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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.Β  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: Β 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.

  • 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.

  • ClickFire_

    I’ll just buy another Nexus 5 once the Price goes done and make my current Nexus 5 a backup. I was wanting the red Nexus 5 anyways now I have an excuse to buy it.

    • Yeah, that makes perfect sense. No.

      • ClickFire_

        Maybe not for you but for me it does. The Nexus 5 is a great device the camera is a lot better after updates and the battery gets me through almost a full day

        I was hoping the Nexus 6 would stay the same as the Nexus 5 but receive a slightly bigger screen, and spec bump. I’m buying another because I don’t want a 5.9 inch screen so I will use the Nexus 5 as long as I can until Google Stops supporting it or until Android silver releases.

        I’ve used countless flagships from other OEMs and I’m done using non Nexus and non stock devices.

        • LOL at your battery comment.

        • Aaron C

          I’ve bought three “flagship” phones in the last five years. I use them just long enough to realize I hate them, and I go back to Nexus.

          I’ve learned my lesson. I hope. A Motorola Nexus sounds awesome. Most exciting part is that Motorola has always supported their products well with accessories. Hopefully that’s still the case with new management.

      • ClickFire_

        Almost a full day is better than most I have yet to use a Device that gives me a full day Battery and more besides the LG G2 every other devices battery was worst than my Nexus 5 that’s including the moto x, HTC one M7 and Galaxy s4.

  • Al-Burrit0

    The screen size though! :

  • RoninX

    I’d definitely consider a 5.9″ Motorola Nexus 6, as long as the overall phone isn’t much wider than a Note 3. I find the Note 3 easy to use, but it’s definitely approaching the limit.

    It’s about time we had a Moto Nexus and a Nexus phablet!

  • I get wanting to have continuity and all, but I would LOVE if the Nexus 6 didn’t actually have a 6 inch screen. Sorry. That’s too big for a phone. My Nexus 5 is as large as I’d want to go.

  • Brian Menius

    My body is ready.

  • Raul

    Im probably the only one that thinks its kinda small, i have the sony z ultra gpe btw.

  • Feed Jake

    Google stated that they were working on a project with Verizon. The “Droid” network, a Moto Nexus, could just happen. Fingers crossed.

  • Billyt

    Shamu will be the big phone that jumps the shark for big phones

  • Patrick Smithopolis

    When is the downward trend going to start?

    • hkklife

      This time next year when they have gone through the last of the Google-backed products.

  • trixnkix637

    Depends on what the Moto X+1 looks like. Certainly wouldn’t mind a Moto Nexus, but at 5.9″ it’s definitely a give & take.

  • some guy

    I don’t understand people crying about a big screen phone when they gladly walk around using a 7-10″ tablet on a regular basis.Now that its becoming easier to just carry around one device that will fill both areas its a problem

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      Then walk around with a tablet. I want a phone.

      • Justin Merithew

        Then get a phone. Some people want phablets and should be able to get what they want as well.

        • Patrick Smithopolis

          There are phablets available for you. Also, you can use the Nexus 7.

          • Justin Merithew

            Too big. A 5.9″ screen phone from Motorola will most likely be the same size or even smaller than the Note 3. I’d prefer to have a somewhat large phone instead of a smaller phone AND a tablet. Many people feel this way, hence why phablet sales have increased.

            Nexus phones are reference devices for Google’s developers, and they’re clearly seeing that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a phablet reference to bake optimizations for them into stock Android.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            If I wanted a phone the size of the Note 3 I would get the Note 3. I’m interested in a regular sized phone and if these Android phones get any bigger I may have to hold my nose and get the iPhone.

          • Justin Merithew

            The point is you do have options. The Moto X+1 will almost certainly be a stock experience. The fact that the Nexus 6 could have touchless controls and active display would make them identical feature wise. There have been stock Android phones in the smaller size range for a long time now, so I for one am quite happy people who like phablets may be able to enjoy stock Android without loading something like CM.

            It’s funny you mention the iPhone, because this would be the phone that keeps me from getting the 5.5″ iPhone 6.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            The people who like regular sized phones outnumber the people who like gigantic phones. A company would be depressing profits by catering to the smaller group. This would be the phone that pushes towards the 4.7″ iPhone 6.

