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

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 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



1. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

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

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

and it better not be Verizon exclusive...

46. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

49. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

74. Jmerithew87

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

42. motocraze

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 07, 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

52. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 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.....

63. Mobilephile

Posts: 171; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

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

2. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I hope not. We demand a Moto Nexus!

3. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

9. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 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...

48. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

4. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I need Sony Nexus..

5. Orion78

Posts: 217; Member since: Mar 27, 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.

7. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Heres to hoping the "Moto S" is just another crappy verizon neutered exclusive. If Nexus 6 was verizon exclusive, goodbye Nexus 6 :*(

37. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

8. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

26. Locutus unregistered

Hey, is this Ted from BGR??

35. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, but I'm trying to cut back.

30. wyrishman

Posts: 39; Member since: May 11, 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!

79. creator78

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 17, 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.

10. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Maybe a Motorola DROID S for Verizon?

11. bdclark

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

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

12. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012


13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

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

32. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

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

80. scotty

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

Root Cloak.

38. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Verizon? *goes SSJ*

41. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 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......

43. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Hope it'll have an international version.

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