Is Google teaming with Motorola to bring a new Nexus to market?
The last few weeks have been busy for Google, with the announcement that it is going to be releasing all future operating systems at an earlier date to developers, to allow for a more seamless rollout on devices not manufactured by itself, and the news it is going to be bringing to market a new range of budget phones called Android One.
And now it seems it is ready to take another bold leap, if rumours are to be believed. For the past few years, Google's own Nexus range of smartphones has been built by Samsung, but popular blog Android Police said this is all about to change, with Motorola allegedly stepping in for the next generation of Nexus handsets.
The blog claims to have received news from insiders at Google that confirms the arrival of a 5.9-inch handset later this year. Believed to be the much rumoured Nexus 6, the device is apparently codenamed Shamu, and is scheduled for release in November this year.
Despite claiming the existence of the phone, the blog had very little in the way of actual specs to hand out. It said that it believes the phone will come packing a fingerprint sensor and is thought to be a major competitor for the iPhone 6, which we are expecting to see released at some point in late September or early October.
Could this also be the first phone that will arrive on the market with the new Android L as standard? Google first announced its existence at its I/O event last month, so it would certainly make sense that one of the first devices to be unveiled after this be the one that brings the new operating system to the fore.
It remains to be seen what Shamu will actually be, and whether indeed Motorola will be the new manufacturer for Nexus devices, but if it is, then we expect Google to become an exciting competitor once in the hardware world as well as being the king of software.