It all began with a Twitter post by the Android team. The post about the convenience of shopping with a Nexus, featured a Nexus phone. It unintentionally became the focus of the tweet, when tech optimists started considering it as a sneak peek to the much rumored Nexus 6.
Since the Nexus 5 is already six months old, optimists believe the smartphone pictured must be the Google Nexus 6.
The Nexus 5 arrived in the second half of 2013 and Nexus fans just can’t wait for the next iteration to the Nexus device, although the Nexus 6 may merely be a mirage, the tweeted photo being just a “generic mockup” of a Nexus phone, just like the device shown at the official Google I/O 2014 website.
Google’s new Android Silver program is apparently turning to key smartphone manufacturers and offering resources to make high-end devices in collaboration with Google. Some are even suggesting that the Nexus line has ended .
As yet, the only word from Google about the Nexus 6’s possible release dates is from the senior vice president, Sundar Pichai, who said that it would not launch in the first half of 2014 – adding more weight to the possibility of a Q4 2014 launch.
There is a remote possibility that Google could unveil the Nexus 6 at Google I/O in June but we expect to see the device in October or November realistically.
As for the pricing, the Nexus 6 is likely to start around $349, £300, considering that the Nexus 5 launched at $349, £299 for the 16GB model.
Google is expected to include a 64-bit processor and some sort of a fingerprint sensor/scanner on board the Nexus 6, to bring it in-line with the iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5. It’s likely that Google will announce a new version of Android at I/O, whether it’s 4.5 or 5.0, which Nexus 6 may run on.
Following the general trend of a side by side hardware and software launch, we can predict that the Nexus 6 may partner the launch of the Android “Lollipop”, just as Nexus 5 ushered in the arrival of Android KitKat. However, this will be sidetracked if Google Nexus 10 or an updated Nexus 7 slate makes its debut first.
The Nexus 6 is expected to be built by LG. Rumor also suggests that the Nexus 6 will be largely built on the designs of the 2014 LG flagship smartphone the LG G3, just like the Nexus 5 resembled the LG G2.
It is also suggested that the Nexus 6 will sport a 5.5-inch QHD display, 1440 x 2560 resolution (534ppi), Octa-core MediaTek processor and will be IP67-certified dust-proof and water-resistant.