So in a week or so (or a few weeks, depending on rumors) the new Nexus phone should debut, pre-orders should begin, and Google will unveil 4.4 to the masses. A lot of us, me included, look forward to a Nexus device release because of what it represents--change, newness, and an opportunity to look inside the machine that is Googledom.
But ever since the One, S4, Moto X, and Z1, I've had a weird, nagging feeling that I just could not shake: is stock Android and the Nexus program "tapped" out?
Think about it. HOLOYOLO is neat. I love the design language. But aside from a massive UI change (which there appears to be none on the horizon), what will 4.4 bring? A bit more butter? Maybe a few more settings? More conformity? What, exactly, will be "new," "awesome," or "groundbreaking"?
Maybe I'm just a wee bit disenfranchised with Android's current offerings. Maybe I should not expect tectonic plate shifting with Android/Nexus release. But at this point, it feels like 4.3 and 4.4 are akin to Apple's iterative iOS updates (the latest, iOS7, notwithstanding). At this point, what does a new Nexus phone represent other than a spec update? Maybe a carrier-less utopian phone for the masses? That's my current fear, at least--that it is now a known quantity and any sort of weird, "Nexiian aura" is gone. Whether or not my fear becomes reality remains to be seen.
With that being said, I'd be a liar to say that the very device I blasted months ago tempts me as a fairly attractive option. And it has for quite a while. For the longest time I tried to figure out why it tempted me, and weirdly (and somewhat coincidentally), it took a small glance at my old Galaxy Nexus to figure it out.
Hopefully the Nexus 5 will too.