As we enter into the second half of 2014, the rumors have started to swell regarding new product releases by all the top tech companies. Historically, tech giants like to release their newest software and products in the last quarter of the year, and we anticipate that this will not change for the rumored Nexus 6 by Google. Because of its large size, the Nexus 6 is reportedly being called “Shamu”, which, if that is the case, Google may want to reconsider its name given the hot water that SeaWorld has been in in recent months.
The biggest question that most everyone has regarding the Nexus 6 is who will manufacture the phone. Google has partnered up with LG for the past two years to produce its Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones; however, top LG executives have confirmed that they are not working on any exclusive projects for Google currently, so we can assume that they will not be producing the next Nexus phone. Other blogs and leaks have indicated that HTC will be given exclusivity for designing the newest Nexus phone; however, it seems that HTC is in fact designing a Tablet for the nexus series, not a phone. The most reasonable information that we’ve heard is that the Nexus 6 will be designed by Motorola. This makes perfect sense given that Google purchased the smartphone wing of Motorola in 2012, maintained a number of Motorola’s patents, then sold Motorola to Lenovo in 2014. In the sale to Lenovo, Google notably made a deal to license patents to Lenovo. Given all this information, we believe that the Nexus 6 by Google will be made by Motorola.
Specs, Specs, Specs. As consumers, we want to know what to expect from these tech giants ahead of time, and certainly have a high standard for them in terms of innovation. That being the case, top phone companies have pushed the limits of innovation, design, and power of their smartphones in recent years and it appears as though this trend will continue. The latest speculation on specs include a display measuring anywhere from 5-5.9 inches, with 2K resolution. This extremely large size concerns me a little, considering the fact that the Nexus 6 is suppose to be a smartphone. If it is in fact 5.9 inches, that will make it just an inch shy of a small tablet, making operating it in one hand nearly impossible to do comfortably. On the other hand, a large display means a better viewing experience especially for watching movies, YouTube videos, and gaming. Others have also brought up the idea that the display will be curved, like in the LG G Flex, for a more immersive experience, and have Corning Gorilla Glass for durability. With respect to the processor, it is possible that the Nexus 6 will feature a 64-bit version of its Snapdragon 800-series chipset, giving it 8 cores to combine for up to 3 GHz of processing power, with 3GB of RAM.
Google will also look to learn from its competitors, and may feature a fingerprint scanner (like on the iPhone 5s), than can be used to unlock the phone and serve as a master password for all of your different accounts. The Nexus 6 might also be water resistant and dust-proof, much like Samsung’s Galaxy S5. Google may also look to improve its cameras, producing a 13 megapixel and 5 megapixel rear and front facing camera, respectively.
Overall, everything that we know today regarding the Nexus 6 is a rumor, and has not been confirmed by either Google or Motorola. We will all find out around November which of our hopes can be confirmed. If all the leaks and rumors (or even a few of them) about the Nexus 6 are true, there is no doubt that it will be the most capable and powerful smartphone on the market to date. The Nexus Series has been known for producing top notch phones at a very reasonable price point. Only time will tell if their consumer-friendly track record will continue into the future.
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