Google could launch two Nexus smartphones this year

Google could launch two Nexus smartphones this year
There has been a lot of info flying around about the Nexus X and the Moto S, which by all accounts are almost the same device with slightly different software and maybe different cameras. Last week, we learned that there were two Moto S devices in testing, and it turns out that could also mean that Google will release two Nexus smartphones this year.

As we learned, there is a 5.9-inch Moto S and a 5.2-inch model in testing and which one we see released will depend on the public reaction to the Moto X+1. According to a source close to the supply chain, Google may be cleaning up the unused devices. The main Nexus X is already set to be 5.9-inches, as we've stated before. But, word has it that if Motorola releases the 5.9-inch Moto S, Google may repurpose the 5.2-inch Moto S units as a second Nexus device. 

This would explain why we have been seeing leaks here and there for a 5.2-inch Nexus, but far more leaks regarding a 5.9-inch Nexus X. So, come Halloween, we may suddenly see two Nexus smartphones and the new Nexus 8.9 tablet released into the Google Play Store. No doubt, we'll get more info as we get closer to that time, but this is definitely something to keep an eye on. 

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Nexus 6
  • Display 6.0 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
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  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 3220 mAh
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat



23. Bedz81

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 30, 2012

I want the Moto S @ 5.9 if it has SD slot, expecially if they keep within the same size at the LG G Pro 2 (159mm) LG missed the boat not releasing that in EU and US not Motorola will come in and take over. I lay in wait....

25. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

A 5.9" device is easily big enough for two SD slots so you can run your external storage as a RAID 0 or 1 array :)

30. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

sounds like youre dealing with a desktop. never heard of that being done with a smartphone

22. Ninja2loco

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Come to Verizon...please!!!! Also allow us to put a SD Card in the phone...then I would totally get this phone...

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I hope so, 5.9 is just too big. Although we are not out of the woods yet if this is a rushed leftover scraps device, the 5.9 inch could be a flagship and this one mid range.

18. chuongster

Posts: 33; Member since: May 13, 2012

OMG i can't wait for this.

17. Totse2k15

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

The more, the better. More choice.

13. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

I don't know, my guts tell me it's the other way around (5.2 Nexus is the one in development), but Michael seems so sure of his source.

5. LoveHater

Posts: 235; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

"" But, word has it that if Motorola releases the 5.9-inch Moto S, Google may repurpose the 5.2-inch Moto S units as a second Nexus device." LOL ,, things don't go according to anyone which is with Google.... Google is MAMA and GRANDPA of all

4. Orion78

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I'm all for this if true. Make all customers happy. Of course I'm going for the 5.9. :)

2. register unregistered

I want 5-5.2 inch nexus.

12. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

with decent battery and 1080p

14. tyger11

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What you want is called the 'Nexus 5'. :)

21. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

decent battery ??

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I think you may be right. One 32bit an one 64bit. Imo.

3. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Nexus Smartphone 5.2" Nexus Phablet 5.9" Nexus Tablet 8.9" Wow Q4 is going to awesome...

7. jove39

Posts: 2154; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

most likely.

16. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I hope it retains the front facing speakers from the Moto leaks. And i also hope they don't cut corners to make it.

20. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014


6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I really hope these Nexus' BOTH come out for Verizon Wireless. Man do we need a Nexus device. I might buy the 5.9 inch Nexus X over a Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition. I really just might if Verizon were to drop it.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Don't be ridiculous. Verizon can't abide a phone it doesn't own the updates on (unless it's an iPhone.) We should have all learned from the GNex that Verizon and Nexus are mutually incompatible.

9. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Just another reason I'm happily leaving Verizon next week. Tmobile at my house (in Indiana, mind you, not NYC or Chicago) is 33Mbps down 10+ up. If I travel, there are such mind blowing apps as offline maps. I have more than enough movies, music, and shows offline to supply my habit.

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am sorry but a phone will never make me leave Verizon. No phone is worth the crappy T-Mobile service.

15. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

have fun going offline, I'll be online in an underground cave.

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I kindly disagree. They did it once. I had the Galaxy Nexus when it came out for Verizon & the updates were typically about 2 to 3 weeks behind Google's. To me that's not bad at all. OEM's take months to half a year or more to update to the current OS. It REALLY wasn't that bad at all. The incompatibility is a myth. If the Apple & the iPhone can do it, Google & the Nexus can also. Money RULES all decisions.

24. theguyinbox

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

What're you smoking? Jelly bean was on nexus devices in November and didn't make it to the Verizon gnex until March, a full 4 months later.

27. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Isn't the Verizon Galaxy Nexus still waiting on 4.3? I'm pretty sure Verizon commented on the update back in December and said it was coming, but there's still no sign of it. It's been more than a year since the release of 4.3. That's ridiculous. Our only hope is Android Silver. The Nexus will never come to Verizon again, but Android Silver is specifically made for faster updates on carriers with little to no bloat. 2015 can't come fast enough.

28. tokuzumi

Posts: 2034; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The Verizon Galaxy Nexus is still waiting for the 4.3 update. The 4.2.2 update came at least 6 months after the GSM version came out. "2 to 3 weeks behind" is nowhere near an accurate statement. You are either looking through rose colored glasses, or you never owned a Galaxy Nexus.

29. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

As one that owned a G'nex. This is 100% accurate.

26. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Any and all WP receive updates via Microsoft least my 928 did

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