in the present day, partly as a result of Apple can do no fallacious and likewise as a result of it offered a possibility for folk to dump on Google (which individuals weirdly love to do). It’s all a bit overly dramatic as the cellphone is a mid-range cellphone that has anti-specs of us actually into specs abruptly, nevertheless it did carry me again to reminiscences of a time the place Google was doing one thing related.
You might recall the Google Nexus program for a brief couple of yr interval. I’m speaking about the Nexus four and Nexus 5 years (possibly the GSM unlocked Galaxy Nexus in there too), the place Google was utilizing fairly high-end specs and letting you purchase these gadgets for round $400 or underneath.
This was the glory interval of the Google Nexus line that the majority bear in mind, since you may hop on Google Play (critically, Google bought gadgets there) and purchase a Nexus for a number of hundred , have it shipped straight to you, after which be part of the “stock” Android world that was so laborious to discover elsewhere.
The GSM model of the Galaxy Nexus price $399, the Nexus four was $299 or $349, and the Nexus 5 might be had for $349 or $399. The Galaxy Nexus first launched us to an HD show (720p with curved glass!), the Nexus four stored that HD show and added wi-fi charging, whereas the Nexus 5 had wi-fi charging, a 1080p show, and OIS. The Nexus four and 5 had the high Snapdragon processor of the time too. Outside of missing LTE in a pair fashions, these had been totally spec’d out telephones at the $400 worth level (or underneath).
Sure, they weren’t extensively adopted as a result of Google solely bought them at these costs straight and US prospects are grossly hooked up to their carriers. It won’t have been sustainable or possibly they received grasping and created the Pixel line. But it’s nonetheless price remembering that Google had a popularity for a number of years as offering telephones at unbelievable costs with higher-end specs. They ran clear Android, they received updates, you may tinker with them, they seemed enjoyable, they usually launched new options to Android, and so they let a few of us be part of a enjoyable little crowd.
I believe all of us perceive that Google was both shedding cash or making little or no on these Nexus telephones and that Apple will nonetheless scrape away strong earnings from this new iPhone SE. I nonetheless miss these days and want by some means, a way they might return.