It looks like Motorola's in for a busy few months. The company's second-generation Moto X is now shipping, and recent leaks suggest the next smartphone in Verizon's Droid line is also on the way. But according to 9to5Google, there's something even bigger in the works. Way bigger. Motorola is said to be preparing a device codenamed "Shamu" that will serve as Google's next Nexus phone. From what the site has learned, it's basically a super-sized, more powerful version of the Moto X. The exact name of Google's next Android flagship isn't yet clear; some expect it to be called the Nexus 6, a reference to the device's rumored (and utterly massive) 5.92-inch screen. Other reports claim it will be known as the Nexus X.
An enormous, more powerful Moto X
There've been no photos of the upcoming Nexus yet, but 9to5Google seems to have a good idea of what it'll look like. "As for the overall appearance of the device, it’s basically going to be a scaled up 2nd generation Moto X with some minor tweaks to make the larger size easier to use," the report says. It'll have the same fantastic aluminum frame, and Motorola has apparently moved the phone's lock and volume buttons down to make them more reachable. In terms of hardware, Motorola is apparently going for broke, packing a QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, and 3GB of RAM into its Nexus phablet. The camera is said to house a 12-megapixel sensor, and looks nearly identical to what's now on the Moto X, 9to5Google says.
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The new Nexus will be a showcase for Android L, the next major version of Google's mobile operating system. This year, the company is making some major design changes to Android's look and feel, and introducing significant improvements to multitasking and notifications. Presumably Google is getting close to wrapping up work on Android L as we head deeper into the fall, so if the "Nexus 6," is indeed real, hopefully we'll be hearing more on it soon. 9to5Google says the product is likely to launch in November, with an unveiling coming next month. And if what we've outlined here sounds overwhelmingly large, it's worth noting that recent benchmarks have also raised the possibility of Motorola releasing a smaller, 5.2-inch Nexus as well.
Update 9/25/14 11:00AM: Updated to include mention of smaller, 5.2-inch device.