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Is Motorola working in a 5.9-inch Nexus, codenamed Shamu?

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Is Motorola working in a 5.9-inch Nexus, codenamed Shamu?
Ever since Google first announced its intentions to purchase Motorola, there have been rumors (aka hopes) that Motorola would eventually make a Nexus device. So far, that hasn't happened, but there is a chance that Motorola could contribute to the Nexus line before its sale to Lenovo officially goes through. It may even be working on the first Nexus phablet.

According to Android Police, Motorola and Google are working on a 5.9-inch Nexus device, codenamed Shamu. Right off the bat, the codename is somewhat odd to us, although that doesn't necessarily mean the rumor is false. Nexus devices have all had codenames of types of aquatic animals - mako, maguro/tuna, hammerhead, flounder, etc. Shamu is the name of a famous orca, so it is slightly outside of the norm.

If the device is real, Motorola and Google are reportedly aiming for a November release on major carriers. October/November has been the usual window for Nexus devices, so that's easy enough to believe. Android Police is protecting its sources, but there have been a couple bug reports that name a device "Shamu". At the very least, it seems like there is a device matching the description that is in testing, but there is no guarantee that it will ever make it to market. We've reached out to our sources at Motorola to see if we can find out any more. If we do, we'll let you know. 

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posted on 26 Jul 2014, 14:24 9

1. vuyonc (Posts: 384; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Motorola + Nexus = $5 off contract

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 15:19 14

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3652; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Motorola + Nexus + Android = Pure 100% Nexus.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 15:22 4

13. UglyFrank (Posts: 579; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


90% screen to body

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 05:58

44. CyberFalcon (Posts: 172; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Motorola + Nexus = "The Ultimate Nexus"
with all google features successfully integrated and that too Touchless...

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 14:26 9

2. fzacek (Posts: 2198; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Hopefully there will also be a Nexus with a screen size around 5 inches. I really don't like this screen size war that's going on right now...

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 14:37 2

3. hurrycanger (Posts: 1287; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Yeah. There should be a new Nexus around 5inch imo. But having two new Nexus at two different sizes will be welcomed as well. XD

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 14:38

5. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I hope so too, but I'd personally go with this phablet. I was planning on getting both the next Nexus phone and tablet, but if this rumor is true I'll probably just stick with the one.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 14:57

7. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


The 5" nexus called Nexus 5...

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 15:01 5

10. fzacek (Posts: 2198; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I'm waiting for the Nexus 5 (2014)...

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 18:04 4

20. vincelongman (Posts: 1690; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Not exactly, otherwise the Nexus 4 would have be the called the Nexus 5 as well (4.65" rounds to 5)
The 4th Nexus with a 4.65" screen was the Nexus 4
The 5th Nexus with a 4.95" screen was the Nexus 5

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 04:38 2

43. vijaysivakula (Posts: 169; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


Yes. We need a 5" Nexus device right now. We feel so very incomplete with our 4.95" Nexus 5. That missing 0.05" is devastating us.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 15:35 1

55. fzacek (Posts: 2198; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I wouldn't mind another 4.95" Nexus, all it needs is some updated hardware and I'm happy...

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 14:38 1

4. minh831998 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Nexus 6 will be a 6-incher?

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 14:57 2

8. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Finally..!!!!
I would really love the 6 incher nexus

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 10:07 1

50. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I remember when my Galaxy Nexus arrived and I thought it was huge. Then my Note 3, and I thought it was huge.
I like my Note 3, but even at 5.7 inches. I think a 5.9 would be great.
I would hate to have to go smaller than my Note 3.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 10:34

51. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Yes, this is what the american has been missing. They stuck in the some-size-too-big thinking. They 2 years replacement cycle and apple one hand propaganda really hit american mind.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 21:35

61. minh831998 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Totally, we need a 6-incher that possibly will not be useful because Google will not have any split-screen app... and we stuck with a big ass phone that does one thing at the time

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 14:46

6. Suo.Eno (Posts: 231; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Very interesting. Sidenote:- any1in the know about what's up w/ Moto's own Xx SoC project or did that got canned after Moto X? Yeah I've missed the memo.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 14:58 1

9. pulkit1 (Posts: 343; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


I think motorola will use off the shelf snapdragon this time .

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 15:20

12. Planterz (Posts: 1080; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


By all rumors, the X+1 will use a SD800, but there's no word on whether they'll augment it like they did the dual core SD S4 Pro "X8" chip on the Moto X.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 01:10

38. Suo.Eno (Posts: 231; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


That's the thing. Moving on forward I think someone should take up that "Snapdragon modder" challenge so far only Moto has the nuts to do it :)

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 01:11

39. Suo.Eno (Posts: 231; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Still OK but I hope that there won't be an X+2 or +3 on SD801 or 805 afters... that'd be a wee bit ridiculous imo.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 16:17 15

16. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2692; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I've heard Motorola is working with Qualcomm to have a custom Snapdragon 800 for the X+1

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 01:07 1

36. Suo.Eno (Posts: 231; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Nice if that pans out. Hope that they'll continue to in the foreseeable future.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 15:52 2

14. theizzz (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)


A 6-inch device would add a lot of flavor and option to the Nexus family, I welcome this phablet with big open arms!

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 15:56 5

15. AfterShock (Posts: 2958; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I still expect 64bit.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 01:05

35. Suo.Eno (Posts: 231; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Same here.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 16:23 1

17. Adrian38 (Posts: 136; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Nexus phablet? That could be nice. Always nice to have choices :P Too bad Vanilla Android doesn't have software features to utilize a 5.9" display :(

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 16:57 1

18. Kadmspb (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)


Oh cmon, I really hope there will be normal sized phone no bigger than 5 inch. If I wanted to carry a tablet around, I would get one...

