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Motorola Nexus “Shamu” Gets Even More Support in New Report

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Over the weekend, rumors of a Motorola Nexus surfaced suggesting that Google and the company it plans to sell to Lenovo had teamed up to produce an oversized phone-tablet hybrid under the codename “shamu.” The device is said to carry a 5.9-inch display, fingerprint scanner, and arrive some time around November. That rumor has now turned into a second report out of The Information who claim to have secured a confirmation through “three people with knowledge of the matter” that the device is coming and is a whale.

According to this latest report, Google and Motorola teamed up shortly after Google announced that it would be selling the handset maker to Lenovo to create a new Nexus. And even though Motorola employees are still bitter over Larry Page’s decision to sell the company before they got a fair chance to turn things around, a Nexus is in the works.

This new report doesn’t offer much in the way of new specs, but does also mention the codename “shamu” and that it will be a big ol’ whale of a phone-tablet-thingy.  They also remind us that Nexus devices tend to be “reference designs” to show other Android makers what can be built with Android. The Motorola and Google pairing was said to have formed because Google wants to use features like Active Display and always-on-voice-actions that were featured in last year’s Moto X.

So yeah, we just went from “Who knows who is making the next Nexus?” to “Motorola is it!” in a day.

Via:  The Information [subscription]
  • Eddie C

    Hope they include Double tap to wake.. Most usefull phone feature in recent years

  • Alexander Garcia

    The size of the display suggests a really cumbersome device regardless on how small you shrink the bezels. However, I’ve been waiting forever for Moto to finally release a Nexus phone. So I will hold judgement until I actually see and play with the phone.

  • NYAvsFan

    I’ve only been using Nexus phones since I got the G-Nex a few years ago. But I am absolutely not interested in a “phablet” sized device. I like using my phone as is and my tablet as is. If the next Nexus phone is indeed a phablet I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say that a great many of us will be looking elsewhere.

  • Me

    I’m actually excited to see how this pans out. Note 4, possible HTC One Max 2, and this the phablet market just got little more competitive.

  • TheRobotCow

    A Motorola Nexus?!?!!!?! Verizon or not, I’m buying this.

  • needa

    “The Motorola and Google pairing was said to have formed because Google wants to use features like Active Display and always-on-voice-actions that were featured in last year’s Moto X.”

    soooooo….. not a nexus.

    • MichaelFranz

      if google implements their own way of doing it into stock android why not.

      • needa

        the problem is google has already announced android l. without those features. it is not likely that they will add them in, developers need that kind of information to get their apps ready for the l release. and even if they do add them in… why would they need motorola, specifically, to make a device with those features? that is the part that shreds this rumor into itty bitty pieces. it would be in the code already. a part of android itself. any oem could do it.

        a nexus is a reference device. it will not come with ‘features’ that are not a part of stock android. it will not come with features that force a developer to use a modified kernel. at best… this will be part of this new silver thing. in which case… it is not a nexus.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Okay, let’s DO THIS. {{-_-}}

  • KarloC.

    i gave 5″ a shot with the nexus 5 cause i love the nexus line up but going over 5 is a bit to much. sadly 5 is the biggest ill go.