Is there a Motorola Nexus 5 coming next quarter?
Earlier speculation had LG behind the next Nexus handset, following up on the success it had with the Google Nexus 4. Earlier this year, rumors about an LG Nexus 5 contained specs that seemed too far reaching. Looking at those specs now, it sounds extremely similar to the LG G2 making it seem possible that a variant of the LG G2 would be chosen as the Nexus 5.
Still, a Motoroa Nexus handset has been rumored from the moment that Google purchased the manufacturer. Now that Motorola has worked through the pipeline it had built up prior to being purchased by Google, and the Motorola Moto X has whet the appetite of many smartphone buyers, this could be the opportune time to give Motorola this prime assignment.
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4. james004 (Posts: 349; Member since: 15 May 2013)
looking at how google likes to apply apple theory of providing past specs on present phones so people HAVE TO upgrade every year, im not very excited about any hardware from google.
They will again release SD S4 pro or SD 600 with 720p 4.7 inch phone.
when im spending $600 i want to know my phone will not be out dated in 2 years atleast.
im hoping google proves me wrong. really liked google until previous nexus 4 and 7 and then this moto x phone.
times with google used to create new designs, the curve G-Nex and no hardware button. Google needs to create new design again since OEM R&D dept sucks at that.
also breaking barrier between point and shoot camera and smartphone.
5. Captain_Doug (Posts: 729; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
It's not about the specs.http://androidandme.com/2013/0
7. james004 (Posts: 349; Member since: 15 May 2013)
im sure its not but it is about life of phone. if the specs are good for now even with past hardware what about future?
when most good games start requiring 1080p screen? and specific ranking GPU? and your battery is unable to keep up with heavier apps than today.
i cant speak for you but for me $600+ is a heck lots of money and isnt easy to earn.
as ugly as samsung and lg are atleast they provide top notch hardware Always
10. farhanmohdyousaf (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 May 2012)
nexus 4, nexus 7(both) and nexus 10 came with best hardware of their time, with very very competitive pricing and none of them were $600+, when nexus 4 came around it was the most powerful smartphone, similarly when first nexus 7 came, tegra 3 was the most powerful mobile SoC of that time and their pricing was very good too, nexus 4 was released for $350 for 16 GB,
22. Birds (Posts: 849; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Hey may be an international guy who had to pay the full price not the google subsidy.
55. VZWuser76 (Posts: 723; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
All signs point to Android 5 (KLP) not requiring the highest end specs to run. I don't think Google would've let Moto release it if it wouldn't have been upgradable. And Moto has been doing better with updates since the buyout (last year every other week had news of another update for a Moto phone).
The biggest thing for me was price. I've got to buy off contract, and at the moment all of them are around the same price. Since I can't go with a Nexus 4 (Verizon) I was hoping that the X would be their version for us. And most likely if they put out a Nexus 5 (LG or Moto) it won't be produced for Verizon, their handling of the Galaxy Nexus saw to that.
86. Mittal (Posts: 405; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
apps wise i dont think the min requirements are escalating as fast as the specs in the industry... most of yur required apps can definitely be used in the aging G-Nex
Of course there would be some apps that will hopefully optimise their apps for the current updated hardware, but i do not expect them to stop supporting older hardware altogether
23. gustavoace (Posts: 49; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
You're not spending 600+USD on a Nexus phone (not even on a nexus tablet)... Nexus 4 was not outdated back in november 2012, Moto X is not about specs. I have a nexus phone since HTC nexus one, and I always got a great experience (specially with my beloved Nexus S).
I mean, do you really have to have a i7 3990k, 32gb RAM, 4xSLI Titan on a 4k 29'' display to enjoy everything your Windows/Linux has to offer?
34. boosook (Posts: 611; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
the nexus does not cost $600, it costs $300-350. the hardware is not a problem, even the current nexus 4 works well after an year and won't be outdated for another couple of years, unless you're a specs geek. 4.7'' is perfect for everyday use, that's the philosophy of nexus phones: affordable price, good for everyday use. If you want the highest specifications, there are other products on the market.
26. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 May 2012)
or maybe,just maybe it will be the Nokia Nexus 5
30. TheLolGuy (Posts: 449; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
But I don't understand... if Moto X will have a Google Play edition, then what will this new Nexus be? A new, original design? Will it have Motorola's customized SoC? He called it a Nexus 5, too... so it'll be like the Maxx?
Hmm, wait no -- it has to be vanilla specs. It IS a developer device first and foremost after all! Probably no fancy pants dedicated cores and Samsung sensors etc.
To me, there are too many things that don't make sense about making a Nexus device. I'm calling BS for now.
64. roscuthiii (Posts: 1602; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Hmm... I guess the difference could be the X is by Moto design team while the Nexus 5 is by the Google design team. So, if they share similar goals we might wind up two devices similar on the insides but with differeing exterior deign languages. But really at this point that's the case across the board anyhow.
