Is there a Motorola Nexus 5 coming next quarter?

Is there a Motorola Nexus 5 coming next quarter?
The success of Motorola and Google to create the highly publicized Motorola Moto X might have convinced Google that its wholly owned subsidiary is up to the task of producing the next Nexus handset. Taylor Wimberly, who has been close to Motorola, posted on his Google+ page on Thursday the news that the Motorola Nexus 5 will be launched in the fourth quarter. Wimberly makes it clear that this is not the Motorola Moto X.

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.


source: Google+ via AndroidCommunity, SlashGear

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88 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Do it.

4. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 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: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

7. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 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: May 21, 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: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Hey may be an international guy who had to pay the full price not the google subsidy.

55. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 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: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Disagree 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: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

or maybe,just maybe it will be the Nokia Nexus 5

30. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 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: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

2. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

YESS NEXUS 5!!!! AND FROM MOTOROLA!

18. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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: Jun 08, 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: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COG8-ok3Jv8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

56. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I do. 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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 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: 29; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

What was the point of Moto X then? Wouldn't the release of Motorola Nexus 5 just kill Moto X?

17. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

are you complaining?

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