Which smartphone manufacturer has Google tapped to produce the next Nexus smartphone? For a while there we were talking about LG, and wondering if a Nexus 6 might arrive based on the company’s recent G3, but public comments from execs have cast doubt on that possibility. So who, then? A new rumor landed over the weekend that suggests Motorola could step up to the role of Nexus-maker, and the phone it brings us could be the largest Nexus handset to date, a 5.9-inch phablet.
The hardware is reportedly under development as codename Shamu, and that part, at least, has some evidence behind it: an Android bug report from only a few days back makes reference to just such a “shamu” device. And beyond that, the aquatic nature of the name fits with existing Nexus-series models.
While Shamu may exist, the rest of this is still very much the stuff of rumors. Supposedly, this is a Motorola-made model with a 5.9-inch display and a fingerprint scanner. And according to this source, Shamu’s being developed with eyes on a November launch. But that’s about all we have to go on right now: no mention of other hardware specifics, not if we might see some level of Moto Maker-style customization.
The idea of a Motorola Nexus isn’t so crazy, but we wonder how well a phablet-sized Nexus might go over with shoppers. While there’s clearly a trajectory towards larger and larger Android flagships, jumping all the way up to nearly six inches might be a stretch, and push things bigger than some Nexus fans are looking for.