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Rumor: Motorola Finally Gets Its Nexus, a 5.9-inch Whale

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The rumor you have been waiting years for has arrived – Motorola is said to have created the next Nexus phone, a massive 5.9-incher under the codename “shamu.” Call it a parting gift or whatever you want from Google as they ship Moto off to Lenovo, this could be your chance to finally get a Motorola Nexus, assuming you would want one that is that size. 

There isn’t much else to say about this rumor, that surfaced via Android Police, other than the current codename of “shamu” was spotted four days ago through an Android L bug tracker. You can see in the screenshot below that we have a build number for a device showing as “aosp_shamu-userdebug.” Obviously, Motorola or Nexus aren’t mentioned, but we like seeing codenames for devices that do not currently exist.

Keep in mind that Google almost always gives their Nexus devices fish-related codenames. We have seen toro, hammerhead, mako, and grouper in the past, to name a few. Shamu, as you likely know, is the name of a famous killer whale. It’s probably also worth noting that a 5.9-inch phone could be considered a whale, so a name like shamu is both fitting and Google-like.

The only other details worth mentioning are that the phone may contain a fingerprint scanner and should arrive in November, just like previous Nexus phones.

Update:  The Information is now supporting this rumor, suggesting that they have three confirmations from sources that Motorola and Google have teamed up for the next Nexus phone.

Is a 5.9-inch Motorola Nexus all you have ever dreamed of?

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Via:  Android Police
  • djdsf

    This would essentially be the phone of my dreams. A big screened nexus. YAY!

  • Is it strange that a whale is a mammal and not a fish? And a killer whale isn’t even a whale; it’s a dolphin (also a mammal). It all makes me worry…

  • Foosa Noble

    The headline should really say
    Rumor: Motorola Finally Gets Its Nexus, a 5.9-inch Whale except for of course Verizon.

  • LEGGO! {{^_^}}

  • Ahku Droid

    It’s Google, their entire business is based on knowing interests per demographic. How could they possibly think this would be attractive to anyone without a purse. Are they trying to push fanny packs?

    Please give us a MotoNex on VZW that doesn’t need a wheelbarrow. I mean…come on…something this big will fall out of your pants when you sit down, not to mention when doing something athletic like running or biking.

  • joe c

    how about just release the moto x+1 already. close enough to nexus for most

  • Tristan Morris

    The N5 is right about the upper limit of phone sizes I’ll tolerate. Don’t know if 5.9 will be doable. But I’m on Verizon anyway, so it’s not like it matters.

  • flyinggerbil

    pass. too big.

  • Motorola Nexus huh? I guess people waiting for a Nexus with a better camera are going to be waiting another year.

  • Me

    Watch this thing come with a 720p panel, 2400maH, 12 MP camera, 5 MP FF, stereo speakers, Qi charging, NFC, available on 4 major carriers- Att, Tmo, Sprint, Republic wireless (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA) and cost 400 bucks for a 16 GB. I’ll pass for the Moto X+1.

    • Orion

      Hahahaha Nexus 5 came with 1080p….hahahahahaha.

      • Me

        Calm down Shirley, it was a joke.

    • H.R. Pierson

      You’re killing me!!! LOL.
      Hey Google! They’re kidding. We want a 5.7-5.9 incher with minimal bezels. Like LG did with the G 3. They fit a 5.5 incher into a 5.2 inch body. Awesome!!!
      Further we want:
      A 3300 mah battery.
      We’d prefer a 2k display.
      I just brought a 64gb micro sdx card, but wanted a 128 GB. So expandability is HUGE. And at least a Snap 805 for ATT’s LTE.
      Don’t follow…. Continue leading. Or be lead!!

  • droidrazredge

    I’m thinking there we will be two Nexus phones this year just like apple will be giving two variations of their phone. The first nexus will be the same size as the current Nexus 5 and most likely be made by HTC. The second Nexus will be this one made by Motorola coming in at 5.9″ which are basically the same sizes that Apple will be debuting.

    • Orion

      Thank you!! Someone who is objective and gets it.

  • Whales are not fish — can I say, this rumor is a bit fishy 🙂

  • mikebmw325i

    Last time I checked Shamu is a whale and they aren’t fish but mammals. So hopefully it is not a new nexus because its way to big. Nexus phones follow the trends for the most part of normal smartphones. So will probably see a 5 or 5.2 inches screen.

    • Orion

      LMAO!! You people are trying so hard so convince yourselves. Keep wishing.

    • Yes, Nexus devices follow the trends…which are reaching the upper 5 inch range. We are long past 5-5.2 inch screens. Screens are getting larger and bezels are getting smaller.

  • antwonw

    If I were to get that phone I’d get questions like, “What’s that in your pocket?” To which I would respond, “It’s a free Willie. We could have a whale of a time.”

