New purported blurrycam images of Shamu, the Motorola built Nexus show up, reveal little

New purported blurrycam images of Shamu, the Motorola built Nexus show up, reveal little
Whether by deliberate effort or circumstance, we know very little about what could be the next generation of Nexus devices. For a little while, there was doubt that the Nexus line of “pure Android” devices would quietly exit, stage right.

For the past few months however, the web has been stirring with rumors of a Motorola built device bound to be the next Nexus, which will likely not be called the Nexus 6 due to copyright and trademark claims related to the movie Blade Runner, and the book it is based upon, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

As far as rumors go however, they have been anything but consistent. One rumor points to a 1080p display, another to a Quad HD 1440p resolution panel. The screen might be 5.2-inches, or it might be 5.92-inches. Where rumors have been unified is the expected processing power, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC and a beefy GPU.

Then there are these images that popped up in the discussion thread on Droid Life which sourced the recent photo of a large Motorola device parked next to an LG G3. These dark, fuzzy, and blurry (of course) pictures, are purportedly the front of the Motorola device destined to be the next Nexus. The original is just plain dark, but with an easily readable “About” screen for the device. Then someone else took that picture and adjusted the levels to see what else might be visible.

If the image is accurate (and authentic), the Motorola code-ring logo is visible in the top left, and you can tell a bit by the disposition of the hand that it shares some amount of phablet dimension. It is difficult to make an accurate assessment of actual size because hand sizes are as varied as the size of anything else, on anyone else, so make your own judgment.

sources: Droid Life via Android Police



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I was thinking of trading my N4 for an N6.. but I'm not going massive tablet. If I wanted that, I would have gotten a Note already. Hopefully the rumors of 2 new Nexus devices are true.

2. maherk

Posts: 7049; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Massive tablet? Lol I am pretty sure uou meant small tablet(which they are not imo), but still massive tablets are still very rare to be found.

3. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

He's going for the 12.9 inch notepro

5. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Or maybe the iPad Pro next year?

4. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Competition for the note. I hope it comes with a stylus. I dont see nexus. its just the L prevew. nothing more.

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

See post 8 below.

6. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"which will likely not be called the Nexus 6 due to copyright and trademark claims related to the movie Blade Runner, and the book it is based upon, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. " Interesting. Is this the same ppl who already sued back when the original nexus came out? Also lol at my post with the warning of containing "sheep" being offensive! Lame. No warning for fandroid!

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I've ran into that as well. I'm sure they have a BS reason why "$heep" is offensive but fandroid isn't. And I just got the same warning when I went to post. Unf#%king believable. No bias there is there PA? And they never responded when I messaged them about it a while back. So what say you PA? Why is fandroid OK to use but $heep isn't? If we were referring to the android site, that's spelled Phandroid, not fandroid. But hey, I'm sure you have legitimate reasons for letting one slide and clamping down on the other, even though the only people who use fandroid spelled that way are using it in a derogatory manner. Maybe we should start referring to PA as PAss from now on.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's what I thought. Almost a full day later and not a peep out of them. Ignoring the issue isn't a solution PA.

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's interesting that you say this leak doesn't reveal much. Per AndroidPolice, "The device is also apparently running an AOSP build of L, and while the baseband is unknown, we can see that it is still running a Google-made kernel built in Mountain View (​, though it's almost two months newer than the version Shamu was running when we first reported on it (that kernel was built in early July, while this one is from late August). The kernel is an important thing to note here - while the photo itself doesn't reveal much about the device, we know that Shamu has received an updated kernel built directly by Google, strongly suggesting the device will be a Google product. With the GPE program withering on the vine, we can largely discount the notion of Shamu being a Play Edition device, and with a discreet device (Quark) coming from Motorola with matching specs, the evidence is still hinting at Shamu's Nexus status, unless by some chance this phone becomes another scrapped Nexus. But of course, we can't possibly be certain just yet." So that certainly points to it being a Nexus device, and not just a Motorola one. Link below.

15. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

It is just a motorola device. The kernel build just reveals that google is still testing devices and testing builds of android L. You forget that Motorola mobility is the only google company that has had stock android and has always been. Nexus Is everything android silver wants to be. Different manufacturers building a device to google's standards. There's no need for motorola to build a device to google's standards (because it is google's standard) and thats the key difference in this popourted device. why slap nexus on a motorola when in all reality its been the nexus..... Nexus is being built by a different manufacturer other than Motorola. Next in line is who? I'll let you figure that one out.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

First, why would they use the Motorola phone to test Android L, even though it's close to stock, when they have a completely stock device in their new Nexus model? That makes no sense. They have a close to stock, but they aren't stock. Otherwise why did Motorola have a GPE Moto G? A nexus is completely and utterly stock Google Android. The only reason everyone assumes that Motorola is getting special treatment from Google is their fast updates as of late, but that is more due to their nearly stock build of Google Android. And actually, Motorola is the ONLY of the big 4 OEMS to NOT make a Nexus phone. HTC had the Nexus1, Samsung had the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, LG had the Nexus 4 & 5. So technically Motorola would be next in line, unless they went with Sony, but considering they don't have much of a presence in the US, that'd mean Motorola. The only thing close to the Nexus they had was the Xoom that launched Honeycomb, but it never carried the Nexus name.

10. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I think there's going to be two Nexus phones released. A 5.2" flagship based off of the Moto X and a 5.9" phablet based off of the Moto S.

11. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

If that's the case Motorola would best put in a battery larger than what's available for the Moto X 2014. I could see a pretty comfortable 5.2" flagship if they retain the ergonomically curved back and slim side bezels/ edge to edge. The speakers could also use a slight redesign to better match the phone. It wasn't bad on the Moto X 2014 but it could have been better looking or color matched.

12. Deicide

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

These people who do leaks need to take photography 101. It's not that hard to take a decent picture of a phone.

13. S.M.Talha

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

I m confused about its pricing.This is far better than moto x which is priced at $500.So does this mean that it will be priced more than $600?Or they are not gonna care about moto x and price it slightly higher or same as moto x?

14. onthecouchagain

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Google might subsidized like they did with the LG Nexus 5?

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