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It's like the new Moto X, only bigger-er
Google’s Nexus ship sure has been leaky lately, and today we got what’ll probably end up being the closest thing to a confirmation that the Nexus 6 by Motorola is a real thing until it, you know, is actually announced. The FCC just revealed a new six-inch smartphone made by Motorola with compatibility for both AT&T’s LTE network as well as T-Mobile’s. That fits perfectly with what we know about the Nexus 6, which a massive leak revealed in comprehensive detail just a little while ago.
If you aren’t up to date on your Nexus rumors, the Nexus 6 is basically a 2014 Moto X with a 6-inch display – and you thought the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus was big. No word yet on whether or not the upcoming Nexus 6 will make its way to Verizon and Sprint (though I don’t see why it wouldn’t), nor if it’ll come in a slightly smaller version for those with slightly less gargantuan hands, nor when it’ll be making an official appearance.
It kinda looks like a stretched Nexus 5
With Android L, the Motorola Nexus 6, and the HTC Nexus 9 all on the way things sure are getting interesting for those who couldn’t really care less about any phone that begins with a lowercase “i”. We originally reported on a new Nexus tablet offering by HTC, unofficially dubbed the Nexus 9, a couple of weeks ago – and today thanks to infamous leaker @upleaks (a spiritual successor the @evleaks, goodness rest its leaking soul), we’ve got our first purported look at the device, which you can see in the image above.
As you can probably tell, the Nexus 9 we’re looking at above essentially looks like a scaled up, weirdly stretched Nexus 5. That is to say it seems to have the same rubbery, plastic back that is featured and so highly thought of on the black Nexus 5 (seriously, it feels great – nice and grippy, and not at all low quality). It’s got a camera on the top left corner, pretty much where Apple puts the cameras on the iPad line. It’s also got that expected micro-USB port on the bottom alongside that expected HTC logo.
So now we’ve got our first good looks at both the Nexus 6 as well as the Nexus 9, that should theoretically conclude Google’s entire 2014 (and perhaps final?) Nexus lineup, barring any surprise updates to the Nexus 7 or the Nexus 10. What do you think? Will Google’s 2014 lineup be the one to beat, or will you be sticking with Samsung’s offerings?
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.
The rumors are true... probably
We’ve been speculating about a HTC-made Nexus tablet for sometime now, but it looks like the rumors are about to come to fruition. According to sources available to the Wall Street Journal, HTC and Google are hard at work on a next-generation large screen Android tablet to be part of the Nexus series. Speculated to be dubbed the “Nexus 9”, the companies’ new tablet would be the successor for the much ignored Samsung made Nexus 10, which hasn’t seen an update for nearly two years now.
The Nexus 9 is expected to launch with Nvidia’s next generation Tegra K1 SoC, which will offer performance significantly greater than that found in either the Nexus 10 or the most up to date Nexus 7. The Nexus 9 will also have the distinction of being the first tablet made by HTC since the launch (and failure) of the HTC Flyer, the first Nexus device made by HTC since the launch of the original Nexus One, and potentially even the last Nexus branded device before the launch of Google’s much rumored Android Silver initiative.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Will partner with OEMs for low end, quality hardware
September is winding up to be quite the busy month, and now Google itself is getting in on the fun. The company has just sent out media invitations to a Special Event set to take place on September 15th in India. While the invitation is fairly cryptic – all we can really gather from the invitation, seen above, is that we’ll be talking Android – today’s reports indicate that Google plans on announcing a new partnership (dubbed “Android One”) with OEMs to release a lineup of low end, budget smartphones running Android.
Google is said to be working with a variety of OEMs, including relative no-name brands Karbonn and Spice, in order to launch a variety of devices soon. No word yet on whether or not we’ll get any more information on either Android 5.0 “L” or the true successor to the Nexus program, but we’ll let you know what happens to come out of the corporate giant’s mouth.
A couple of days ago we showed you shots of what we called a “sassy” red colored Nexus 5, and today we’re getting confirmation that such a mystical creature exists in the best way possible – Google has just put the new color up for sale on Google Play store. That’s right, starting today, you can head on over to Google Play and buy your own red Nexus 5.
Pricing remains the same $329 for 16GB and $399 for 32GB, so you won’t have to pay more to get your sass on. Sprint is rumored to be carrying the device shortly with a usual subsidy for signing up for a 2-year contract, so if you’re not interested in buying the unlocked model at full price you might have that to look forward to.
Sound good? Head on over to Google and click the “Buy” button. I mean look at it. You know you want to.
Source: Google Play
Nexus 5, we hardly knew thee
While Google’s Nexus program has never been an outstanding sales hit, it has provided both some pretty impressive sales numbers along with sometimes hugely impressive devices. That’s why it’s such a surprise to hear the big rumor today that Google has reportedly decided to discontinue the Nexus device program entirely this year, instead choosing to focus more on the recently launched lineup of “Google Play Edition” devices.
While the Nexus lineup has always represented a sort of “reference” device for stock Android configurations, Google may see more success in simply offering the best of what their partners have to offer – such as the already insanely popular Samsung Galaxy S4 and the insanely affordable but powerful Moto G – and packaging those with stock Android. This way, consumers and Google both get the best of both worlds – we get the devices we already want, and Google won’t have to go through the hassle of launching and promoting its own unique lineup of devices.
