Nexus 6 Release Date, Rumors, and Specs: Are Motorola / Google Working on ‘Shamu’ Together?

Could Motorola and Google be working on the next Nexus phone together? When Google announced the Android Silver program earlier in the year, many expected the Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant to stop producing Nexus devices.

This is because the proposed Android Silver, which revolves around Google working together with different manufacturers to bring about a premium and more dedicated Android experience, is speculated to replace the current Nexus programme. Google has since denied that they are ending the Nexus series, and rumors continue to swirl about upcoming Nexus devices.

The Nexus 6, which is speculated to replace the Nexus 5, has been thrown up again recently.

According to Android Police, there is an upcoming Motorola Nexus phone being developed.

Android Police’s source “The Information” notes:

“After Lenovo agreed to buy Motorola, Google’s Android unit began working with Motorola to develop a co-branded ‘Nexus’ phone that’s considered to be a phablet,’ or phone-tablet, because of its large screen size, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.”

The only real specification rumor so far is that this phone, which is codenamed “Shamu,” has a large 5.9-inch screen, which adequately qualifies it for the phablet classification.

If the Nexus programme is indeed still on, then expect more news about this Motorola-Google project since Google is definitely releasing a new version of Android this year, currently codenamed Android L.

Google traditionally launches its new Android operating system with its latest co-developed mobile device.