[The Backbencher] – The Google Nexus Experience – Thoughts from a Lifetime Android User










There is a big problem with the Android platform, and it has plagued it since its beginning; fragmentation. Due to the vast number of devices and device manufacturers out there consistent updates aren’t always delivered to every single device come every new version of Android. Now, this does make sense in certain cases; for instance, devices that are three or more years old would, as expected, be phased away à la natural selection. However, ever since the Nexus S Google has aimed, nay, made a pledge to guarantee software updates on their Nexus devices for at least 18 months from the device being released.


Nexus 5 Cropped (Image Credit: TheBackBencher)

Nexus 5 Cropped (Image Credit: TheBackBencher)

Now that the backstory is out of the way, let’s move forward in time. Specifically, October 31st 2013, the day Google finally, albeit subtly, launched the Google Nexus 5 as well as the new version of Android, KitKat, known numerically as 4.4. Nexus owners relished in the fact that their devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 variants), Nexus 10) would get the update within a week or two, or so they thought. I received the over the air (OTA) update on my Nexus 7 (2012) on November 26th, more than three weeks after Google officially launched it. I wasn’t that upset however; I figured it would be worth the wait, and no matter how late Google might be in delivering the update they would sure as hell be a lot faster than the other manufacturers like Samsung and HTC.

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I’m a 23 year old Maths Graduate, who has a great passion for technology and in my spare time I make videos on YouTube to show my passion. I'm also co-admin here at TeckComesFirst and I joined this site back in January 2012.
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