Everything We Know About Google’s Upcoming Nexus Device
The Nexus series are Google’s star Android devices which showcase true stock Android power every year. As we get closer to this year’s Nexus launch, rumours are flooding our feeds illustrating what the Nexus 6 might look like. Much like the older Nexus devices, the new will most likely showcase the very latest Android L build. Here’s what you can expect from the Google’s next:
Nexus 6 or Nexus X?
The device has been named “Shamu,” or Moto S, depending on which website you follow, but those are most likely just code names, much like Hammerhead was for the Nexus 5. It is also said that the Moto S is a reference to a likely Verizon-exclusive Droid-variant of the upcoming Nexus. As you might already know, it’s been suggested that Google might shake up the naming convention. The most popular replacement for Google’s numeric tradition is to simply call it Nexus or even Nexus X.
Who is making it?
All leaks and rumors have claimed that the new Google Nexus will be made by Motorola. Considering Google’s decision to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo in January this year, while retaining many of the company’s patents, this comes as a small surprise. Though, it seems both companies have a healthy relationship, as Motorola handsets are one of the first ones to get Android updates. Earlier it was believed that Google will rope LG or HTC to make the new Nexus Device. Instead, recent rumors illustrates that HTC got the nod for the Nexus 9 tablet.
The new Nexus device is said to be a super-sized, more powerful version of the Moto X. While there are a lot of photos and videos leaked regarding the new Nexus device, the reports illustrate that the appearance of the device is basically going to be a scaled up 2nd generation Moto X with some minor tweaks to make the larger size easier to use. It is also said that it’ll have the same aluminum frame, and the company has apparently relocated the phone’s lock and volume buttons down to make them more reachable.
Others speculate that Google might consider releasing two separate Nexus devices—a 5.9-inch and a 5.2-inch, but the rumors about any smaller version have been remarkably thinner than those about the bigger one. One of Moto X’s main draws is Moto Maker, the smartphone’s dedicated customization site that lets customers pick specific colors, accents, and materials. However, Google is possibly planning its own Nexus-based design tool that can personalize your phone to an even greater degree with your own photography or maps of specific places.
A Nexus 6 benchmark has appeared, showing it’ll outperform top phones like the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The information leaked in the listing suggests the phone will have a 2.65GHz quad-core CPU, almost certainly the Snapdragon 805, and 3GB of RAM. The listing for the Nexus 6 has appeared on Geekbench, one of the top benchmarking utilities. It shows the Nexus 6 or Nexus X will offer more power than the current crop despite, with any luck, costing significantly less. The Nexus 6 scores 3,199 points in the Geekbench 3 test, roughly 10% more than top phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5. The phone may come to need that extra power as the Nexus 6 is believed to have a 2560 x 1440-pixel screen.
Nexus devices are known for proving pricing rumors wrong every time they debut in the market. They often seem much cheaper than what the specs and user experience would demand. The only price leak we’ve seen is a relatively sketchy one from TKTechNews, who reportedly spotted a listing for a Nexus X device for $420 for 32GB and $450 for 64GB without contract.
When will it be available?
Google has never made a big deal about its Nexus releases. Last year, the Nexus 5 got a press release and a silent-yet-immediate rollout in the Google Play store. It is believed that google is planning to do something similar this time around with the release date being near the end of October.