    But in all seriousness, I don’t think that could fit in a pocket, 5.9 inches. Wow.

  • Roy Gudiño

    I would never leave verizon for tmobile 😮 had tmobile for like 3 months last year and it was just issue after issue after issue. Their normal customer service reps are horrible, easily the worst ive seen. One started yelling at me and telling me that i didnt know anything (when i was right.) Thankfully after i called a complained many, many times, i got to talk with 2 of the upper level customer servics guys and they on the other hand were extremeley helpful and nice (and didnt yell at me.) Got charged for thing i wasnt supposed to be charged for, along with hidden fees, it was a hassle dealing with the in store and over the phone reps. And somehow a $100 off deal turned into me paying almost $200 more than i should have in one month.

  • stabone

    Right next to shamu it “userdebug”… I don’t know why but looking at it quickly I thought it said “underdog”.

  • Dave

    Well there’s a whale of a way to tank the Nexus program into oblivion. Ugh…just imagining what could have been…

  • Alec

    Well that’s a whale of a tale!

  • Trevor

    Moto? Check. Nexus? Check. Fits in the palm of your hand? Sad face.

  • chris

    I would love this.

  • ImmaDroid

    Whack.. Really a moto nexus, and it’s gotta be a frigging 5.9″ Phablet. That will be the dumbest move ever. Stick to 5″ Please!!

  • hyperbeatser

    keeping in mind this is a rumor still – but an appropriate name for a massive phone.

  • Sean Walton

    I wanted MOTO to do the next Nexus but that’s way too big, what a disappointment. If the size is correct this will be the first Nexus that I will not buy and that will make me very angry.

    • Jeff

      It’s just a phone, why get angry about it?

      • Sean Walton

        Sorry I am irritated and frustrated. I have owned every Nexus phone released and have wanted Moto to do this but that’s way too big hence my frustration.

    • Don’t cry man, it’ll be okay.

      • Sean Walton

        LOL I know it will be. I have been waiting for a Moto Nexus for a long time and this just disappoints me. I hope it’s somehow wrong.

        • I stepped up to the One+ One and it’s really not all that large once you get used to it. I think 5.9 inches will be just fine as long at the bezel is small.

  • Brett Crowley

    Been waiting for some moto new’s. Been holding out on the g3 for some moto’s rumor’s, pleased to hear, phone size is fine with me!

  • Dark_Laser

    “a massive 5.9-incher under the codename ‘shamu.'”

    Everyone get it? Because the phone is a whale! Hardy har har!

    • Chris M

      Ahhhhhhhh i get it now……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  • Tony G.

    the perfect size to get rid of my nexus 7

  • Pootis Man

    5.9 inches is to damn big for a phone!

  • Fooer

    Nice, almost as big as an XBox!

  • BoFiS

    ugh, why so big? Why not something the exact same size as the Moto X but with a nicer screen and microSD slot, that would be my ideal phone that no one seems to want to make 🙁

  • Patrick Crumpler

    5.9″? Thats absurd. The G3 is pushing it and I love that phone. Was considering the Next Nexus, but if true, not too sure now. Can’t imagine Moto doing a better job at bezel sizing than LG. MAybe there is a normal sized option this go around?

    • derp hurr-durr

      Samsung Note series: Absurd.

      Yep; You heard it here, guys. Patrick called it.

      Must explain Samsung’s tanking sales…yeah…er…um…

      • Patrick Crumpler

        No one mentioned Samsung and Nexus in a while. The Note is a nice device, but it hardly leads Samsung’s sales. And when compared to the G3 the Note lacks in my opinion. Oh, and touch wiz is horrible.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I think you are forgetting that 5.9 inches is larger than any of the Samsung Note Series. It borders on ridiculous.

        • derp hurr-durr

          Bezels.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Are you trying to imply that this phone won’t have any bezels? With the current technology available, the amount of bezels on a 5.9 inch screen should easier top a 6.25 inch diagonal measurement.

  • anon

    nice camera please

    • jimt

      Nice everything please, including a 6000+ battery.

    • That’ll never happen in a Motorola phone.

  • Pam Oakea

    OMG that size makes it a tablet… Not a phone. I love my LG G3 but it’s nearly too large at 5.5. I just can’t imagine handling a 5.9 inch phone. I think 5.2 is perfect.

  • B!

    As much as I love Orcas & Moto unless this surprises us with high end specs I’ll wait for the new DROIDS.

  • jbdan

    That is huge hah. I held off on the G3 (just doesn’t cut it after using N5) and await the motox1 and Nexus6, hoping the Nexus might be offered in 2 size flavors and hoping the x1 screen and camera are largely improved upon from the x

  • jimt

    5.9 inches is about right for a nexus 6.

