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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: 1041; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Motorola + Nexus = $5 off contract

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 15:19 14

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Motorola + Nexus + Android = Pure 100% Nexus.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 15:22 4

13. UglyFrank (Posts: 1783; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


90% screen to body

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 05:58

44. CyberFalcon (Posts: 223; 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: 2486; 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: 1589; 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: 3710; 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: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


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

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 18:04 4

20. vincelongman (Posts: 4728; 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: 224; 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: 2486; 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: 6; 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: 620; 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: 6; 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: 508; 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: 354; 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: 2106; 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: 508; 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: 508; 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: 2705; 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: 508; 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: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I still expect 64bit.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 01:05

35. Suo.Eno (Posts: 508; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Same here.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 16:23 1

17. Adrian38 (Posts: 142; 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: 5; 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"

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