To give consumers their vision of what Android should be as well as manufacturers a reference point,Google released the Nexus One in partnership with HTC in January 2010 as the first entry into the smartphone market as far as brand a device with the Google name was concerned.. Many collaborations with device manufacturers later,brings us to the Nexus 5 by LG the latest and greatest smartphone in Google's Nexus brand.
But this article isn't so much about the latest Nexus as much as it is about the fact that Android is owned by Google;While it is open-sourced and customizable by any OEM/custom ROM team,it is generally accepted that Android is what it is as a whole thanks to Google's vision,expertise,and closed-source apps.
|Breadth of the Google ecosystem (optional apps included)|
It's an experience you have to see to understand. Once set up and utilized it will be difficult to find a more versatile ecosystem that integrates seamlessly with your existing digital workflow.That's not counting the optional apps; Translate,Helpouts,Blogger,Places for business. Its clear to see why OEMs are beginning to see the importance of their own ecosystems-like Samsung's own store and S-apps,LG's Qapps,and even in Amazon's case-where you see an extreme UI design makeover,and their own appstore with none of googles apps onboard. And while the kindle fire line-up is quite the success,Kindle are content consumption devices-nowhere near as productive for content creation or mobile offices as Stock Android with access to the Google play All the more reason for the average consumer to know what they are getting their hands into when choosing the best Android device for them. Because it could be the Touchwiz or Sense UI's that you crave (or make you cringe) when you think of Android. One things for sure,if you want to migrate content the easiest way across OSes,no ecosystem is as complete (not even apples) or cross-platform as Google's.