    • Justin Kos

      I have used a note 3 before, fits perfectly in my hands (I have big hands) but.. idk if thats portable at this point… meh

  • ClickFire_

    I think there will be 2 Nexus phones this year because Apple is about to offer 2 sizes and samsung already offers the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S line.

    Moto NeXus – 5.9 inch screen

    HTC Nexus – 5 or 5.1 inch screen (current N5 size is 4.95)

    this is just my prediction.

  • H.R. Pierson

    I have a beauty of a phablet now. The LG G Pro. Updated to 4.4.2… Awesome. But I find I need the added space of a5.9er. I’m looking at the G Pro 2. Also 5.9 in. I’d never imagine this big a device. Yet there’s just so much more I can do with the added display space that I have. Needed to help a family member with her Android 5.7 incher. Wow…. Better but the display was 720/vs 1024. And unless it’s the LG Flex, you can see the difference.
    So we’ll see… But I AM getting a bigger device..

    • Suicide_Note

      For the umpteenth time…Google doesn’t put expandable memory in Nexus devices.

  • Mickey A Valentine

    Verizon? Come on Motorola haha
    5.9 nexus 6, 8.9 nexus 8. Interesting

  • Tom

    That sucks.

  • jim

    Love my Note 3. But would not want anything bigger , but if its the same size over all. , sure

  • Nicolas Johnson

    Not a form factor in which I’d be interested, but I’ll be cautiously optimistic. Finger print scanner? Really? I’ve always liked the Nexus line partially due to the fact that they abstain from such gimmicks.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Abstain from gimmicks? They encourage the gimmicks that Google wants to see happen. Like the pins for docking devices that they hoped would encourage others to make accessories for.

      • Nicolas Johnson

        Hm. I never really thought of the pogo pins were gimmicky as were they not a reasonable precursor to wireless charging?

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Considering Google was hopeful that other manufactures would make devices compatible with pogo pins, I’d say no.

  • RoyD77

    Irresponsible speculation- Back in January Google & Samsung reportedly signed a large cross licensing deal. KNOX clearly was part of that, as we saw it’s being added to AOSP/stock starting in “L”. Could the stylus and/or multi-window support & standards be next, and get featured prominently in the Nexus Phablet? Samsung already has the highest amount of apps customized for theirs standards, based on the sales of the Note series. But they have to top out at a certain point because it isn’t platform wide? And yet that would allow Google to have a larger library of supported apps for both standards available at launch. By not having it be a Samsung Nexus device, it could reinforce that this isn’t just limited to Notes, and other manufacturers might have more success with their next version phablets than they have so far. From what I know, the HTC One Max, LG G2 Pro / Flex, Sony Z Ultra have been closer to duds than hits.

  • Tazarine Tighanimine
  • William_Morris

    5.9″ screen is a no-go for me. I love Moto’s construction and internals, but that screen will be way too damn big. I don’t want a phablet.

  • Roberto Taylor

    5.9″ display? Are they trying to battle with Samsung or something? The Moto X is a great example of a perfect sized phone. I hope this rumor isn’t true.

    • Orion

      To YOU it’s perfect but some of us here love bigger phones. I hope the rumor is true so all you crybabies can cry some more.

      • Roberto Taylor

        You’re right, there are people that like the larger form factor. I had a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 before getting the Moto X, so I know what a big phone feels like. I also fell for the “bigger is better” gimmick, but realized that’s not always true.

    • derp hurr-durr

      “Are they trying to battle with Samsung or something?”

      Yeah…why would anyone compete with the top dog in Android device sales…amirite?

      They should be competing with Sony instead, right? Aim Low, guys!

      • Roberto Taylor

        I was referring to Samsung keep wanting to go bigger and bigger with their phones.

  • schoat333

    I really hope is 5.5″ or smaller. Either way, I will buy a Moto Nexus for sure.

  • Denvertoad

    Perhaps they should have code named it flounder. At 5.9″ its going to flounder for sales. There will be a hard core few that will buy a Nexus simply because it’s a Nexus. Outside of that audience a device the device will likely be passed over. Subtract the Verizon customer base and the sales audience further diminishes. Time will tell.

    • der hurr-durr

      “t 5.9″ its going to flounder for sales.”

      So…do you guys just live under this collective “Samsung Note series doesn’t exist here” rock, or what? I’m genuinely curious because there seem to be an awful lot of you that are simply completely unaware of the success of this line of products…

  • ROR1997

    I bet there will be two nexus devices. This 5.9 inch one and a 5 inch one. Let HTC make the 5 inch one

    • HTC is making the tablet though.

  • teevirus

    Although Shamu was not a fish this is exciting news. They should have code named it Yushan after the whale shark in the Atlanta Aquarium.

  • Cruz R.

    Can u put a 5.9 screen on the current Nexus 5? That would be a Nexus I would buy. But at this point who knows what’s going on?…

  • Cameron Carey

    THIS IS EVERYTHING I WANT IN THE WORLD.

