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

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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67 Comments

1. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Motorola + Nexus = $5 off contract

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Motorola + Nexus + Android = Pure 100% Nexus.

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

90% screen to body

44. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

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

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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...

3. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 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

5. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

7. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

The 5" nexus called Nexus 5...

10. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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

43. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 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.

55. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

4. minh831998

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Nexus 6 will be a 6-incher?

8. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

50. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

51. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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.

61. minh831998

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 06, 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

6. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 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.

9. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

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

12. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

38. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 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 :)

39. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 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.

16. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

36. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

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

14. theizzz

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 01, 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!

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I still expect 64bit.

35. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Same here.

17. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 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 :(

18. Kadmspb

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 02, 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...

29. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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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