Nexus 6 Release Date Dilemma: When To Expect It?

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Nexus 6 Release Date Dilemma: When To Expect It?
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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.

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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.

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