          • Justin Merithew

            It’s a good thing the amount of regular phones outnumber phablets then. The Nexus line has never been about mass advertising and sales. At it’s core it’s a developer device, and there are no stock Android phablets currently. This would fill a very big hole for Google’s programmers, and possibly app developers. But someone for someone who is clearly only looking for what’s best for them it must be hard to realize. Like I’ve said, this won’t be the only stock experience device available. If you really do feel the need to switch to iOS though I wish you luck.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            Android has two interfaces – phone and tablet. If there was a separate interface for these so called phablets then you would have a point.

            Lastly, a jailbroken iPhone is as good as an Android device.

          • ClickFire_

            bahahahahaha. Your joking right? Jailbroken iphone is as good as an android device??? Sad that you have to compare a rooted device to a non rooted version truth is even with the iphone being jailbroken it can’t beat android. Check out http://www.mycolorscreen.com you don’t need to be rooted to do any of the stuff they do on color screen.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            I’m not sure what your point is. I like Android but I don’t like these big screen sizes so I may have to jump ship. If I’m going to use an iPhone I need it to be jailbroken.

          • ClickFire_

            There are plenty of smaller Android phones you don’t have to switch to iPhone.

            Every Manufactor offers a mini version of their flagship that is more than capable of being a daily driver.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            I’m looking for top of the line specs. The iPhone will do.

          • ClickFire_

            The Galaxy s2 is a 3 year old device and has the same specs as the iPhone 5s. How is that top specs???

          • Justin Merithew

            The iPhone has specs comparable to a 3 year old flagship. They’re more about optimizations. Motorola has been trying a similar strategy over the past year and It’s working pretty well. They should have a few new devices to choose from in the next few months, even more if you’re Verizon due to them making the “Droid” line.

          • Justin Merithew

            I do have a point because having a reference would enable them to make a phablet interface as part of an update to L or as a feature of Android M when that comes around. As for a jailbroken iPhone, I’d still prefer unrooted Android. Almost as many features as a jailbroken iPhone and less security risks than a jailbroken/rooted device.

          • ClickFire_

            whats your definition of regular? Because regular use to be 4 – 4.3 inches now its 4.7 – 5.2 inches I actually woul like a 5.5 inch phone anything bigger is a no go though the Lg G3 is the perfect size in my opinion.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            4.7″ to 5.0″. Anything bigger than that should be called a tablet.

          • ClickFire_

            moto x made me feel like I was using ice cream sandwich and a fuzzy screen from 2010.

          • ClickFire_

            even with super thin bezels it would still be bigger than the note 3.

  • LosttsoL

    SHAMU the Note Killer.

    • Dave

      Maybe not since the Note 2 and 3 have combined to sell almost 50 million devices globally….

    • MicroNix

      Its Motorola. Samsung has nothing to worry about.

  • Brandon Sobotta

    Would have been nice 2 years ago.

  • ClickFire_

    What if 5.9 was a typo by the leakers and is actually 4.9?

    • Cameron

      That is what I am hoping. No way in hell I buy an 5.9″ phone. I might be crazy, but I still like to carry my phone around in my pocket.

    • M3D1T8R

      With Moto x bezels and build, that would be perfection. Actually that’s exactly what I want from the new Moto x. Hopefully the 5.2″ rumor turns out to be the new Droid.

  • rich

    This NEXUS IS coming to Verizon. Its in the system. November release.

    • hkklife

      Never again. VZW burned us badly on the GNex and the “Nexus” LTE XOOM. Or at least, never again as long as CDMA is part of the equation.

      • jimt

        I’ll second that. I jumped to Tmo last december for the Nexus 5, by the time Verizon gets one I will have saved $1000. I could get 2 Nexus 6’s if I wanted. I will never forget or forgive the Gnex on Verizon, Evil Red. Just used my gnex for a download of a movie on wifi.

        • DanSan

          ugh i miss my gnex. i pray for the day i can use another nexus on verizon.

    • Such

      Yeah I’m skeptical that ever happens again but Google did say they were working on something with Verizon last year so there’s always a small chance. Wait and see but if Verizon gets this I’ll be first in line to get one

      • M3D1T8R

        Nexus 7 Verizon LTE?

  • droidrazredge

    Even though Google holds the Motorola Patent Pro-folio they know no one can implement these features better than Motorola! just like no one can make a watch better than Motorola.

