The battle for who will bear the next Nexus device isn’t over yet. But while HTC seems to have be the crowd favorite for the next Nexus tablet, Motorola seems poised to take the smartphone side. Whether it’s the Nexus 6, Nexus X, Motorola S, or Nexus Shamu is still unknown, but Indian import and export site Zauba seems to prefer the latter.
What’s in a name? Apparently, quite a lot. This mysterious device, if it’s really one and not actually two different devices, has been going by different names. The codename “Shamu” was one of the earliest pieces of information to be leaked regarding a new Nexus smartphone. “Nexus 6” also seemed appropriate since it would surpass the Nexus 5 in order and in size. However, legal hurdles seem to have forced Google to switch the name to a “Nexus X”, which might be more in line with Motorola’s “X” flagship. Then there’s the “Moto S” leak said to be part of Verizon’s inventory, leading to speculation about the smartphone being more of an Android Silver device.
Whatever its name may be, the Nexus 6/X/Shamu, the device is being billed as a smartphone aficionado’s dream come true. And why wouldn’t it be if it does have a 5.2-inch 2560×1440 QHD screen, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragn 805, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage. All of that under the service of Google’s next major Android release, Android L or, as some rumors put it, Lemon Meringue Pie. That is, of course, if any of these rumors, leaks, and speculations come to pass.
Unfortunately, we might not hear much about that this coming IFA 2014 in Berlin, as Google isn’t expected to pull off the veils until late October or early November at the latest. That said, Motorola will be having its press event on September 4, where it will unveil the “New Moto X”/Moto X+1, which may give us a hint about the upcoming Nexus smartphone as well.