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Nexus 6 ''confirmed'' as being built by Motorola

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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It seems almost certain now that Motorola will produce the next Nexus. / © ANDROIDPIT

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?

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Considering the success of the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 will have big shoes to fill. / © ANDROIDPIT

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.

What do you think of a Motorola-built Nexus 6? What do you want to see in a Nexus phablet?


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  • H 9 Aug 4, 2014 Link to comment

    No, not a phablet! I was hoping for 5.2, maybe 5.5 inches, tops. I wouldn't upgrade from my Nexus 5 if the next one is a phablet.

  • Great

  • 5.5" must surely be the sweet spot with a very thin bezel by now....why go bigger?
    Having used a 6" device regularly for 12 months along with several other 'smaller' devices. It is too big....period, for quick and accurate use.
    I don't believe Google will even entertain the idea.

  • mangesh Jul 29, 2014 Link to comment

    phablet sounds too large...I want the N6 but a pocket friendly in terms of dimensions

    • I'll be very interested to see what Moto do if this rumor turns out to be true, but I have to agree, a 6-incher might be pushing it a bit. I was really hoping for a 5.2, tops.

  • Hilko R. Jul 29, 2014 Link to comment

    I enjoy the size of my Galaxy S4. I do not want my next phone to be even larger. I've been considering the Note, but its just simply too large for a regular cell-phone....

  • Phablet one will be a horrible cell !
    The google would release two devices and not only one.

  • My recommendation would also include Photo4Tune which is comparatively new but has got all the qualities to build user addiction. It has got a nice interface for photo sharing, a feature for creating events just like Facebook and not to forget about the Fire messaging options.

  • Well played Google! 😂

  • "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"

    I see.

  • very pleased to hear that its going to be a Motorola made device, after what they have done with the Moto X,G and E.
    Disappointed that its going to be a phablet.

  • I'm kinda bummed its going to be a "6" after all if this is all true. Nice that it would be Moto making it tho.

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