The evolution of the Nexus

One off? But there are five...

Google Nexus 7 (2012)

Google Nexus 7 2012

With the iPad carving out a market, that could well have been argued to be its own, the lack of Google's official presence seemed to be a little noticeable.

This was exacerbated by the rise of cheap Android alternatives often running phone software, and Android Honeycomb only appearing on third party devices like the Motorola Xoom 2.

That all changed when Google and Asus took on the likes of the iPad and the Amazon Kindle Fire with its very own Nexus tablet, the original Nexus 7. Launching at the cheap price of £159 for the 8GB version, Google looked to undercut the iPad.

For your money, you got a 1280 x 800 7-inch screen, a 1.2GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, 4,325mAh battery and a 1.2MP front facing camera. There was no rear sensor. It also brought Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to market.

Google Nexus 10 (2012)

Google Nexus 10 2012

By this point, Google's only foray into the tablet market was at the smaller sized, budget end of the market. This left the gap for the iPad 4 (briefly the iPad 3 as well) to continue to grow the full sized tablet market. Third party devices were still struggling to compete.

Despite the New York launch being cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, the Nexus 10 managed to launch online. The Samsung made device packed an eye-popping 10-inch 2560 x 1600 screen, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM and two cameras (5MP on the rear and 1.2MP on the front).

It also came with 16 or 32GB of storage (no microSD) and a 9000mAh battery, costing only £319. That made it £80 cheaper than the equivalent iPad 4.

Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Google Nexus 7 2013

2013 came around meaning that the annual product refreshes that we are all so used were starting to roll in. The tablet market had changed drastically since the launch of the original Nexus 7, with Apple deciding that it too wanted to get a slice of the smaller cheaper tablet pie in the form of the iPad Mini.

This meant that Google had to go back to the drawing board, and came up with the Nexus 7 (2013). RAM was doubled to 2GB to sit alongside the 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, with the same 1.2MP camera on the front, and a 5MP snapper now sat on the back.

The screen also became full HD, with the 7 inches now containing 1920 x 1200 pixels. The new Nexus 7 also launched Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The battery is a little smaller, at 3,950mAh, but still provides up to 9 hours use.

Google Nexus 10 (2013)

Google Nexus 10 LEAK
Is this the real Nexus 10 deal? (Credit: PhoneArena)

The new Nexus 10 is still a heavily rumoured device. We are expecting to see it soon, but any hope that it would launch alongside the Nexus 5 has been dashed.

Again, the tablet market has changed, albeit not as much at the full sized end. Still, the new Nexus 10 has to fight it out against the newly launched iPad Air.

There has been many a rumour surrounding the new Nexus 10, from a low price (32GB for only £319 sound tempting?) to the same full HD 10-inch screen which featured on the original.

We're also expecting it to come alongside Android 4.4 KitKat, powered by 2 (or 3)GB of RAM, and the Snapdragon 800 chip that's in the Nexus 5. We have also heard that the camera's could get a boost to 8MP and 2.1MP for the back and front respectively. A 9,500mAh battery has also been touted.