The age of ultra-sized mobile devices may be upon us.
Before the month of October ends, Google is expected to introduce a new smartphone, which would be its largest ever, further providing fuel for the already intense and rapidly growing market for phablets, according to a recent Wall Street Journal story.
As disclosed by WSJ's sources, the device is code-named "Shamu" (after a popular SeaWorld killer whale), and will reportedly come with a whopping 5.9-inch display screen with high-resolution specs. The enormous smartphone will be purportedly pushed under Motorola's Nexus brand. The sources added the Motorola is currently manufacturing the gigantic handset.
When released, this Nexus phablet will surely beat, in terms of size, such popular phablet choices like the recently released iPhone 6 Plus (which measures 5.5 inches) by Apple, and of course, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 (pegged at 5.7 inches), the first super-sized smartphone to truly achieve success in recent times. To coincide with the Nexus release, Google is also planning to roll out a fresh new version of Android, its mobile operating system. This recent development actually confirms a report made by The Information in July earlier this year, which purported that Google was working with phone maker Motorola in developing a Nexus phablet.
The term phablet is a combination of the words phone and tablet, and is used to refer to any smartphone that comes with a display screen that is 5 inches or bigger. Before, phablets were considered awkward or uneasy to use because of their size. Some have even relegated them to be used for the really old segments of the mobile market, who can benefit most from the devices' large display screens. But slowly through the years, an increasing number of users have come to appreciate phablets as great tools for doing work-related tasks and enjoying all sorts of multi-media (videos, games, apps).
Three years ago, phablets only comprised 1 percent of all worldwide smartphone shipments. In 2014, these devices are making up almost 1 /4 of the entire mobile market, according to consultants Strategy Analytics. No wonder phone makers are gradually catching up to the trend, led of course by giants Apple, Google, and Samsung.
As for Google, it is not just about selling phablets. It is also about using the devices themselves to help its team of software engineers test future versions (and features) of its Android mobile operating system. And if all goes well, there is a big chance that other makers of Android phones will also adopt features that originated in the Nexus device.
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