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The 9 isn't the only new kid on the block
The Nexus 5, Google’s flagship Android device, is coming up on a year old – almost an eternity in the mobile space. That’s why it should come as no surprise that Google is already hard at work figuring out its successor, and today thanks to 9to5Google we got our first real look at both the design and the technical specifications of Google’s upcoming Nexus 6, designed and manufactured by – wait for it – not LG (like the Nexus 5), not Samsung (like the Nexus 10), not even HTC (like the rumored Nexus 9)… but by Motorola.
As you can see in the leaked shots above, the Nexus 6 (which isn’t yet an official name, by the way) bares more than just a passing resemblance to Motorola’s latest lineup of smartphones, the Moto X and Moto G series. In fact, it looks almost exactly like a stretched out second generation Moto X, complete with the top / bottom speaker grille on the front, and the aluminum chassis around the sides.
What has changed, however, is the size – the Nexus 6 is simply massive with its whopping 5.92-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 2560 x 1440, the Nexus 6’s display evens out at a cool 498 PPI, making it higher resolution than Apple’s big screen device, the iPhone 6 Plus (401 PPI) but lower resolution than Samsung’s next generation phablet, the Note 4 (550 DPI).
Driving this big screen is said to be a Snapdragon 805 processor, one of the fastest out there, a huge 3,200 mAh battery, and 3GB of RAM (compared to a measly 1GB on the iPhone 6 series). Though that sounds impressive, all that extra oomph will presumably be needed to power the Nexus 6’s ginormous high resolution display at acceptable levels of performance for this tier of device, meaning you shouldn’t necessarily expect next generation graphics or 48 hour battery life.
No word yet on pricing and availability, though 9to5Mac speculates on a late October launch, but with both the Nexus 9 and Android 5.0 “L” seemingly just around the corner, I wouldn’t really be surprised to see this thing hit stores sooner rather than later. And given Motorola’s excellent track record at developing and manufacturing beautiful, high powered devices at an amazingly low cost, it sounds like it’s going to be worth the wait – as long as you think you can stomach that extra huge screen.
Has a deal been inked?
Well, this is a bit of a twist. Just days after reports have suggested that Google is looking to end long running Nexus lineup of Android devices, an entirely new rumor has suggested that Google will be selling Motorola to Lenovo. While a deal has yet to be fully inked, Google and Lenovo are said to be in the late stages of discussion after sales of the Moto X and Moto G have fallen mostly flat.
Google appears to be ditching their Android hardware lineups in favor of deals with industry leaders LG, Samsung, HTC, and more which allows google to offer specialized “Google Play” editions of their handsets running stock editions of the latest version of Android, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition and the Moto G Google Play Edition.
Google originally bought Motorola for $12.5 billion a couple of years back, however the company is said to be selling Motorola for a mere fraction of that at just under $3 billion. Ouch.
Edit: It’s confirmed!
Wish it was the Moto X
Some more Google/Motorola news for you today – Google and Motorola has unexpectedly launched a new version of Motorola’s low-end entry level Android smartphone, the Moto G. Dubbed the “Google Play Edition,” the new Moto G follows the trend set by previous Google Play Edition devices – that is to say receiving support and updates directly from Google themselves rather than the OEM, offering a completely stock version of the device with the most up to date version of Android available – Android 4.4.
The new Moto G Google Play Edition costs the same $179 for the 8GB as the standard Motorola version. The Moto G features a 4.5″ 720p LCD display, a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, interchangeable backs, and a 5MP camera. There’s also a 16GB version sold by Google for just $199.
Source: Google Play
France, Germany, and UK
Motorola and Google have just announced that their flagship in-house smartphone, the Moto X, will be launching overseas in Europe next month for a not-too-terrible price o f€429 in France and Germany or £380 in the United Kingdom.
The Moto X is the older, more impressive brother of the Moto G, which just launched in both the United States and parts of Europe last month. While the Moto G is more affordable at just £130, the Moto X does have many advantages that makes it worth the price – an improved camera, more functional software that takes advantage of the AMOLED display found in the Moto X to display notifications without lighting up the entire display. The Moto X also comes with more storage, a faster processor, more memory, and an improved build quality.
The Moto X has been available in the United States for quite some time and is the first phone to come out of the Motorola/Google merger that contains an influence from Google’s DNA, so to speak.
Contract-free and SIM unlocked
So a couple weeks ago, Motorola unveiled the Moto G – a budget-minded version of the Moto X that only costs $179 for the base 8GB model. We said a couple weeks ago that the G would start shipping sometime in January of next year but that’s actually not the case. So as to not miss the holiday season, the Moto G is up for pre-order right now and will ship on December 2nd.
The phone can be pre-ordered in two different models: there is a US version of the phone which has been optimized to work on the GSM bands used in the US and there is an international version which works on the GSM bands used elsewhere in the world. Both versions ship contract-free and SIM unlocked. If you’re on Sprint or Verizon however, you’re out of luck as the Moto G won’t be shipping on them until January of next year.
Google once again trying to squash all of their competition
The Moto G, while it shares a lot of the Moto X’s physical features, is quite a different beast underneath. Since it’s being targeted at the off-contract market, it drops most of the cool software tweaks that the Moto X has. Specs have also been downgraded some, but are still impressive: a 4.5″ 720p screen, Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of storage, a 5mpix back facing camera and a 2,070mAh battery.
One of the physical features on the Moto X won’t be making its way to the Moto G – Moto Maker won’t be available for the G, although you will be able to buy multi-coloured back plates for it, ala Nokia Lumia. The back plate is purely for show as there is no MicroSD slot and the battery is non-removable. I’m sure iFixIt will have something to say about that.
On the software side of things, it comes with a near-stock installation of Android 4.3; Android 4.4 will be coming in a few weeks. None of the Moto X’s software tricks, like Touchless Control, will be usable on the G as it lacks the required processor to do those fancy things.
The Moto G does not support LTE at all, but given that it’s launching first in markets where they don’t have LTE, it’s not that big of an issue. Yes, the G is launching in markets like Brazil. Given the low price point, it’s a perfect budget smartphone capable of taking the Nokia Asha head-on. However, if you’re in the States and want one of these things, it’s coming sometime in early January. The 8GB model costs $179 and the 16GB costs $199.
Source: The Verge