    • MicroNix

      Dreamer

    • sj0808

      Jesus can you be anymore motorola kisser? WOw

    • Quit sucking Moto’s D.

  • enigmaco

    Interesting to see them bring back fingerprint scanning to, not fond of the feature myself but oh well.

  • Wow all the “guys” here with girly hands complaining about a 5.9″ screen. Dang I’ve never seen so much complaining in my life.

  • shamatuu

    Hope the 5.9 is nonsense

  • droidrazredge

    I’m thinking Google wanted Motorola to make the next nexus device all along but to avoid OEMS from calling favoritism to the Google-Motorola partnership they sold off Motorola to Lenovo.

  • RoadsterHD1

    here you go, found it.

  • I want Google and Motorola to package the phone with a coupon to get a free box of these.

  • RoadsterHD1

    if they make it right with a tiny chin and very little header It can be the same size as most 5 inch screen phones.

    • RoadsterHD1

      Wait wrong picture, sorry πŸ™‚

    • Dave

      How about 100% of the face being screen. It would be smaller than a Note 2.

  • NyReynolds

    This will be one Motorola that Verizon will want NOTHING to do with. Wish they’d call it the droid nexus…..

  • e_droid

    I’m so bummed; have been patiently waiting for news on either the new Nexus 6 or Moto X. A Moto Nexus 6 would be amazing, but at 5.9″?? C’Mon!

  • Curtis Black

    Hey Kellen, do you think that the device TKTechNews showed off two weeks ago could be the Shamu? He said in his video that it is a full inch bigger than a Nexus 5. bit.ly/1nONz8m

  • Nayners

    I’ve been waiting for this pairing for years. Sold. I am, however, hoping for some thin bezels and a massive battery.

  • Arty McBert

    Not very smart of Motorola to just fork over their special features to the Nexus program so that all OEMs will have the same feature. Active Display was a selling point for the Moto X, a damned good one at that.

    • Justin Merithew

      Did Google keep the patents for the patents for Active Display and the Voice controls? Because I read an article a while ago where they wanted to implement those into stock Android. So it’d make sense for their reference device to be made by Motorola who has successfully implemented it so far.

    • Ralph Bretz

      That’s an excellent point. Motorola should have kept them goodies for themselves.

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      Touchless controls are already available through Google Now. Also, the only thing I like about active display is that whenever I picked up the phone it displayed the time.

  • 213ninja

    this place is amazing. everyone sucking off moto and nexus around here 24×7, and there’s finally evidence they’ll join forces to create what any avid droid life reader would think to be the most epic moto-nexus this particular crowd has ever yearned for…………..and the majority is crying about it being too big for skinny jeans and baby fingers……absolutely hilarious.

    • enigmaco

      people just want something to complain about welcome to society. I remember seeing on here for the longest time how many people wanted this to happen and now that it is happening some want to go against it, or dissect it.

      • 213ninja

        That or most of the moto nexus jocks are still in middle school…

    • Raven

      I am 6 ft. tall and 220 lbs. and I mainly wear loose, but not baggy jeans. I have and love the size of my Moto X and came from the Droid line (1, 2, 4). I for one would not want anything any bigger than a Nexus 4 or Moto X simply because I do not want to carry a device that large around with me. I know some people do and that is fine for them, but there are simply some people who do not want that and are disappointed with the current trend and simply ask why can’t we have both sizes with decent specs? Why are all of the so called “Mini” phones that come out now so gimped like the latest smaller versions of the Galaxy S5 and the LG G3. It has nothing to do with our jeans or fingers.

  • Droid Ronin

    I still find it ironic that Motorola is touted to be the next Nexus maker right after Google sold them, instead of making it during Google’s ownership. I know, I know…Google wants to avoid playing favorites with the OEMs, but still…

  • Orion

    Yes!!!!! More conformation to the rumor. This is definitely my next purchase! Nexus 6 paired with the moto 360….let’s do it!

    • Ryan N

      I was just about to break a personal record by not thinking about the 360 for over 13 seconds… You brought me failure, sir.

  • Rodeojones000

    I don’t care if it has specs that quadruple its closest competitors. Seriously, the idea of a 5.9″ Nexus is asinine.

    • Orion

      Yeah because selling big phones that’s racking up in consumer purchases is ” asinine “. Lucky for us you’re not making tech.

