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Moto S (Shamu) may not be a Nexus, but an Android Silver device for Verizon

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Moto S (Shamu) may not be a Nexus, but an Android Silver device for Verizon
Given the history between the Google Nexus line and Verizon, we would have bet just about anything in saying that Google would never again release a Verizon Nexus device, but it looks as though that time may be here again. There is a new leak of the rumored Motorola Shamu that claims the device is running on Verizon, but the leak is making us question whether the new phone is even part of the Nexus line.

It looks as though TKTechNews has gotten its hands on a device labeled the Moto S, and has leaked a bit of info on the device. The most believable info so far is the build.prop info pulled by Antutu, which shows the Shamu codename. In general, build.prop files can be fairly easy to fake, but to do so requires root, and this one claims it is from a device that hasn't been rooted. The file also shows the Moto S as an absolute whale of a phone with a 2K display (1440x2560), a Snapdragon 805 CPU with the Adreno 420 GPU, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and
Moto S (Shamu) may not be a Nexus, but an Android Silver device for Verizon
a 2.1-megapixel front camera. The screen protector for the device also appears to have spots cut out for front stereo speakers, similar to those we saw on the recent Moto X+1 front panel leak

These specs closely match another recent specs leak of the Moto Shamu. The only differences are that the other leak said the device had 3GB of RAM, and a 12-megapixel rear camera, not 13. One oddity in this is that while TKTech says the device is 5.9-inches like the other rumors have stated, but the build.prop claims a DPI of 640; and, given the resolution listed, that would mean the display is only about 4.6-inches. However, we've been told that is an issue that Antutu has with 2K displays, and really the device is 5.9-inches with a DPI of 498. 

The bigger oddity is that when TKTech attempted to verify the IMEI number of the device through Swappa, it came up as valid, but unlisted (which only happens with unreleased devices), but more than that, it was listed as a Verizon device. Given the history of the Nexus line and Verizon, this is making us thing that the Moto S isn't actually a Nexus device. This may actually be one of the first Android Silver devices. That would still mean stock Android and service from Google, but it also could mean that the Moto S is a Verizon exclusive. We don't yet know how device exclusivity will work with the Android Silver program. 


source: TKTechNews 1 & 2

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posted on 16 Aug 2014, 08:32 7

1. uzimafioso (Posts: 103; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Well silver or nexus, the concept remains the same...

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 09:04 7

6. hurrycanger (Posts: 1232; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


and it better not be Verizon exclusive...

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 13:49 1

46. JC557 (Posts: 1149; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Labeled the Droid S or Droid Silver... though Moto S/ Silver works just as well but I agree this should not be a total exclusive.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 13:53 3

49. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Sorry, but VZW exclusive is not a problem for me. This just might replace my Maxx.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 08:28

74. Jmerithew87 (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


I'm far from an expert, but my assumption would be that this is a Verizon variant of a model that will hit AT&T, Sprint and hopefully T-Mobile (they didn't sell the X, but from what I've heard they could be interested in selling future Motorola device). My reasoning is that if this was a VZW exclusive, they would go with the "Droid" branding over "Moto". Motorola is the sole user of the Droid brand these days, so it would make sense for them to prop that up if we were only going to see it on Verizon.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 13:18

42. motocraze (Posts: 5; Member since: 07 Aug 2014)


I wonder if it'll be priced accordingly to google standards. Or better yet, I'll buy it straight from google. Then again, it might not be Verizon certified. lol

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 15:24

52. Synack (Posts: 668; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Looks great except for this retardedly oversized phone part. 5.9" is just way too big. I'm not willing to accept anything bigger than my Galaxy S5 for size, maybe a smidge but not 5.9.....

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 23:44 2

63. Mobilephile (Posts: 84; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


One that is not open to progress will never change, learn, and evolve

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 08:36 9

2. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3579; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I hope not. We demand a Moto Nexus!

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 08:44 8

3. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Well said

Htc Samsung Lg have tried, its time for Motorola and Sony

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 09:12 3

9. uzimafioso (Posts: 103; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Well i gotta give it to Moto, they've got the display sizes right to my taste. 720p is best at 4.5" and 4.7", 1080p at 5.2" and 2k at 5.9". Although i don't know what to tell em for a 5" G+1 if it comes to that, but it would be great if they have 4 devices, a 4.3" E, a 4.7" G, a 5.2" X and a 5.9" S or Nexus or whatever they name it...

