NEW NEXUS PHONE: Google's plans for 2015

Nexus fans not so keen on ph­ablets will be pleased to learn talk of a new Nexus phone is of a Nexus 5!

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Google un­veils a new Nexus phone ev­ery year, and a 2015 Nexus phone is al­ready in the works. But with the names Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 7 al­ready in use, what ex­actly will we get in 2015? We ex­am­ine the ru­mours sur­round­ing what should be the new Nexus 5 2015.

In Oc­to­ber 2014 Google an­nounced its Nexus 6 phone. It was ex­pected to go on sale in Novem­ber, but it was ac­tu­ally get­ting on for Christ­mas be­fore stock was avail­able.

Peo­ple were des­per­ate to get their hands on the new Nexus 6, de­spite the fact it was pos­si­bly

Google's most un­ex­cit­ing phone launched yet. Sure, it had the brand-new Lol­lipop OS and some pow­er­ful hard­ware in­side, but for many cus­tomers the 5.96in Quad HD dis­play was sim­ply too big, while the £499 price no longer of­fered such bril­liant value as did the pre­vi­ous Nexus 5 and Nexus 4.

Google no­ticed the dif­fer­ence in its Q1 2015 earn­ings call, too. While tak­ings were up 23 per­cent YOY from Google Play, rev­enue was down 3 per­cent com­pared to the pre­vi­ous quar­ter, and the Nexus 6 hadn't been nearly as suc­cess­ful as pre­vi­ous Nexus de­vices. It's pos­si­ble that the 2014 Google phone was sim­ply priced too high to gar­ner the same kind of mass ap­peal as did the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.

And those phones re­ally were killer Google phones, with the Nexus 4 an­nounced in 2012 with an un­be­lie­ve­ably low SIM-free price of £239, and in Oc­to­ber 2013 the Nexus 5 fol­lowed that tra­di­tion with un­ri­valled value for money at £299.

That's the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 cov­ered. Mean­while, the Nexus 7, which was last re­freshed way back in 2013, is still one of the best­value 7in tablets around (the Nexus 9 and Nexus 10 are larger tablets). Google no longer of­fi­cially stocks the Nexus 7, but you can still get your hands on one on­line, and for not much more than £100.

What will the new Nexus phone be called?

With only the Nexus 8 model name go­ing spare, Google's ei­ther go­ing to have to start re­fresh­ing its ex­ist­ing prod­uct lines, adding the year as it did with the sec­ond-gen Nexus 7, or go down the Ap­ple route with the ad­di­tion of an 'S'. Per­haps in 2015 we'll get a new Nexus 5s, or a new Nexus 6s.

…Or both. Since early ru­mours cir­cu­lat­ing on the web sug­gest Google is in talks with both LG and Huawei for its new Nexus phone (which LG has now con­firmed, say­ing the new Nexus phone is "un­der con­sid­er­a­tion at LG"). It's pos­si­ble that we'll see both a new phone and a new tablet, or maybe a new phone and a new ph­ablet, with LG mak­ing one de­vice and Huawei the other.

LG, of course, made the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, while Mo­torola made the Nexus 6, Asus made the Nexus 7, HTC made the Nexus 9 and Sam­sung the Nexus 10. Huawei, mean­while, has just launched

Early ru­mours sug­gest Google is in talks with both LG and Huawei for its new Nexus phone

a very in­ter­est­ing, very good-value ph­ablet in the Huawei P8 max, along­side its flag­ship Huawei P8. It's pos­si­ble, then, that we'll see a new Nexus 5 2015 from LG and a new Nexus 6 2015 from Huawei, although most sources on­line sug­gest there will sim­ply be a new Nexus 5, and it's up in the air whether LG or Huawei will make it.

When is the new Nexus 5 com­ing out?

Google I/O 2015 will be held at the end of May 2015, and it's then that we'll get our first glimpse of An­droid M, the OS that will run on the new Nexus phone(s). Fol­low­ing tra­di­tion, though, the new Nexus phone(s) won't be un­veiled un­til later in the year, and most likely Oc­to­ber, along­side the fi­nal ver­sion of the new An­droid OS. We ex­pect Google would like to get the new Nexus de­vice(s) on sale in Novem­ber.

In terms of pric­ing, un­til we know the ex­act spec­i­fi­ca­tion, we can merely spec­u­late. The Nexus line is known for its value, and we re­ally can't see Google tak­ing prices any higher than its £499 Nexus 6. Much more likely, given the find­ings of its Q1 2015 earn­ings call, is that it will re­turn to its pre­vi­ous tack: high-end de­vices with mid-range prices.

The fact it's in talks with Huawei is very in­ter­est­ing. Huawei is a Chi­nese man­u­fac­turer that makes de­vices with specs to ri­val the big brands such as Ap­ple and Sam­sung, but at sig­nif­i­cantly

Google might re­turn to its pre­vi­ous tack: high-end de­vices with mid-range prices

lower prices. It's one of the bet­ter-known Chi­nese phone mak­ers in the UK, and in the first quar­ter of this year in China it­self it was sec­ond only to Xiaomi in terms of mar­ket share. Both are more popular over there than Ap­ple and Sam­sung, with Xiaomi tak­ing 14 per­cent of the mar­ket and Huawei 11 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to IHS Tech­nol­ogy.

If Huawei is to build the next Nexus phone, we could see the price fall right back down to around £300- to £350. How­ever, if Huawei is in charge, we're re­ally hop­ing avail­abil­ity won't be­come an is­sue once again: the P8 and P8 max should have gone on sale in the UK on 15 April, but in early May were still im­pos­si­ble to find on sale.

What to ex­pect from the new Nexus 5

Con­cept images of a new Nexus 5 2015 have been posted on Google+ by designer Miq­dad Halim. Th­ese fea­ture both an LG Nexus 5 2015 and a

Sam­sung Nexus 5 2015. Halim lists some specs be­low each con­cept, although you should take them with a pinch of salt. Both sug­gest there will be a 5.2in full-HD screen, an octa-core pro­ces­sor and a 13Mp rear cam­era.

A more con­vinc­ing leak is the phone used in Google's own promo video for Project Fi, from which the pic­tures in this ar­ti­cle were taken. It's clearly not a Nexus 6, de­spite the fact that is the only avail­able hand­set that works with Project Fi right now, so could it be a Huawei-made Nexus phone?

It's im­pos­si­ble to tell what spec­i­fi­ca­tion a Huawei-made Nexus 5 or Nexus 6 might carry, but based on its re­cent P8 and P8 max launch we're go­ing to guess that there will be a 5.2in full-HD dis­play, 3GB of RAM, 13- and 5Mp cam­eras, and a Kirin- rather than Qual­comm octa-core pro­ces­sor. It'll be a 4G phone and, fin­gers crossed, since this will be a Chi­nese phone, po­ten­tially dual-SIM - are we about to see dual-SIM make real in­roads in the UK?

Al­ter­na­tively, if Google opts to work with LG once again, we could very well see an­other Quad HD dis­play, as was seen on the Mo­torola-made Nexus 6.

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