So maybe with the Nexus 5 being a developer phone, which in my mind should always be a "Yeah!!! Let's see what this sum'betch can do!" type of thing, we'll get a phone that pushes the limits of it's possibilites - the 1080p's, the S800's, the Adreno 330's, etc.
68. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'm of the mind that the Nexus doesn't need to push the hardware limits if Google doesn't need them pushed anymore. The Nexus line has always been state of the art, not tip top of the line. If Google wants developers to use a Snapdragon 600 with 2 GB and a 720 screen, because they feel anything beyond that is overkill this year, that's what the Nexus 5 will have.
72. roscuthiii (Posts: 1602; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
I don't disagree... but if they stop pushing limits then the "good enough" mentality sets in, and innovation begins to stagnate & mediocrity becomes the norm.
18. Shatter (Posts: 1654; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Nexus 5 based off motorala x with a better cpu/gpu would be the perfect phone. Sorry but I want a phone that will be able to run all the games on the android market coming out in the next 1-2 years fine and the moto x will not be able to do that. Only the tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800 are good enough for that.
21. Twashbush (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)
I will hold you to that comment, cause I would bet that the X will handle anything in the next 2 year. barring some retarded amount of advancement in the market and in that event the T4 or SD800 wouldn't be good enough either.
29. boosook (Posts: 611; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
and how much do you want to pay for it? nexus phones are mid range phones. if you want specs, if you're a gamer, get a gs4 or the brand new lg g2 (you'll notice that they cost almost twice as much).
37. Zero0 (Posts: 533; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
You're looking at the same Nexus 4 that I am, right? Because in November, that was top-of-the-line. Quad-core S4 Pro, Adreno 320, 720p, LTE (they didn't tell you?), and of course a fresh coat of 4.2 Jelly Bean.
41. Zero0 (Posts: 533; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Nexus 5 built around the Moto X with a lower price would be perfect, to be honest.
It's essentially the Nexus 4 with an AMOLED display, drastically improved GPU and camera, better cell radios, stronger build, smaller bezel, and longer battery life (due to the low power cores). I'll take it.
53. Klamba92 (Posts: 117; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
Actually you may be surprised, the moto x handles games very well see link below! Not that I'm much of a mobile gamer. Think about It the current gen processors can easily handle intensive tasks. So if more and more developers optimise for the hardware, instead of jumping ship every year when a new processor is out more apps would be optimised for current and older hardware. This is good thing as low and mid tier phones will have the same smoothness as high tier phones in android.
56. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3272; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
If you say the Moto X won't be able to run all the Play Store games within the next 1-2 years, then you're saying pretty much every high end device since late 2012 won't be able to either. The Adreno 320 is the most powerful GPU in a phone right now, it's used in the Moto X, Optimus G (Pro), Nexus 4, HTC Butterfly (S)/DNA, Xperia Z, HTC One, and most units of the GS4.
33. wendygarett (unregistered)
No matter how much efforts they put, will never surpass Samsung when it comes to sales... Deal with it
Nobody want a nexus with moto x specs anyway, deal with it
35. Sniggly (Posts: 6199; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
And with this comment I just proved you wrong, "Wendy."
40. wendygarett (unregistered)
Why would you want to have moto x spec of nexus when you have nexus 4? Is it because of lte? Is it? Only lte? Pftt
44. Sniggly (Posts: 6199; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
If you paid any attention to the Moto X's specs you'd know why someone would want it. But you're clueless, so I don't feel the need to explain it to you.
3. PootisMan (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
Yes finally, I really hope this is true. Huge battery, Kevlar back, high end specs with an affordable price. Motorola is a perfect manufactuar for making the next Nexus phone. Oh man I really hope this is true!
9. MirOsamahAli (Posts: 20; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
What was the point of Moto X then? Wouldn't the release of Motorola Nexus 5 just kill Moto X?
25. dorianb (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Not really. Moto X is still the standard carrier heavy subsidised phone. Nexus are non-subsidised & unlocked. Also Moto X is GSM/CDMA. After that Verizon fail I don't think we'll ever see another CDMA Nexus.
65. roscuthiii (Posts: 1602; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
A consumer device and a developer device. Simple as that.
69. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Except that the Nexus 7 is a consumer device.
73. roscuthiii (Posts: 1602; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Being available to consumers doesn't mean the Nexus 7 isn't designed to further develop the Android platform. Availbility to consumers just provides the potential to put it in the most developer hands, all the while turning a profit at the same time.
Also, Motorola isn't making a current Android tablet for their to be a comparisonbetween the virtues of the two. Whereas in the smartphone market, we hypothetically have 2 phones by the same two companies, one of which owns the other, possibly filling the same market segment.