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 13:52 1

48. JC557 (Posts: 1149; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Isn't Silver supposed to be a branch off of Nexus anyway focused on higher end? If so then I'd have no problem with it.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 08:51 2

4. dil2abu (Posts: 201; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I need Sony Nexus..

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 09:03

5. Orion78 (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


My guess is that Verizon will get this moto s and the rest gets the Nexus 6. Whatever the case.. either one of these phones will be my next.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 09:06 1

7. YourNickname (Posts: 123; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Heres to hoping the "Moto S" is just another crappy verizon neutered exclusive.

If Nexus 6 was verizon exclusive, goodbye Nexus 6 :*(

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 11:32

37. Commentator (Posts: 2467; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I'm sure it will also be available on the Play Store, if nowhere else.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 09:09 1

8. tedkord (Posts: 5105; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


This could be bad news for people wanting the next Nexus on Verizon. If Verizon is getting a separate device, it's probably loaded up with Verizon crap and locked down tight. Plus, updates might have to go through them.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 10:27

26. Locutus (unregistered)


Hey, is this Ted from BGR??

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 11:15 1

35. tedkord (Posts: 5105; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yeah, but I'm trying to cut back.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 10:45

30. wyrishman (Posts: 33; Member since: 11 May 2014)


I have the Droid MAXX and it is pretty dang close to Nexus as far as onboard apps go. Verizon apps were limited to the minimum - MyVZW and NFL Mobile are the only two "Verizon" apps I recall being preinstalled. Fortunately, my updates haven't been delayed either. I'm hopeful for this Moto S to be the new flagship and take place of my MAXX!

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 16:03

79. creator78 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


If this is indeed an android silver phone, bloatware has to be minimal, and also has to be removable under the program. Also Google will handle all updates. Here is hoping it is indeed in the silver program.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 09:14

10. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2056; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Maybe a Motorola DROID S for Verizon?

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 09:20 3

11. bdclark (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Ah, the Verizon Moto S. Ships with Android L, gets Android M as soon as Android N is released.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 09:30

12. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2056; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


#JustAndroidThings

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 09:41 4

13. hurrycanger (Posts: 1232; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Good thing though, Jellybean can already get everything done. ;)

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 10:48

32. garlic456 (Posts: 193; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


I'm pretty sure that I saw a Xposed module that disables apps to detect root.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 19:04

80. scotty (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Dec 2011)


Root Cloak.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 12:48

38. na7noo7 (Posts: 269; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Verizon? *goes SSJ*

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 12:54

41. nathan.carter (Posts: 353; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


So you guys understand me now right? HTC is making the next nexus phone. You all will see the new HTC nexus One become reality. because google wont name the phone nexus 6,7 etc. because thats crossing into tablet territoty. the name shamu, the meaning of the name has m8 in the meanig. look it up. HTC NEXUS ONE......

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 13:30

43. .KRATOS. (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Hope it'll have an international version.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 13:38

44. nathan.carter (Posts: 353; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


knowing moto, they will.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 13:48

45. ThePython (Posts: 363; Member since: 08 May 2013)


So they're going full Sony when it comes to naming... 4 down, 22 to go.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 14:20

50. TechEnthu (Posts: 19; Member since: 08 May 2013)


5.9 is too huge... I wish it to be 5.5... I would love if it would not be so huge

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 15:24

53. fzacek (Posts: 2081; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Fake. There's no way Motorola would go from a 720p flagship to a 1440p flagship. Perhaps they are overcompensating for last year's failure?...

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 18:36

58. ThePython (Posts: 363; Member since: 08 May 2013)


I fail to see how the Moto X was a failure in the specs department...

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 20:53 1

60. fzacek (Posts: 2081; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


720p was not good enough for the price they were asking at launch. That's why they had to lower its price considerably...

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 18:59

59. Jguard (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Aug 2011)


This makes sense because the nexus 6 will have a 64 bit soc, just have no idea which one. One of the main advantages of android L is 64 bit so there is no way Google will use a soc that doesn't support it.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 08:46

76. astarling10 (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 May 2014)


Carrier exclusive devices are annoying. Hopefully this one will be on more than just Verizon.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 09:00

77. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3579; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


.....

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 02:27

81. Chuck007 (Posts: 263; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Holy necro please remove this post

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