While Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 6 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 are creating buzz ahead of their expected launch, Nexus 6 is yet to woo consumers. Since Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) first unveiled the Nexus line in 2010, it has launched a new version every year. If history repeats itself, the next-gen Nexus could be announced during the later part of Q4, 2014.
Nexus 6 likely to be announced in October/November
Only official word about the Nexus 5 successor is from Android chief Sundar Pichai, who said at the Mobile World Congress 2014 that the device will be unveiled in the second-half of this year. Christian Post says the Nexus 6 is likely to be announced in October or November, and it will be the vehicle for Google’s forthcoming Android Lollipop OS.
However, some reports claim that Google is going to discontinue the Nexus line and replace it will a new Android Silver series. In May, Evleaks reported that there will be no Nexus 6 as Google plans to launch Android Silver in February 2015. But don’t panic. A source within Google told Ausdroid that Nexus 6 is coming this year with a 5.5-inch display.
German developers spotted Nexus 6 on the Chromium code
Other reports also indicate that the Nexus 6 is currently in the works. In May, German developers Florian Kierschand and Carsten Knobloch spotted Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 8 tablet in the Chromium code. Unfortunately, the Chromium code listing doesn’t reveal the features of either device. Recently, rumors surfaced that Google is working with Motorola for Nexus 6 under a project codenamed “Shamu.” It was revealed when Google sold Motorola to Lenovo Group Ltd. (OTCPINK:LNVGY) (HKG:0992) for $2.9 billion.
Nexus 6 is likely to have a 5.5-inch or 6-inch screen, 3GB RAM, 3,100mAh battery. Further leaks suggest that Google may include a fingerprint sensor to Nexus 6, following the footsteps of the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5. Currently, South Korean company LG Electronics Inc. (KRX:066570) produces the Nexus line for Google. The search engine giant is unlikely to move away from LG given their successful track record with Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.