    • Defenestratus

      Why is it asinine? Because it isn’t what *you* want? I’ve held out on the last two nexus phones because honestly they’ve kind of sucked in one way or another. I’m hoping that this one I don’t have to make any sacrifices – and that includes having a huge beautiful screen.

  • jimt

    I’ll gladly look ridiculous when I use it as a phone, I really get few phone calls. For every other use except camera, it will be awesome.

    • 213ninja

      you won’t.

      • jimt

        I will probably use it with a moto 360 watch most of the time. I also think it will look better than using an ipad for a camera also. I think “you won’t” referred to looking ridiculous. I don’t care how I look, actually. And I use a nexus 7 all the time so I know nexus 6 would be fine.

        • 213ninja

          correct, and i agree.

  • Tyler

    Years of waiting for a Moto Nexus…and it’s finally going to happen with a 5.9″ screen? Sigh.

    • ultravisitor

      I know. If it does indeed happen, perhaps we’ll be lucky and Motorola will have the contract for multiple years–just as Samsung and LG did. In that case, perhaps we’d be blessed with a normal-sized phone.

  • cwillen

    Even though I know it won’t happen, I really hope they reconsider that screen size. I don’t need a Nexus Note; nor do I want one. I have a Nexus 5 and that’s really as big as a phone needs to be.

  • BAllen

    Maybe two Nexus phones next time? Along with three Tablets?

    • cwillen

      It’d be great if they released a smaller version of the phone as well, but that’s not likely to happen.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      They will likely keep the N5 up for sale for another year alongside the Nexus 6. They only recently pushed out a new color, that doesn’t scream “time to ramp production down for the new one” to me.

      • hkklife

        I would personally love to see a minor refresh for the Nexus 5 to keep it competitive for another year…..chiefly, a beefier battery and a 64GB storage option. A Smapdragon 801 would be icing on the cake but I would settle for a battery and storage bump.

  • Cael

    The camera is going to be god awful. :[

    • Droid Ultra

      Better than what the nexus has now.

      • sj0808

        My nexus 5 takes really crappy pictures

  • considering the on screen keys take up roughly half an inch, I’d say this phone would be around the site of the note 3. which isn’t too big once u get used to it. day by day I miss my note 3 but will never leave my nexus 5 even tho I feel its too small. this would be wonderful

    • Dave

      Imagine the size if it had front speakers…

      • very plausible they would just take the place of the area of the Samsung logo and hard buttons…that’s IF it has dual front speakers

  • Ralph Bretz

    A Nexus phone with true Active Display and Touchless Control. Please come to Verizon.

  • zepfloyd

    Looks like Google took the name Nexus 6 a bit literally….

  • enigmaco

    My large hands will enjoy it puny humans.

    • JeffColorado

      Hope you have large pockets to carry it around in…or maybe you can hire a sherpa to follow you around or something.

      • enigmaco

        Heck I’m a built guy with tree trunk legs sure its not going to be a problem lol

  • Me on launch day…

    • michael steinmetz

      i laughed entirely too hard at this… damn its a long day

      • Lucky Armpit

        Hell no, that’s freakin’ hilarous. If I could upvote you 1000 times, I would.

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      This is friggin’ awesome πŸ™‚ But if I’m gonna get a phone that big, might as well go for the Note 4 and get the s-pen, SD card, decent camera, and other stuff you don’t normally get with a Nexus.

      • Defenestratus

        I have a note 3 and unfortunately you get a lot of other stuff you didn’t mention with a Samsung device. Bloat, Knox, more Bloat, physical home buttons, more Bloat, crappy build quality, Bloat, slow updates and finally more Bloat.

        • Gideon Waxfarb

          Bloat can be dealt with easily. I have two Samsung tabs with de-bloated ROMs. Crappy build quality… please elaborate. Is yours falling apart?

        • imronburgundy

          They make gas medicine for all that bloat you know? Have you tried eating gluten free?

  • Pootis Man

    The screen is way too big. Moto x+1 for me.

  • Justin Kos

    Wow.. 1st nexus that I’m not excited for..

    • Pedro

      Yup.
      It’s like a Nexus that’s always in landscape mode. But EVERY other feature is awesome.

      Can’t do a 6″ sceen.

      Now, if the physical diagonal dimension is only 5.9″, that’s something I could hang with.

      • Dave

        Imagine if the whole face was screen, it’d be the same size as a Note 2.