  • Марк Соколовский

    I’m hoping they make a Droid variant of this beast 🙂

  • Mordecaidrake

    That’s way too damn big. It’ll be a flop right out of the gate.

    • anon

      yeah like the note series is a flop……
      Its just tiny hand people bitch the loudest…. Big sells.

      • trwb

        Big sells when it has a stylus

  • dukenilnil

    Not sure Motorola would want to cannibalize sales of the Moto X+1 by releasing a Nexus phone right after.

    • cns2007

      I think there would be little danger of that happening. The marketing of Nexus phones has never really matched that of any OEMs flagship device. Also, if this is indeed 5.9″, that basically falls into the phablet category and people that want that size probably wouldn’t be interested in the X+1 in the first place.

  • I_shower_naked

    I really like my Note 3, I think the size is great. However, I don’t want anything bigger then that. I’m speculating here,!…but a moto with 5.9″ screen should be pretty much the same size as the note 3 with its 5.7″ screen, considering there would be no physical home button on the moto.

  • ToddAwesome

    fish, mammal, whatevs….

  • shamatuu

    The 5.9 better be nonsense.

  • Rodeojones000

    5.9″? Dear God, no!

  • zaraki921

    >fish-related codenames

    killer whales are mammals not fish! aristotle wrote it down thousands of years ago!

  • markgbe

    i would love this.

  • dantespeak

    Best Monday EVER!!! I hope the rumor is true. 😀

  • leDerp

    I think N5 has the perfect size. OnePlus and others are starting to get kinda big

  • Kelly OBrien

    Choo choo ! Everyone get on board ! Insert CCMF PIC HERE ———–>

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    Honestly thats too big and they just absolutely crushed my dreams. I hope they have 2 versions of it. Maybe one a little bit bigger then the Moto X and one thats in the Note size territory. And please oh god please make a Verzion version.

  • JSo

    How do they get that it is a Motorola device from that screen shot?

    • Suicide_Note

      If you check out the source article, Android Police says they received that info and more from the person who supplied the information to them.

  • XvierX

    I like the idea of a moto nexus very much. I doubt the rumored size is true but if it is I don’t think it would dissuade me from buying it. The reason I most likely won’t be buying this is that Verizon will undoubtedly prevent its use on their network. Otherwise, this would be an automatic purchase day one simply because I’ve wanted something like this since the droid x days.

  • Olu

    If it’s a Nexus? I don’t care about the size. I’m buying. Time to upgrade from the N4.

  • WCM3
    • Lance Spahr

      It just looks like a black Moto E 😛

      • WCM3

        Damn, looked longer to me. Not as short and fat.

  • Brandon

    I’m getting tired of Samsung phones… come on Shamu!

  • MistaButters

    Snapdragon 805. Snapdragon 805. Snapdragon 805. Oh please oh please

    • Omar Amer

      motorolla? expect a snapdragon 800 with that X processor. a 1080 display, and 2gb of ram. and 16gb of storage 😛

      • MistaButters

        For the X+1? Probably.

        But would Google really let Moto put out a Nexus with the same specs as last year? Probably not.

        • Mech_Engr_09

          Exactly. I don’t know why people are thinking that just because it’s motorola it’s not gonna be great hardware. That’s the whole point of the nexus, put the best hardware available into a phone that is affordable and developer friendly.

          • MistaButters

            Exactly. As a Nexus device, it going to have flagship hardware. So here is to hoping for a QHD Display, Snapdragon 805, and 3GB of RAM.

            Although, not going to lie, I don’t know if I could handle a 5.9″ phone 🙁

          • Mech_Engr_09

            Honestly though, it could end up being the size of the note 3. Maybe even slightly smaller. I mean, the inclusion of on screen buttons frees up a lot of wasted bezel due to the home button. If they are able to further shrink the bezels, around the size of the g2/g3, I can see it being manageable.

        • Omar Amer

          if the phone got more than 12 hours of battery life, then Im sure google would be happy.

  • Qbancelli

    Get ready for 300+ comments from all the sissies complaining that it is too big.

    Don’t frigging buy it!

    • trwb

      Not buying a phone that is large doesn’t make one a sissy. We don’t need to super size everything. These massive phones kill portability, and functionality for a lot of people.

    • Orion

      Exactly! All the 4.7 inch is the perfect size comments makes me laugh. They all act like they speak for everyone. Sorry big is in.

  • Six83

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Yea…. I’ll pass on that Moto.

  • GregSki86

    Being that I was considering getting the Galaxy Note 4 over the LG G3 on Verizon, this phone would def have me curious, but we know Verizon will not add this Nexus to it’s lineup

    • XvierX

      Sad, but true.

  • Orion

    This is the phone I’ve been waiting for. I been hearing rumors for months about a moto phablet coming. Finding out it may be a Nexus makes me even more excited. Give me this phone paired with the moto 360 and I’ll be in tech paradise.

