What Can Be Fixed & Where to Next
Google will continue to evolve their Nexus smartphones, but where do I personally think they'll go from here? Well, pricing is going to have to stay: Google are not going to be able to charge $100 or more for the next Nexus, as people will expect it to stay at the $300-$400 range from now on.
Specs-wise, we should expect the new Nexus to outpace the already great Nexus 4, but let's hope for the following changes:
A better camera - this is definitely needed. Something with better low-light functions and more detail. Even if they charged more for the phone and said "hey, this is what we've improved - and we think after using it, you'll agree".
4G LTE - I'm not someone who really needs 4G LTE, as I'm on Wi-Fi most of the time - but this is probably one of the bigger things missing from the Nexus 4 to make it the undeniable champion to anyone who wasn't already convinced.
Wireless charger in the box - I'm asking a little bit too much here, but throwing this in would be a huge selling point against the iPhone and any other competitor. The bragging points you'd win against friends would be huge, and it would be enough to get the Nexus name out there.
Better anti-scratch technology - I want to be able to use my smartphone without ever worrying that I will scratch it from simply putting it in, and getting it out of my pocket. I expect my smartphone to dent or scratch when I drop it, but soft use should never scratch the phone on either side.
Expandable storage - After these two months with the Nexus 4, I'm only just now getting to the point where I've run out of my internal storage. But, I have taken loads of pictures and videos - which I have backed up onto my Dropbox account, as well as my QNAP NAS. I will go through my Nexus 4 in the coming days when I have time and delete all of my on-board pictures and videos. It'd be nice to see a microSD card slot next time.
Now, where to from here for Google? Well, we're only months away from Google I/O where I suspect we'll at least see something about Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie", some more on Project Glass and maybe a tease of a new smartphone thanks to their acquisition of Motorola.
I could be completely off base, but they'll have to do something big, right? An OS announcement or tease wouldn't be enough for Google I/O, and neither will an updated tease on Glass. Showing off their rumored 'X Phone' would have tongues wagging and would really dampen anything Apple can do with a new iPhone unless they really bust outside of the box and run 50 miles away from the current iPhone and iOS.
I think we're going to begin to see a slow, and then very rapid move into an amalgamation of Android 4.x and Project Glass (which I'm predicting will ship with Android 5.0 or 6.0). Google's services are too powerful for anyone to topple overnight, and unlike Apple, Google don't just stop when they're on top - they keep chugging along improving all aspects of their services.