This news should delight fans of the Nexus 6 smartphone -- orders for the device has finally begun shipping, which means that customers should get their units by the following week.
Interestingly enough, the shipped Nexus 6 phones do not seem to be coming from the United States. According to shipment confirmations, Google is apparently shipping the orders directly from Shenzhen, China, the place where the Nexus 6 is manufactured.
It is a bit unusual, but not entirely unreasonable. And it may be proof that the wireless carriers in the US themselves have not gotten their own shipments as of yet, which explains why it is difficult to get hold of a Nexus 6 since its launch.
The exception, of course, is Sprint, which as of Friday has made the Nexus 6 available in its stores for $300 with the usual two-year agreement, or for $696 with monthly payments of $29 for 24 months.
Sprint may be the first off the blocks, but the other carriers are not far behind. AT&T is accepting preorders for the Nexus 6 for now, but has promised to start shipping the device next Tuesday. As for T-Mobile, it is reportedly eyeing a November 19th launch date for the smartphone. Verizon Wireless is sure to push the Nexus 6 but has not made any announcements yet, but it could be any day now.
The Nexus 6 was first made available through Google Play, wherein carrier-free versions of the device were offered for $649 (32 gigabyte edition) and $699 (64 gigabyte edition). However, Google Play currently lists the device as out of stock. Sprint is only offering the Midnight Blue-colored 32 gigabyte edition of the Nexus 6.
In order to compete with the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Google really needs to notch up the availability of the Nexus 6, especially that the holiday season is about to start. Android devices, like the Nexus 6, used have an advantage over iPhones due to their bigger display screens. However, with the release the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, that advantage has been neutralized.
Now with the Nexus 6, Google is poised to recapture its advantage. The device features a whopping 5.9-inch display screen (2560 by 1400 pixel resolution), which almost makes it a mini-tablet.
And apart from the large screen, the Nexus 6's other features are not bad at all. It packs a 2.7 GigaHertz Snapdragon 805 processor and a 13-megapixel rear camera that comes with optical image stabilization.
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