  • Don Crist

    This is a bit too big. I love my Nexus 5, but it is boarding on being too big.

    • Don Crist

      Ahhh

  • KevinTimmons

    I honestly believe that a 5.9in phone is a complete waste of money when it comes to building and development. The costs of making this thing a reality will greatly exceed it’s sales. I figured Motorola smarter than this, and hopefully i am right.

  • jmashis

    Nothing I wanted more than a Moto Nexus, but at 5.9″? Hell no.

    • ClickFire_

      i doubt google would jump from 4.95 – 5.9 they always stick to whats popular size trend I think there will be 2 Nexus phones considering Apple is about to have 2 and Samsung already offers the Galaxy S and Note line.

  • ªAS|YOUTH|IA

    RELEASE THE KRAKEN!

    • Bob G

      That’ll be the code name for next year’s rumor about a 6.9″ Nexus phone.

      • ªAS|YOUTH|IA

        Hahaha 6.9″ NEXUS? It sounds like a mouthful

  • OhHai

    5.9 inch screen with 720p res.

    • Dan

      huh? The Nexus 5 has 1080p……not sure what you are insinuating here.

      • Paul Hansen

        Moto has a habit of releasing phones with lower resolution to increase battery performance and reduce cost. Not that these panels look bad they just don’t match up in the spec wars.

        • Wilsonian

          Moto might have that habit, but Google is the one that lets them know/controls what they want in the phone. There’s not a coincidence that the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 look similar, have notification lights in similar places, both have Qi charging, etc., even though they are manufactured from different companies.

    • I couldn’t help but think the same thing. 😛

    • Orion

      Dude get real. Last year’s Nexus is 1080p.

      • OhHai

        Forgot Moto did “Last year’s Nexus”.

        o_0 The Nexus 5 (codenamed Hammerhead) is a smartphone co-developed by Google and LG Electronics that runs the Android operating system
        o_0

        • Mech_Engr_09

          Yeah, but you’re forgetting that nexus phones always have some of the best available hardware in them. Regardless of who makes it.

    • Fooer

      480!

    • Brandon

      That was one of the two major things that made me ditch the X. Going from the S5’s gorgeous screen to the X’s sub-par and dark 720P was a huge kick in the nuts, so much so that I only had it for 3 months before I sold it and got the Note 3.

  • Phil Stout

    What here tells us that it is 5.9 inches other than an assumption based on the name shamu?

    • MistaButters

      Android Police had more information leaked to them, but they didn’t feel comfortable sharing it. Aka, they could have jeopardized somebody’s job and well being if they put it out.

  • skitchbeatz

    This better have some awesome battery life.

    • Paul Hansen

      Giant phone? Moto crammed 3500 into a 5″ device so I figure they’ll be over 4 in this monstrosity. Wishful thinking I suppose bit it’ll likely be over 3000.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Keep in mind this is a rumored Nexus. The nexus phones have pretty much had smaller batteries across the board. I’d almost hazard a guess this one would probably squeak in just under 4000mah to help keep costs down and thickness down.

  • Paul Hansen

    Whaaaaaat? Um. OK. I’ll bite and at least try the thing out. Worst case I sell it but wow. Thanks for the Moto nexus love.

  • Dan

    gross………5 inch max in a phone! I’ve been a nexus user since the Gnex and I think this will be where I draw the line. If i can’t fit it in my pocket, i don’t want it.

    Queue all the “that’s what she said jokes”

    • Jonathan Williams

      She might want it…

  • Miguel

    That’s gonna be a huge Nexus **** if it’s true.
    That’s sammy’s territory at 5.9, just leave it at 5 like the last nexus and it’s all good Google.

    • Shane Redman

      5.9 is bigger than the Note isn’t it?

      • King Lo

        It’s around the same size as the galaxy mega

  • Droon

    My Nexus 5 barely fits in my pocket.

    I enjoy the Nexus experience, and would have liked to upgrade again this year, but I am not about to go out and buy a fanny pack just to carry my phone. 🙁

    • Paul Hansen

      Stop wearing skinny jeans

      • Tree

        This should just be a rule in general.

      • Droon

        I don’t wear skinny jeans. Wear standard Levi’s for the most part.

        • Paul Hansen

          Sorry. I figured the smiley was enough for you to recognize sarcasm. Don’t take it personal.

          • Droon

            I didn’t take it personal, but I also didn’t see the smiley in chrome. I just see a square 🙁

    • Mech_Engr_09

      Don’t lie. You already have a fanny pack.

      • Droon

        You got me. 🙂

        • Mech_Engr_09

          haha 🙂 i knew it.

  • NorCalGuy

    5.9″…thats it….

