The evolution of the Nexus

One off? But there are five...

The evolution of the Nexus

The Google Nexus phone has, in many ways, helped revolutionise the mobile market in much the same way that the Apple iPhone has. It has also taken many hardware and software design cues from the iPhone, but then again so has nigh on every smartphone handset that we see today.

Apple's iPhone has undoubtedly been the catalyst that has changed the mobile market in ways that would have seemed so radical a few years back. If it wasn't for the iPhone, we might well have seen Android looking a lot more like the OS that graced BlackBerry devices.

The Google Nexus One was not the first Android phone to market, that was the T-Mobile G1. With manufacturers still seemingly unconvinced about creating devices for its new mobile OS, Google introduced the Nexus One to show developers just what the software could do.

Google had never planned on making the Nexus series into a staple of the annual smartphone diet. The original Nexus One handset was designed to give Android a push in the right direction, and nothing more. It obviously worked, as Android now holds over 70% of the mobile market in Europe.

Nexus One  Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus
The Nexus One, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus

Perhaps buckling under industry pressure to follow the Nexus One up with more, and more impressive hardware, the guys at Mountain View made a second. And a third. And then a fourth. And what's that? Number five is now upon us.

Google also decided to take this "one off" into the tablet market, showing the world how it feels tablets should be made. Again, we might never have seen these devices had it not been for the advent of the original iPad, a device that again pushed Apple into revolutionising a new market.

So how has the volatile nature of the mobile market changed the Nexus hardware and software over the years? Well just click next and we'll take you through the journey of Google's Nexus range.