Motorola might help push the Nexus series into phablet territory

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Which smartphone manufacturer has Google tapped to produce the next Nexus smartphone? For a while there we were talking about LG, and wondering if a Nexus 6 might arrive based on the company’s recent G3, but public comments from execs have cast doubt on that possibility. So who, then? A new rumor landed over the weekend that suggests Motorola could step up to the role of Nexus-maker, and the phone it brings us could be the largest Nexus handset to date, a 5.9-inch phablet.

The hardware is reportedly under development as codename Shamu, and that part, at least, has some evidence behind it: an Android bug report from only a few days back makes reference to just such a “shamu” device. And beyond that, the aquatic nature of the name fits with existing Nexus-series models.

While Shamu may exist, the rest of this is still very much the stuff of rumors. Supposedly, this is a Motorola-made model with a 5.9-inch display and a fingerprint scanner. And according to this source, Shamu’s being developed with eyes on a November launch. But that’s about all we have to go on right now: no mention of other hardware specifics, not if we might see some level of Moto Maker-style customization.

The idea of a Motorola Nexus isn’t so crazy, but we wonder how well a phablet-sized Nexus might go over with shoppers. While there’s clearly a trajectory towards larger and larger Android flagships, jumping all the way up to nearly six inches might be a stretch, and push things bigger than some Nexus fans are looking for.

Source: Android Police, Google Code – Android Developer Preview
Via: GSM Arena

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!