Nexus 6 details and Electric Sheep

Aug 25, 2014
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Nexus 6 details and Electric Sheep

The next Google Nexus device will probably be made by Motorola. As a sort of good-will push for Motorola as it leaves the mothership, Google, but also because Motorola is one of the last top-end smartphone makers to not have gotten a shot at a Nexus device thus far. Also today we’re to understand that the device might be extra-spooky.

ABOVE: the Moto X. This was used as a prop for the last time Motorola was tipped to be nabbing the next Nexus spot. Back then it was called Nexus 5. That didn't happen.

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Instead of being called Nexus 6, Google will very likely skip the number and move on with the name rumored this week: Nexus X. It's also been code-named "Shamu." Releasing on or around Halloween is the word coming from sources speaking with Phone Arena. Based on the still-unofficial "Moto S", this device will likely carry the following specs:

Display: 5.9-inches 2K (1440 x 2560 pixels) AMOLED, 498PPI
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 w/ Adreno 420 GPU
Front Camera: 2.1MP 1080p video
Rear Camera: 13MP 1080p video (possible 4K video)

Additional possibilities include front-facing speakers, NFC, and unique back-facing camera abilities. It’d be extra-strange if this Nexus device came with hardware features unique to itself due to the Nexus line’s reason for existing, but you never know.

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Also consider this: the Nexus 6 / Nexus X could be released right around the same time as the Moto 360. Android L and Android Wear best buddies forever.

We’ll almost certainly see the continuation of the Google launcher which places "OK Google" functionality everywhere in the phone. This launched with the Moto X and continued on to the Nexus 5 - and will likely launch more universally with Android L.

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For more information on Android L, head to our Android L tag portal - details in abundance. If you want to read about Google’s next tablet, have a peek at the HTC Nexus 9.

Fun Tip: the name "Nexus 6" was first used in Philip K Dick's short story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep." It was then used in the film adaptation of that story, "Blade Runner."


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