    • Pootis Man

      Me too. Why does every manufacture want too shove phablet sized phones down our throats?

      • Rawr

        A lot of people here talk about not being able to fit large phones in your pocket, thing is they now see that the consumer doesn’t actually ever put their phone away.

        It is always in front of their sheep faces, never in their pockets.

        • Justin Kos

          haha that’s pretty accurate

        • Defenestratus

          Stop wearing hipster jeans.

          • trwb

            Stop wearing limp bizkit jeans lol

          • Defenestratus

            My note 3 fits in my gym shorts just fine. In fact it feels better in my pocket than my crappy work iPhone because that worthless brick turns sideways in my pocket. Very uncomfortable.

        • jimt

          I can put my Nexus 7 in my pocket.

          • Lunkman

            46 inch waste?

          • jimt

            Correct. I have lost 50 pounds recently on the paleo diet too.

          • Lunkman

            Well congrats if you’re serious!

          • jimt

            I am.

          • enigmaco

            I’m on that diet as well lost 20 so far congrats, and my note 8 fits in my pocket.

          • Jonathan Williams

            Me too.

          • JeffColorado

            I tried that with mine…I was afraid to sit down. I’d either break it or rip my jeans or both. There is no way a 6″ phone will be pants-friendly.

          • Goth style cargo pants

          • Dave

            Have to hijack ICP’s wardrobe.

          • Justin Kos

            And you can walk like that?? Lol

        • ClickFire_

          And that’s when android wear comes in handy.

        • DanSan

          im running out of space in my jeans, damn. I dont wear skinny jeans at all, normal levi’s usually but its getting crazy. my galaxy s4 fits perfectly in my front pocket, along with my wallet and knife in the other front pocket. plus my gun tucked inside my waist band and spare magazine in my back pocket i am out of room! please no fanny packs!

      • jimt

        There is always Apple for folks that want a tiny screen. /s

        • Pootis Man

          Hahaha very funny…All jokes aside though. I would love if Google refreshed the nexus 5 with a slightly bigger 5.1-5.2 inch display and I’d be very happy.

          • ClickFire_

            I agree I think its too soon though to assume this is written in stone for all we know 5.9 could be a typo also Google could release 2 Nexus phones we don’t know.

          • Pootis Man

            Very true.

    • Bryan Mills

      Good for you!

    • Ryan N

      One Plus didn’t get the nexus?…

      Sorry Bryan Mills…

      • enigmaco

        We would have to enter a contest, beg for invite, once we get the invite deal with a site that may or may not allow you to purchase it.

      • acras

        Nope, Google is still waiting for their invite

    • JeffColorado

      Yeah…just bought a 2013 Nexus 7…a 6″ phone is too big.

  • Tyler Kevin Powell

    All of it sounds great. But Dang 5.6inch screen is huge… I may actually pass on the nexus this time around.

    • Sean Walton

      Dude it’s 5.9 so even bigger lol. This will be the first Nexus that doesn’t get my money.

      • Tyler Kevin Powell

        lol meant 5.9

  • Sam Del Valle

    Evleaks is probably eating their words from what they said there will be “No Nexus 6”

    Viva la Nexus!

  • XvierX

    “Motorola it is “?

    • ClickFire_

      Still perfectly happy with my Nexus 5 and if this rumor of the 5.9 inch screen is the only Nexus devices this year I will just buy another Nexus 5 when the price drops

  • Trevor

    And I just went from six to midnight. Then remembered the ginormous screen. Midnight to six.

    • James

      I hear that. I’m gonna allow myself to get excited anyway. Hopefully: a. the reported size is wrong; b. it will feature some awesome new tech to make it feel smaller than it sounds; or c. the rest of the specs/experience will justify the purchase of a mini tablet.

  • James

    A Moto Nexus with Android L and the best features of Moto X? Yes please!

    • James

      And while a 5.9″ form factor wouldn’t be my first choice, I could stomach it with front facing speakers, relatively small bezels, and a big battery.

      • EC8CH

        , and on Verizon….. πŸ™

        • James

          Good luck on that one πŸ™‚

        • XvierX

          This news is bitter sweet for Verizon customers who have between waiting for a moto nexus.

          • jimt

            Verizon = No Nexus

          • RiceCake

            I’m not throwing the idea out. The Moto X shows that moto has control over Verizon on the update department. So I’m not going TK rule out a nexus for Verizon.