  • Garrett Sechelski

    I don’t know why I continue reading Nexus articles when my carrier is Verizon… *sighs*

    • HelloMoto

      I’m hoping Moto sells this on Verizon as a non nexus. I’m OK with having a locked bootloader if its Moto’s lightly skinned, fast upgradable OS.

      • Mech_Engr_09

        So you’re talking about the next moto x. Everyone wants a real nexus on Verizon again. No compromises.

        • bvsbutthd101

          “real nexus on Verizon again” lets be honest here. Can we really call the galaxy nexus on verizon a “real nexus”. It took them way too long to get those updates out.

          • Mech_Engr_09

            Let’s be really honest. Anyone that knowingly bought that phone as a nexus was happy to get the latest update through ROMS, etc. Anyone that bought that phone not knowing what a nexus was didn’t care about speedy updates.

          • Jordan Webb

            They did, however, quickly care about the battery life and signal issues. The last one I support finally died last week.

          • Gtdriver

            I’m still holding on to a VZW Gnex holding out for the day Verizon gets a new Nexus phone. Although 5.9 seems too big for me. Looks like i’ll be upgrading my Gnex from 4.4.4 to Android L this fall.

          • tomn1ce

            I picked up the Note 3 in Dec and delegated the duties of my landline to the G-Nexus.

          • Gideon Waxfarb

            Yeah, Nexus or not, that phone was a POS. GSM one was much better; it had a radio that actually worked.

          • TonyK

            Yep. That’s the one thing I’m really looking forward to improving when I finally let the GNEX go.

          • bvsbutthd101

            I can agree with you on that. I’m still using my vzw gnex with the latest version of android. But I still don’t consider the vzw Gnex a true nexus device.

        • MH

          The N7 2013 LTE is uncompromised…it just took them an entire year of “testing” to allow it on their network.

      • Bigsike

        I will never be “ok” with a locked bootloader.

        • Justin Kos

          Not if my phones a Google Nexus

      • enigmaco

        It’s worth hoping for seeing how much they love motorola, just would suck with updates.

    • XvierX

      I feel your pain.

    • Reficurg

      LG G2 with AOSP ROM (Mahdi) is as close as I can get for now and I’m extremely happy with it.

      • Garrett Sechelski

        I’m coming up on an upgrade a month from now. I was all set to go to the G3 until I started reading & watching some reviews… Now I’m leaning more towards the M8. I’m expecting to know a lot more about the Moto X successor by 8/26 though, so that may change too.

        • cns2007

          What negatives have you gathered about the G3? I too plan on choosing between it and the next Moto X.

          • Garrett Sechelski

            Some reviews I’ve read and/or watched have mentioned lag. Not that it’s debilitating to the phone, but that’s annoying in 2014. A pretty alarming thing that I have seen has been the phone overheating & shutting down after a while when the screen is set too bright. The speaker isn’t too great. And with all those features, I’d expect the camera to be on par with the S5 & iPhone 5S, but apparently it isn’t. This is all stuff I heard through reviews, I’ve only seen a G3 in person twice, and only played with it about 30-40 minutes total, so keep that in mind.

          • cns2007

            Interesting, I hadn’t come across most of those, other than some lag which I equated to the hi-res screen. Thanks for the info, I’ll keep a lookout for more.

        • Pam Oakea

          I’ve decided both the M8 and now LG G3. G3 is better. Don’t be afraid of the G3. Battery life is better as well as the operating system. Lg did a good job revamping their OS.

          • Marikel

            My M8 flies. The G3 seems like a nice phone and most people may be able to deal with the rare lag and stutter but it’s just not for me. I can’t deal with it. I love how my M8 almost NEVER lags. Like in the 3 months that I’ve owned it has only lagged once.

        • Mech_Engr_09

          I have my m8 up for sale on swappa right now if you’re interested. comes with incipio dual pro case and a 32 gb sd card as well as box with s-off, rooted, and unlocked bootloader. Currently running GPE ROM with L features. http://swappa.com/listing/GMU501/view am willing to work with price, but not much.

    • Marikel

      On the source article they state that this phone will be targeted towards carriers. And with VoLTE coming out this year it’s possible.

      • Garrett Sechelski

        VoLTE is a god send if you live in a bigger city. I don’t. If they roll out VoLTE beginning next year, we won’t have it here until 2016 at the earliest. I don’t even get LTE service everywhere I go now (I work out of a truck, travel to 4 to 5 different counties every month) so a strictly VoLTE phone would not be in my best interest.

        • Marikel

          Okay but as I said it’ll still be possible for it to come in a CDMA variant because the source article stated that it was targeted towards carriers. And with Verizon up Motorola’s ass it’s possible.

    • pyro74boy .

      Unless you’re under contract with Verizon? then just call them up and cancel your service. That’s what I’m doing on October 1st because they are playing games with my unlimited data and slowing it down whenever they feel like it.

