Moto S may be a timed exclusive for Verizon, Google working to secure Nexus 6 name

Moto S may be a timed exclusive for Verizon, Google working to secure Nexus 6 name
It sounds like there may be a little quid pro quo happening between Motorola and the top two carriers in the U.S.. Motorola has been trying to make everyone happy over the past couple years, giving Verizon exclusive DROID devices, while AT&T has gotten early access to the Moto X. Now, it seems the Moto S could have timed exclusivity as well.

According to sources for TKTechNews, the Moto S could be exclusive on Verizon, but only for a short time. The exclusivity period could be just two months, which would mean the Moto S would launch on AT&T just before Christmas, since the Moto S is expected to launch within the next couple weeks. AT&T just had about two weeks exclusivity on the new Moto X and Moto Maker, so maybe now it is Verizon's turn. Of course, Verizon is also expected to get a trio of new DROID devices soon enough. 

Word has it that the Moto S will not carry the DROID branding, and it will essentially be the same as the Nexus X/6 except for the software. This means the same 5.9-inch 1440x2560 display, Snapdragon 805, 13-megapixel camera, and 2GB of RAM. Supposedly, the only real difference between the Moto S and Nexus, aside from software, will be that the Nexus won't have the Motorola logo in the dimple on the back. 

One small note on the name of the upcoming Nexus: Google has reportedly been aggressively pursuing the license for the name Nexus 6 from the estate of Philip K Dick. Supposedly, a deal has yet to be made, and time is running short, because the new Nexus phone is expected to be released fairly soon. Various rumors have put the release early in October, in mid-October, or around Halloween; so, the best we can say is there will be a new Nexus phone by the end of October. 

source: TKTechNews

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22 Comments

1. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Cant be 2 versions. how much you want to bet the Moto S stays the Moto S?

2. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

One milly-yeeehhnn dollars.

9. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

lol thumbs up to you

3. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And why can't there be 2 versions? Most phones that were Nexus had a similar non nexus model. The Nexus1 and the Droid Incredible, the Nexus S and the Galaxy S2, etc.

11. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

I think you mean nexus 1 and then the htc desire?, the nexus s and then the galaxy s?

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

On Verizon the Droid Incredible was our version of the Nexus1, internally very similar. Otherwise, I think you just contradicted yourself about not having 2 versions.

4. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Verizon gimme a Nexus (lying to myself)

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's like saying Verizon gimme back unlimited data. They wouldn't even do that for a Make-a-Wish kid.

12. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

So heartless. Yet so true.

5. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

I thought it was supposed to have 3gb of RAM? I thought I read that in a few places.

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Don't know about this one, but the Droid Turbo is supposed to have 3GB of RAM.

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the size of these rumored phones is what made me just go with the new Moto X and i'm really loving this phone. it's like falling in love all over again.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Rub it in why don't you! Gosh! I'm sill on the 2013 model. lol Still loving it though.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'm holding out to see if the Droid Turbo is all it's cracked up to be. By God we should get something nice for dealing with all of Verizon's BS. But if it isn't I'll go with the new X.

17. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Reports of battery life being better than the older Moto X but it varies on how much better. What's your battery life like?

21. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it really just gets me through the day with moderate use. i don't even think the battery life is as good as it was on last year's Moto X. i'm sure the L release will fix this though.

22. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

That's not saying much. My 1st generation Moto X battery was horrible, at best. Sorry Moto, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

13. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

C'mon Nexus 6! I've been waiting to get my hands on my Rachel for a while now!!! (Damn... Although, I did tell myself it'd be named Roy Batty if it was a phablet...)

14. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Why SD805? An SD 808 (or SD615 to undercut midrangers) at least would be great especially for marketing. Won't benefit as much from Android L.

18. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I thought the 808 wasn't going to start selling until early next year. Far as I know, the 805 is the high end chip for this year, kind of like the 800 last fall.

19. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

805 has been out in korea for 4 months. Nexus 6 BETTER ship with an 808 or 810. No 64bit chip with the debut of their 64bit OS, and ART is a major fail for google.

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

They can't ship with a chip that's not being mass produced yet. I know we all want the fastest and best there is, but the Nexus phones have always shipped with the best available *now*, not the next generation. http://m.gsmarena.com/devices_with_snapdragon_810_and_808_to_come_in_h1_next_year-news-9782.php

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