            But 5.9 is way too big. Haha

          • Michael Shipman

            Very big indeed. I’ve been watching videos on the 5.9 HTC One MAX and its a beast. I keep reading rumors that Google may be releasing multiple Nexus phones. The 5.9 beast and supposedly a 5.5 to challenge the LG G3. Hope that’s true, if so, I’ll grab the 5.5 if it’s available on Verizon. Don’t want to go back to Sprint. Sprint 4G is limited and next to non-existent in Phoenix and not much detail has been releasesed about the impending T-Mobile/Sprint merger.

          • ultravisitor

            People also used to say Verizon = No Updates, but Motorola has proven those people wrong.

        • KyleWay

          You’d think that with the relationship Moto and Big Red have (Droid) that this would be the best chance for Verizon owners. Sadly, it won’t happen.

        • jimt

          You wouldn’t want a Nexus on Verizon. Remember the Gnex, enough said. Nexus and Verizon are like oil and water.

          • GNEXUS

            Still rocking the GNEX, and it’s been a long, hard road. I can’t give up my unlimited data so I’m stuck with the GNEX until Shamu comes out. Then I’m jumping on T-Mobile prepaid

          • NorCalGuy

            Get a g3 on tmo @$25 a month and by the time u pay off half the shamu will be out

          • Gideon Waxfarb

            I’ve gotten a Nexus 4 and Moto X since the Gnex, but the Gnex is still my favorite phone overall. Just love the light, plastic-y feel. In fact, I’d probably still be using it if it had LTE.

          • ultravisitor

            The Galaxy Nexus really was a beautiful phone; however, the battery–in the LTE version, anyway–was absolute garbage.

            I was very happy to step up to a better experience with the Moto X.

          • Gideon Waxfarb

            The Verizon version was a disaster; the GSM one was SO much better πŸ™‚

          • it does have LTE…

            edit. just realize u weren’t talking about the verizon version. never mind.

          • alarson83

            I loved my gnex on Verizon. Faster updates than other Verizon phones and when Google stopped supporting it I still had a nexus so throwing a ROM on to extend my phones life was a breeze. I have the s5 now but I’d still strongly consider a Verizon nexus.

          • ultravisitor

            I would gladly take a Nexus on Verizon if they can keep it updated as well as they’ve kept the Moto X up to date.

          • Nexus4Life

            I loved my Galaxy Nexus, even on verizon

        • The All New Verizon 4G LTE With XLTE Powered by Droid Shamu HD MAXX

          • enigmaco

            act now and we’ll throw in capped throttled data and a t-shirt with shang sung on it stating “your soul is mine”

          • VZW Sucks.

            The Boot animation will be a roill of Hundreds splashing in a red water verizon pool

        • Nakrohtap

          I had a GNex too. The main thing I hated about it was the battery life. With dev support who cares what network it was on.
          With what they did to the Note 3 on the last update, I might consider switching carriers just to be able to use my phone in my house again.

          • Mech_Engr_09

            What did they do to the note 3 with the last update?

          • Nakrohtap

            Had great reception until they enabled AWS. I believe it was included in the update and not a kitkat issue.

      • 5.9″ with front facing speakers would be the size of a Galaxy Mega 6.3″ at minimum

        • Dave

          Or a Nexus 7.

      • Dave

        5.9″ with front facing speakers would peg this thing a hair smaller than a Nexus 7. On the M8 the speakers take up almost β…œ” of vertical space, just using that as a general guideline.

    • Raj Bhatt

      As long as they use cutting edge specs like they do with Nexus devices, I will probably buy this despite its size. If they opt for older components like they did with the Moto-X then it is hard to justify paying a new phone price.

      • Ditto + Verizon support. (a boy can dream)

        • Raj Bhatt

          I would consider coming back to VZW if they supported the Nexus. I guess I haven’t learned from the way they abused Galaxy Nexus owners.

          • Don’t you dare come back on one of those non-unlimited plans. What’s the point? =(

          • Raj Bhatt

            Well at this point, my wife and my mother-in-law are on VZW and I’m on T-Mo for the N5. It would be more expensive but it would be simpler for all of us to be on one carrier.

  • Defenestratus

    Woot!

    I’ll buy two! One for each hand that I can more than easily operate a 6″ screen with πŸ™‚