Well, well, well...what have we here: no less than three independent confirmations that the Nexus 6 will indeed be put together by none other than Google's most recent hardware companion, Motorola. The Information points to three sources that have independently confirmed Motorola as the next manufacturing partner for the upcoming Nexus smartphone, which looks to be a phablet after all.
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The rumors have already been pointing to HTC as the manufacturer of choice of the Nexus 9, the tablet that will replace both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. But with the Nexus 5 continuing to be one of the best reference devices around, the idea that the next Nexus will be a larger-screened device sounded feasible if not altogether certain. If you drop a seven and ten and already have a five, then why not work on a six?
It seems that Google had exactly the same idea with a new report claiming that the rumored Shamu device being developed by Motorola is indeed a Nexus device. In case you didn't know, Shamu is the name of a killer whale at Sea World, so it's big, just like a 5.9-inch phablet. According to The Information, Google was simply waiting until the breakup with Motorola became official to get them in as a hardware partner to avoid any claims of favoritism. As I mentioned in my previous post about what the Nexus 6 would look like if made by Motorola, it seems that Google were eying off the Active Display and Touchless Control made famous by the Moto X all along. Considering the exciting things that Moto managed to do under the Google umbrella, I for one can't wait to see what a full-blown Google/Motorola partnership will produce.
- Take a look at everything we know so far about the Nexus 6.
What do you think of a Motorola-built Nexus 6? What do you want to see in a Nexus phablet?