6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I know this is not going to happen but i'm happily visualizing the Nexus 'X' with the hardware specifications of G2 and 5 inch screen.
It's good to dream sometimes i guess, lol.
But i do like the sound of 'Nexus X'.
66. roscuthiii (Posts: 1602; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
If there's a Nexus X, I'm completely abandoning my plans of upgrading my phone in mid/late 2014 and jumping on board.
I can see the branding now: neXus
8. RomeoJDR (Posts: 236; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
With the Moto X being released on all carriers along with heavy marketing dollars the chances of Motorola undercutting its own product by releasing a Nexus right behind it are next to nil. If Motorola was going to produce the Nexus 5 it would have been the Moto X. Unless Google released the Play Edition of the S4 and One to buy some more time for the nexus, but it certainly wont be a Motorola if released next quarter.
14. Twashbush (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)
why do you think that? the current nexus phones only work on ATT and T-mobile if they do that again with higher specs, the X would have served it's purpose as a stepping stone to get the word out about what motorola can do and make a little bank also. Sprint and US Cellular will still have the X and Verizon the Droid Ultra, MAXX, and mini.
16. Twashbush (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)
but then again some people might still want to order the X for the ability to custom design it. and as they are mostly made to order they aren't really wasting resources.
39. Zero0 (Posts: 533; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Problem is, you can say this about most any OEM.
Samsung will be releasing the Note 3 soon, Motorola just had the X, LG with the G2, Sony with the Xperia Z Ultra, and HTC is launching something soon, I think.
Someone has to break and do a Nexus. Unless a challenger approaches? (Asus?)
82. RomeoJDR (Posts: 236; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
The Nexus line offers mainstream features and design to attract the largest audience, just like the goal of the Moto X. The Note 3 is a niche market (I'm part of), and phones like the S4, One and G2 are going for the people who want the latest and greatest and willing to spend extra for it. Asus would be an excellent candidate, obviously because of their success with the tablet but also because of the rumors of them wanting to enter the phone arena (no pun intended). You may be on to something there
84. Zero0 (Posts: 533; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
ZTE and Huawei are also sleeper candidates for the Nexus. I'd say that Asus has become a hell of a lot less likely in the last few hours, as supposedly they've been tapped for the Nexus 10. I can't see the entire line being held by Asus (unless the Nexus 10 rumor is false, which is definitely possible).
11. ayephoner (Posts: 832; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
I'm having big issues with my nexus 4. this phone is garbage. the galaxy nexus was garbage. screw google. screw android. screw the nexus line.
i cannot wait for the new iphones. i'll be buying one on launch day.
38. Zero0 (Posts: 533; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
I know of exactly no problems with iPhones. Not ever.
No phone is perfect; get used to it.
12. Cha7520 (Posts: 176; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)
This is what I have been waiting for since Jan 1, 2013 to update my Nexus 4! BRING IT!!
15. Twashbush (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)
NO MORE LG =) (loud applause and merrymaking)
49. jan25 (Posts: 330; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
I think Motorola can deliver the snapdragon 800 with a great battery of theirs and a solid built quality. I think the only thing a Moto Nexus will miss from LG is their display.
67. roscuthiii (Posts: 1602; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Who says Moto can't use an LG display though?
70. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
With the exception of the Atrix HD, Motorola has been using AMOLED screens for the last 2 years. That means Samsung.
74. roscuthiii (Posts: 1602; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
True... but as a Nexus device, Google could appoint whomever they wish to provide the display.
77. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The nexus phones have pretty much stuck with the manufacturer's supply chain. Even the nexus one used the same screen as HTC's extant flagships (Desire and Incredible).
79. roscuthiii (Posts: 1602; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Dang it... way to burst a guy's bubble.
85. Zero0 (Posts: 533; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
LG did a really nice job on the Nexus 4 display.
It's calibrated like crap, but a little modding fixes that. The colors pop and the contrast is unbelievable. You'd think I bought a new phone.
20. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 156; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
Funny how this news contradicts the babbling garbage Android hating Michael put out earlier today of Google going the low spec route.
And I could care less about the lame email warnings you spit out. I would rather speak the truth for everyone to hear then be silenced by your cheezy warnings. Besides everytime I get one it makes me feel tingly inside knowing you are probably upset by the truth...U MAD BRO?!?!
36. Sniggly (Posts: 6199; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You get reported and warned because comments like these show you didn't bother to understand Michael's article whatsoever, and instead you're posting bulls**t just for the sake of releasing your impotent nerd rage.
24. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Remember those rumors from half a year ago that the next Nexus would skip the larger screens, the high pixel densities - basically the spec race - and focus instead on the camera? Sounds a lot like the Moto X to me.
27. dorianb (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I appreciate the pixel heavy screens.
Google still needs to work on the camera end.