That said, there would be some pity to seeing the Nexus lineup go. The Nexus 7 was arguably the first good Android tablet, and though Google has largely ignored the Nexus 10 in recent years it did push OEMs to bring high resolution and DPI displays to Android tablets, similar to the then-new iPad 3. Without Google to push the OEMs, the real question is – can Android continue to move forward without Google’s own guidance? And can Google risk an Android ecosystem even more controlled by the likes of Samsung? All of this is just rumor for now, and we’ll keep you updated on the latest.
Source: Eldar Murtazin (via Twitter)
Google's vision of thin is in
The ultra-thin Sony Z Ultra smartphone, which has traditionally run Sony’s take on a relatively outdated version of Android, is making a comeback today as Google releases the “new” Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition handset. Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like – essentially a stock Android, near Nexus version of Sony’s latest and greatest smartphone running Android 4.4 KitKat, being sold totally unlocked for $649 on the Google Play Store.
Just like the older Samsung and HTC versions of the “Google Play Edition” lineup, which consists of a Google-ified version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, the Sony Z Ultra is physically unchanged from its prior incarnations. You’ve got the same Qualcomm 800 processor buzzing along at 2.2GHz, the same absurd 6.4-inch 1080p display, 8-megapixel camera, 16GB of storage (expandable with an SD card slot), and dashing good looks as the regular Sony Z Ultra – but hey, now Google’s got their grubby mits all over it. How cool, right?
Source: Google Play
Google, get on this
If you’ve got either a Nexus 4 or a new Nexus 5 running either Android 4.0 to Android 4.4, you best be weary of any odd SMS messages for a time. According to PC World, a glitch exists in the two latest versions of Android that allows attackers to rapid send 30 “flash” messages to Nexus devices, which causes a system crash that forces a hard reboot.
The issue stems from the fact that Android doesn’t notify users with an audio tone when being sent a flash SMS message, which allows these messages to build up leading to an overflow of sorts, and therefore a crash. Google is said to be aware of the device and has been working n a fix for some time now, however PC Magazine has only just reported the issue.
Source: PC Magazine
Because it hasn't leaked enough already
Google has taken the wraps off the oft rumored Nexus 5 at long last. It seems like it’s been so long since we started covering the leaks of this thing that it’s felt like this day would never come, but now that it has I can say I’m excited. The Nexus 5 is the spiritual successor to the Nexus 4 as the crown jewel in the Nexus throne, featuring that flagship Android experience the Nexus lineup is known for, but this time it comes in “KitKat” flavor.
That’s right, the Nexus 5 comes preloaded with Android 4.4 “KitKat”, Google’s next iterative version of their popular mobile operating system. Like the new name would suggest, Android 4.4 is a much larger update than the previous two updates, both of which carried the same “Jelly Bean” name as Android 4.1. But if you’re looking for revolution and not evolution, you might be disappointed – while Android 4.4 manages to look and feel fresh, it does so without that big “wow” change that many in the Android camp had been expecting after so many years with the Android 4.x line.
Besides Android 4.4, the Nexus 5 starts at $349 and includes 16GB of internal storage, and supports Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile absolutely out of the box; sorry, Verizon fans. It’s got a blazing Snapdragon 800 processor, a strong 5″ 1080p display, and an 8MP back shooter (camera) equipped with image stabilization. And let’s not forget that all of this is running Android 4.4 totally stock, as pure and clean as Google intended it to be used. A refreshing feeling for sure.
We’ll be continuing our Nexus 5 coverage in the days ahead, so keep an eye out for more. Until than, you can hop on the bandwagon and order yourself a Nexus 5 right from Google Play – if you’re so inclined.
The time has (almost) come
The months of waiting. The lead in. The aging Nexus 4. The teasing – oh, the teasing. And we can’t forget the Nestle branded Android operating system that is Android 4.4 “KitKat.” After all this time, it appears that our wait is finally over – if a little slip up over at the house of Google is any indication, Google’s next flagship Android device, the LG built Nexus 5, will be making an official appearance any day now.
The slip up in question? For the briefest of moments – just a couple of seconds – customers could actually head over to the Google Play store last night and be treated to a product page for the as of yet unannounced Nexus 5, complete with a description, press shots, and – at long last – confirmation of that much speculated name.
Google’s tagline for the Nexus 5 is “Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways.” It’ll run you $349 for a 16GB version when it does finally launch. This also serves as virtual confirmation that the Nexus 5 will ship with Android 4.4 “KitKat” as the press shot reveals a much flatter, cleaner, and frankly more beautiful Android UI than any that’s come before it.
We’ll keep you in the know on the latest regarding the Nexus 5, because trust me – we’re just as excited as you are.
Not a bad looking phone
Psst – in case you weren’t aware, Google’s getting ready to launch a new smartphone. And that’s not all, they’ll be replacing one of their most popular smartphones to date – the Nexus 4. No small feat, to be sure, but it looks like Google and new partner LG are up for the challenge, as today’s leaked press images of the Nexus 5 show.
All in all, there’s nothing too outrageous to be seen here. We’ve got ourselves a black slab with a large display and a front facing camera – the description of pretty much every smartphone since, oh, I don’t know, the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007 (sans the front facing camera back then.) No word yet on when we’ll be able to get our hands on one, however one previous rumor that indicated Google was preparing for a launch on the 15th turned out to be, sadly, incorrect.
Source: Mobile Syrup