Google Nexus is a range of consumer electronic devices that run the Android OS.
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Google handles the design, development and marketing of the devices and the manufacturing is carried out by partnering with the original equipment manufacturers. Till date 6 smartphones and 4 tablets have been released. The latest devices available in the market as of April 2015 are Nexus 6 smartphone manufactured by Motorola, Nexus 9 Tablet manufactured by HTC and Nexus digital media player manufactured by Asus.
The Nexus line of products is Google’s flagship Android products. All Nexus devices contain an unlockable bootloader allowing further development and end-user modification. In June 2012, Google launched Nexus 7 which was a 7-inch tablet with 1280x800 pixel display. It was developed and manufactured by Asus. It was the first device to run Android 4.1 and it also made apps available via Google Play appstore. In July 2013, at a press conference Google introduced the second generation Nexus 7 developed and manufactured by Asus. It ran on the then latest Android version Android 4.3.
Google launched Nexus 10 a 10 inch tablet manufactured by Samsung. The Nexus 10 launched Android Jelly Bean which offered features like 360 degree panoramic photo stitching, widgets on the lock screen and an updated version of Google Now. Since it has been released it has gone through three software upgradation and at present it can be upgraded to Android 5.1 Lollipop. Google launched Nexus 9 developed and manufactured by HTC on November 2014. The device is available in two sizes – 16GB for US$ 399 and 32GB for US$ 479. Nexus 9 comprises of an 8.9 inch LCD display and dual front facing HTC BoomSound speakers.