      • guest

        You’re getting rid of unlimited data because there is a possibility they may throttle you on high demand towers?

        • pyro74boy .

          Trust me Verizon has already tired everything in their power to get me to lose my unlimited data including lying to me and making me pay full retail price on a phone and then after the sale they told me that I no longer had unlimited data. Thank god I called 611 from my phone and talked to the phone rep that day because they told me that their records showed that I still had unlimited data even though the rep in the store said otherwise. When they start to slow down the data speeds I’m going to be one of the first people they play this game with because I do use a lot of data and I have already been told by Verizon that I’m in the top five percent. I’m not sticking around for them to start playing these games with me and I’m already shopping around for a new phone and service and I might even be switching before October 1st if I find the right deal between now and then,

      • schoat333

        Good choice. As consumers, we have the power. We just need to actually use it.

      • Garrett Sechelski

        Currently under contract (although my particular line is up as of 8/26) but we have 6 phones on the account. I’m not 100% on how canceling all those lines would work.

        And besides that, Verizon is the only carrier where I am that really gets good service. AT&T is the next closest, but that’s choosing between two evils as far as prices go. I’d already be on T-Mobile if their service in the area was even close to decent, but it’s not.

        • pyro74boy .

          I’m one of the lucky ones because I live in an area where all the carriers work very well and hardly ever go out of town so I can really go with any of these networks.

          Yeah T-mobile seems to have the best deals.

          • LSH99

            I’m with you. So thankful I’m not stuck with Verizon just for their network.

          • pyro74boy .

            The biggest joke of all is when I call Verizon Wireless customer service and at the end of the call they say to me thank you for being the best part of Verizon LOL so to show me how thankful they are to me they are going to slow down my internet data speeds LOL I’m just waiting for them to tell me this again so I can blow up to the next rep who tells me this. Verizon what the hell is wrong with your greedy way of thinking? LOL Verizon has already told me that I’m in the top five percent of high data users so I know that I would be effected by this for sure. So unless Verizon does not slow down my data BYE BYE VERIZON AND HELLO T-MOBILE or whoever decides to give me the best deal.

        • 213ninja

          that seems to be a fairly popular argument and position. people are always bashing verizon customers saying their idiots for being on verizon, when realistically, verizon is the only carrier worth a dick in the area we live. i’d jump all over tmo if they had half the service i get in my area with verizon….but they don’t. no one does.

        • Travillion

          I left Verizon after several years for AT&T. True, as far as pricing goes they are both equally evil. I prefer AT&T just because coverage is equivalent (where I live), but I also get to use GSM phones and enjoy the liberty they come with (e.g., can use virtually any unlocked phone, esp. the Nexus line, swapping phones is as simple as swapping SIM cards, etc.).

      • Josh Rahn

        Just left yesterday to T-mobile with my Nexus 5 😀 I even gave up my unlimited data.
        No regrets

        • hoodieNation

          you left WITH your Nexus 5… interesting.

          • Josh Rahn

            No, I had a samsung S4 dev edition on VZW (which btw is up for grabs now, PM me :D) and a Nexus 5(tested t-mobile for a couple months to see if service was good)

          • Josh Rahn

            T-mobile actually has better service in most places I frequent. Especially at home.

          • hoodieNation

            If they had any service at all around my house I would jump ship. But they don’t at home or at work… sucks. ATT is about my only real alternative. Plus my wife still gets a 22% discount on her account. I’m sure Verizon will force me out eventually though. lol.

          • Josh Rahn

            had the same issue. I used to live in a rural setting were VZW was really the only option, but live in the city now.

      • MH

        Have they started throttling you? :knocksonwood:

    • Jared Denman

      Maybe they accidentally hit the 5 instead of the 4.

    • Stephen Chen

      I am on Verizon too, ever since i had my first phone. But i am going to make a switch soon, i did T mobile test drive and the coverage is perfect for my usage and their LTE speed is fast too. And T-mobile just announced the new family plan: Beginning this Wednesday, July 30, customers will be able to set up a four-line Simple Choice plan with 10GB of data for $100 per month. Unlike plans on other carriers where that data would be shared, on T-Mobile each line will get 2.5GB of high-speed data. The offer will be available until 2016.
      I think it’s time to say bye bye to Verizon now.

    • I am also on Verizon, and I am going to make it clear — it’s not going to happen. At this point, I would refuse to believe any rumor about Verizon releasing a phone with an unlockable bootloader w/o labeling it a “Developer Edition”, and making it incredible unattractive (Moto X w/o MotoMaker), or exceptionally difficult to find (any Galaxy phone’s Developer Edition — out of stock all the times.)

      • MH

        When they go VoLTE, you might be able to do what they did with the N7 2013 LTE. Otherwise, you’re right.

    • Foosa Noble

      Exactly……….

