The Nexus line up is quite the legacy when you look back at what has been unveiled so far – Google Nexus One, Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus and now the LG Nexus 4.
Google Nexus One, Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Nexus 4… popular inside Android community
As we move into 2013 and rumors of a Nexus 5 come to light, an interesting question posted to us today is why don’t manufacturers just make vanilla Android phones on their own. Why do the only do so when they are part of the Nexus program despite so many complaints from users about manufacturer skins on top the already beautiful Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean Holo UIs?
The answer is simple. “People” don’t complain about it. The Android community does. Given that the most vocal of commentors on Android blogs would obviously be those who are big Android fans, their voices overshadow the majority who don’t look at their smartphone more than what it is. A recent Reddit post by lordhadri explained it best:
You have to see that manufacturers that skin phones are doing exactly what Android was intended to allow them to do: make phones that conform to standards so they can use the same apps as other phones, but allow the products department to modify it to conform to the company’s individualized branding and software. They are doing the exact thing many people love about Android, which is that it’s easy to modify the software to your own specifications.
While some manufacturers do overdo it, you have to realize that Google is the software expert while these manufacturers are more about hardware. So their not as good as the Mountain View giant’s innovations. Of course there are some manufacturers who can do both quite well e.g. Apple and Nokia, but they are steering clear of the Android boat.
It may be hard to believe that pure Android smartphones are not appreciated as much as those with skins on top but sales figures may show us why too. The Google Nexus One was a disappointment in terms of sales. At the same time the Samsung Galaxy Nexus never managed to match the sales figures of the Samsung Galaxy S2, which most of its hardware is based on. The latest was the LG Nexus 4 which according to some rough calculations managed to move about 400,000 units since its release. This is in comparison to its identical sibling, the LG Optimus G, which broke the 1 million mark earlier this month.