Google Nexus is a line of mobile devices that run the Android operating system. Google manages the design, development, marketing, and support but some development, and all manufacturing, is carried out by third party partners. As of February 2014, the devices in the line are, Nexus 5 smartphone, partner LG Electronics, second generation Nexus 7 tablet computer, partner Asus, and Nexus 10 tablet computer, partner Samsung Electronics.
Devices in the Nexus line do not have manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications to Android (such as custom graphical user interfaces), and have an unlockable bootloader to allow further development and end-user modification. Nexus devices are the first Android devices to receive updates to the operating system. The Galaxy Nexus is one of the few smartphones recommended by the Android Open Source Project for Android software development.
The original Nexus 7 enchanted and enthralled – and did so despite some slight compromises. The fact that it was so cheap (£159 for a 16GB version) meant it remained outstanding value for a long time. Problem is, a year is a long time in the tablet world, and competition is fierce, so the new Nexus 7 is just what the doctor ordered. And then in late July 2013, came the announcement. A new Nexus 7 – so good, they named it twice. (Some have differentiated it by adding the year to the name. For clarity, I’ll refer to the old one as “the original Nexus 7-inch from now on.)
Of course, Nexus devices are synonymous with pure Google experiences. This is the chance for Mountain View to show off Android in its purest form, away from the meddling fingers of Samsung or HTC who just love to Sensify and TouchWiz up their devices. The Nexus 7 launched with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which was a minor update from 4.2. It has since been updated to Android 4.4 KitKat, which adds a few bits and pieces to the bag of tricks, but I’ll get into that later. I expect it will also be one of the first devices to get the next version update, whatever it may be….lemon meringue pie perhaps? The Nexus 7 is still aiming for that sweet spot. The price has been bumped up – it’s now £199 for the 16GB model that would have cost £159 before – but the specs are much better, so it’s still very reasonably priced. DVD Ripper for Google Nexus…