Google announced the Nexus 5 on Halloween Day 2013; with a new Halloween coming around the corner in about four months, discussion about the Nexus 6 is starting to heat up.
The problem with this year, unfortunately, is that leakster Elder Murtazin’s prediction about the Nexus line may be coming true. Murtazin said last year that there would be no additional Nexus after the Nexus 5 – that Google would kill the Nexus line in early 2015 (although he didn’t have a name in the works at the time, nor did he know if Google would resurrect a new line or not). With recent information, we’ve come to discover that Google would implement an Android Silver program that would see to it that consumers received faster updates on Android devices – without lots of carrier-specific apps that the more “techie” among us deem “bloatware.” The term “bloatware” is a negative term that we don’t think describes all carrier-specific apps. Some individuals like carrier-specific apps because they don’t have to spend an hour in the Google Play Store looking for something that a carrier can support.
One example of a carrier-specific app concerns Verizon’s Message+ app on the Galaxy S5. It is a text messaging app that allows you to customize your background, fonts and colors, and add some personal glare to your text messaging experience. Google Hangouts offers a nice, clean layout on the Nexus 5, but it sometimes confuses the consumers, and they prefer carrier-specific apps.
As a result, the recent response from LG Communications Director Ken Hong isn’t that surprising. In an interview with Dutch site draadbreuk, Hong said that he “did not know yet” whether or not Google would make a new phone since Google hasn’t yet approached LG about making a Nexus 6. Hong mentioned, “That [Google’s failure to approach] can mean two things, Or I get ignored, or we don’t make him [sic]…If you can develop a Google phone, that gives credibility. But the money you earn isn’t easy. Before you become too dependent on Google.” The Nexus line has become one of the most inexpensive smartphone lines worldwide, with Nexus phones selling in the United States for $350-$450. The phone is also competitive in its pricing worldwide as well.
Evidence for the termination of Google’s famed Nexus smartphone line comes from Twitter leakster Evan Blass (@evleaks), who wrote on his Twitter wall last month that “There is no Nexus 6. Farewell, Nexus,” followed by another post with the statement, “Don’t worry, there’s a silver lining to this cloud…” The word “silver” is the clue, and it points to Android Silver as being just right around the corner. Blass has said that the Android Silver line would launch around February 2015, and, surprisingly, LG is rumored to be the company to create the first Android Silver device. Again, Evleaks also provided information about the first Android Silver device: “LG handset, running a Qualcomm MSM8994, to be among first Silver devices, Successor to the Nexus 6 initiative, expected on Sprint in the US.”
@evleaks’s statements make sense, considering that LG did produce the Nexus 5 in 2013 – and it was made as a Sprint exclusive. Google’s not really a fan of carriers, but the Nexus 5 with its highly-affordable price tag, would find an excellent home with Sprint. It’s no secret that the American carrier has lost quite a few customers due to its slow LTE network (or non-existent, in some places), and the Nexus 5 deal with Google would’ve been a way to regain some customers. The Qualcomm MSM8994 is expected to be the processor chipmaker’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 handset – even more powerful than the currently-reigning 801 and, soon to arrive, the 805 processor chip. Of course, we expect the 805 to arrive by year’s end, so the 810 processor statement here could be a typo (@evleaks did refer to a mistake with the processor chip). It seems, then, that the 805 will rule quad-core processors in 2015, and LG will make the first device.
With this said, we tackle the question: will there be a Nexus 6?
Nexus 6: The origin of the rumor
LG has said it knows nothing about the Nexus 6, but how did the rumor start? Actually, Google is to blame for the spread of the Nexus 6 rumor. XDA Developers detected the existence of a new Nexus 6 within Android code, as can be seen below:
Unfortunately, it seems as though Google later scrapped the idea since the Android Silver rumors started to leak. Google is often one to start something, then abandon it for its own personal reasons. The company did the same thing with the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie nomenclature for the update beyond Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Google decided to change the update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat around the end of 2012, but kept the name under wraps by continuing to use the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie designation.
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Last September, the search engine giant unveiled a KitKat Bugdroid statue – to the confusion of the tech media, who assumed Google would stick with Key Lime Pie as Android’s next dessert. Google recently did this with Motorola Mobility, a company that Mountain View just sold to Lenovo for $3 billion within the last few months.
With Google selling Motorola to Lenovo, it seems that the search engine giant wants to get out of the mobile hardware business (at least phones, anyway). I highly doubt that Google intends to bring a new Nexus smartphone to the masses this year. We’ve also heard rumors that there will be no hardware announcements at Google I/O 2014 later next week – so, it appears as though the Nexus 6 has just been a long-standing rumor that is no longer relevant. Sorry, Nexus fans. LG isn’t making it, but neither is anyone else.