Since the release of the new Nexus devices, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, I have been thinking about why Google holds such a category of devices. Same with the Chromebook Pixel. Why would Google spend so much money and time on a product that they know will not succeed. After thinking about some of the purposes of these devices, it occurred to me that during Google I/O 2013, a Pixel was given to all the attendees. Why would Google do this?
Now for the Nexus situation, if you notice, Google normally announces the new devices at the end of the year with amazing specifications that are usually seen on flagship phones the following year on Samsung and HTC phones. Though Google makes big bucks from Samsung, HTC, and LG phones, they want give developers time to make better and more powerful applications for the platform that matters the most to them, Android.