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 23:51

29. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


and that's a reason why Android device come in many sizes. You don't want phone size bigger than 5", but others (me) think 5.3-6.3" is VERY GOOD size. and I prefer 5.8"-6.1"

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 17:35 1

19. Canaan (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 May 2014)


Looks like everything is pointing to an iphone 6 for me. All the androids I had interest in are killing it with their gigantic screens.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 18:09 1

21. lumia920 (Posts: 107; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


maximum screen size limit for a smartphone should be 5.5".

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 21:34 6

26. Adrian38 (Posts: 136; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Why? Because YOU don't like anything larger? If you don't want a larger display, then don't buy one. Simple as that.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 22:39

28. Awalker (Posts: 560; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Why would anyone make a phone that only appeals to a small niche group?

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 23:55 3

31. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


In asia, big phone is selling like a hot cakes. If you ever went to Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philipine, you will see that a lot of teenager using phablet.

A galaxy Mega size (5.8" - 6.3") is very popular. Especially among girl who can tuck in their phone in their purse. Big phablet is NOT niche. In asia, it's even have larger pie than smaller than 5.2" phone

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 00:31

34. Awalker (Posts: 560; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I live in the US so I'm concerned about the US market.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 02:10

40. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


the US is a bit late in following the screen size trend. Maybe because people really bought the apple one handed operation argument. But once apple sell the 4.7" and 5.5", phablet screen size will suddenly looks make sense.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 03:34

42. Awalker (Posts: 560; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


The trends in Americans are different from Asian trends. There's no way Americans are going to considered 6" phone as practical. It's a niche market here.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 13:03 3

53. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1883; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


That's what they said about a 4.3" screen 4 years ago. Phones like the original Ego and Droid X were considered huge, and no one would ever go bigger than that. Now a 4.3" screened phone is considered a "mini". Give it time.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 08:03

62. Tuxedo (Posts: 174; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


Just wait until Apple unleashes its phablet. It will be considered very practical...

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 18:37

22. Icebird (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)


hopefully it'll work on Verizon!

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 19:00

23. gmracer (Posts: 24; Member since: 09 May 2013)


when nexus line will work with HTC i'm just waiting.....

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 20:57 2

24. brasstax (Posts: 144; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Is playing high end games really comfortable on a 5 inch or even smaller screen? I mean do such screens even do justice to modern mobile games where the graphics form an integral part of the overall game play & experience?

Of course, you can always grab a tablet for a larger screen experience. Then what's the point of having all that power inside a 5 inch phone when you can't even enjoy the one thing that will utilize it's power.

People who have used a 5.5 inch or bigger phone can never go back to a smaller one.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 23:57 1

32. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


AGREE!!!!
and that's why iphone user who have went to android can't turn back. Because in 2014 using a 4" screen is like using a bb with 2" screen in 2007.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 21:02

25. Penny (Posts: 1260; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Must be a killer phone.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 00:07 2

33. LoveHater (Posts: 161; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


Literally with a 6 inch screen ,, It has already killed what a phone means.

Google goes nuts !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 02:34 1

41. Penny (Posts: 1260; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Sadly, my joke was either found to be unfunny or was just too subtle. I am sad.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 06:07

45. LoveHater (Posts: 161; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


Killer whale == shamu
Killer phone == shamu

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 22:14

27. DavvyGhotra (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


hahaha shamu seriously

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 23:55

30. diehardnokian (Posts: 78; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


i want a htc nexus!!! i was expecting that..:(

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 01:10

37. .KRATOS. (Posts: 130; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


So is that the successor of the nexus 5?

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 07:22

46. uzimafioso (Posts: 113; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Probably not. LG would be making that again cause that way they can cover production problems and customer services... They dont decide which company is churning the most beautiful in terms of design or has the highest performance results. They see how much it's costing them. That's probably why Google went from HTC (the starting Android phones) to Samsung and then LG. Motorola is homeground to them still. They have all the patents they need, they have design teams and seeing that Lenovo still hasn't acquired it completely, it seems that the Chinese may not after all or maybe Google will make a partnership with Lenovo for production... Again they get cut the production cost very much...

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 07:47

47. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


I don't think that we should go back to previous nexus manufacture for until every other major manufacture has had their turn...so see you next round HTC, Samsung, and LG!

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 08:35

48. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6729; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


The TRUE NEXUS.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 09:43

49. Scott93274 (Posts: 1348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I don't know how I feel about this... A Nexus device is pure Android... and the things I love most about my Moto X is the stuff that Motorola added in addition to the nearly pure android experience. I'm sure Shamu will be a quality device, but it'll be missing the quality supplemental software developed by Motorola.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 12:25

52. imkyle (Posts: 1023; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Too big for a phone. 5.2 is the biggest size.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 14:28

54. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


They definitely need two sizes. A phablet automatically takes 90% of women out of the market with their small hands. 5.2 in. with very small bezels is a nice compromise for just about every person out there.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 15:48 1

56. Bedz81 (Posts: 59; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)


I know plenty of women with big phones from Xperia Z to Note 3 devices

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 16:29 1

58. uzimafioso (Posts: 113; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Women use larger devices more... They carry em in purses -_-

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 20:34

59. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


On the contrary, woman in asia use BIGGER phone than man. The reason is they could easily tuck in the phone in purse, while man need to put it on the pocket. Most men like 5.2" - 5.7" inch (that's why galaxy note didn't grow up on size), but woman like the phone up to 6.3" (Xperia Z ultra).

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