  • Android Silver baby!!!!! Hopefully..

  • Nexus4Life

    Please come to Verizon

    • Marc

      Hah, not going to happen before Verizon is VoLTE only.

      • Jim

        Galaxy Nexus did…….

        • Kevin

          but did that even really count?

          • Mike W

            The new unlock Bill being signed should allow the phone to come to Verizon, they won’t be able to block phones for their carrier anymore. So if oem’s design 1 phone with all the bands on Qualcomm’s new multiband antenna for all carriers on one phone making it cheaper to just make 1 phone for all carriers it would be beneficial to all. Have not read the full bill yet or what this means to Sprint & Verizon with cdma technology.

          • chris125

            Actually they still can because of CDMA and having to approve the devices on their network. Might wanna brush up on what that bill actually means

          • Mike W

            “Have not read the full bill yet” As I have stated

            Love people who formulate answers without actually reading the entire comment

          • chris125

            Which is why I said might wanna brush up on it. Don’t get your panties in a bunch.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I love people who make comments about things they don’t know anything about. The Unlock bill has nothing to do with the different technologies. If you have a phone that doesn’t support the technology or bands a wireless carrier uses, sure, you can unlock the phone, but that doesn’t mean you can use it on any carrier, just the carriers that use the technology and bands the phone supports.

        • And that didn’t go too well…

        • cns2007

          There is also a lesser known fact about this and explains why the GNex was such a disaster on Verizon. The GNex wasn’t released through Google on Verizon’s network, that was actually a partnership through Samsung and Verizon that brought the phone to their network. Google was actually out of the picture in that case.

  • That’s all I was asking for a Nexus Phablet with hopefully premium specs and an SD slot (probably won’t happen) I don’t really care for a removable battery.

    • Orion

      Dude, this is the best tech news I’ve heard all year. Finally a Nexus phablet!! Hopefully this is true.

      • Yes I am also hoping that this is true, one thing that will kill it for me though is a lack of SD slot I still like the store everything locally I’m not really into the cloud except for backing up pictures.

      • ClickFire_

        i like stock android but for some reason stock android on a phablet feels out of place to me.

  • googlyeyedfrog

    i think the whale in this situation is the Galaxy Note IV, and Motorola’s Shamu is going to kill it 🙂

    • We’ll see what they look like on paper before making that call. Besides this is only a rumor.

    • Tree

      Um, no. Nexus line doesn’t matter to anyone outside of devotees of sites like this. Sammy will throw a bazillion dollars in marketing of the Note 4. C’mon dude, be realistic.

      • googlyeyedfrog

        Yes, I know you’re probably right 🙁 but a man can dream can’t he?

        • Tree

          Haha, yes he can. 😀

  • James

    Too big? probably. Will I buy it? Probably.

    • I am not a fan of giant phones, but I am also not a fan of non-Nexus devices…so I’m probably getting it as well.

      • ClickFire_

        agreed only the Htc One Devices are somewhat tolerable non-nexus devices. I’m hoping Android Silver is pure Stock.

    • Xavier_NYC

      Hopefully there’s a mini version with the same specs or a refreshed version of the Nexus 5 with the newer specs but that’s wishful thinking..

  • CincinnatiAllDay

    Hopefully it works with Verizon!!!!

    • Derek Traini

      This. This. This.
      So much this.

    • Buur

      hah! As if.

    • Marc

      Hah, not before Verizon is VoLTE only.

      • Mech_Engr_09

        Maybe this is the surprise that google and verizon were going to surprise us with in 2014 :))))

        • Jim

          About Dam time.

          Google said they were working with Verizon on 2 different products to release for 2014 last November

          • Mech_Engr_09

            Yeah and if this is it, it would be worth the wait.

    • Open1Your1Eyes0

      Only if Verizon allows Google to manage the software and updates directly…aka “you have got to be kidding me?”

      • chris125

        I’d take a nexus even if it had a little slower updates, since they are easily unlockable and can get the updates right away if you want regardless

        • Open1Your1Eyes0

          As having the Nexus doesn’t make Verizon any money that they are interested in (as clearly seen by the Galaxy Nexus fiasco) it is highly unlikely you will ever see a Nexus phone on Verizon again unless the demand in mainstream is significant (as for example the Nexus 7 was).

          • chris125

            I think the galaxy nexus was just a POS sort of like the Htc thunderbolt, but I agree. Until VoLtE it’s very unlikely to see a nexus on Verizon. The next best thing is moto devices

          • Devi8

            : ( I had both

          • chris125

            As did I :/

    • Lucky Armpit

      Yeah, have to agree. Definitely interested as long as it works on Verizon. Sadly, the train wreck that was the Galaxy Nexus was probably the last Nexus phone we’ll see on Verizon’s network.

  • CincinnatiAllDay

    Nice!!!!