Is it finally Motorola’s turn to make a Nexus phone? Like HTC, Samsung, and LG before it, rumors have turned to the idea of Motorola – even as it changes hands from Google to Lenovo – manufacturing the next Nexus handset. Yesterday we looked at some early evidence pointing to the existence of this Motorola device codenamed Shamu, reportedly a 5.9-inch phablet. Now we’ve got some new corroboration to add to those claims, as well as some updates about what might be in store for Google’s Android Silver efforts.
According to The Information, Shamu didn’t really get started until after the Lenovo deal was in motion, out of fears that a Nexus model from Google-owned Motorola would be seen as favoritism. Features like Active Display and Touchless Control may be present, and the idea of Shamu being phablet-sized is reinforced.
As for Android Silver, this report attempts to verify old rumors that Silver was intended to be a replacement for the Nexus series, while noting that situation may have already changed. Specifically, the Google exec who was spearheading this Silver effort is leaving the company, and there just might not be enough support for the project without him. While we were curious to see what form Silver might take, even if this declining interest means it never gets off the ground, that’s at least still good news for Nexus devices – including Shamu.