Google working with Motorola on Nexus 6 phablet


LG has already confirmed that it has not been asked to produce a new Nexus smartphone for Google — and that’s because the search giant has teamed up with Motorola instead, according to a new report. Despite selling Motorola to Lenovo last year, Google has reportedly asked the Moto X maker to build a Nexus 6 “phablet” with a much larger display.

“Motorola is also getting a boost from working on an undisclosed phone-tablet project with Google,” The Information reports, citing “three people with knowledge of the matter.” The co-branded Nexus device is “considered to be a ‘phablet,’ or phone-tablet, because of its large screen size,” the report adds.

The actual size of the handset’s display isn’t mentioned, but according to a recent report from Android Police, it will be around 5.9 inches — 0.9 inches bigger than the Nexus 5’s display and 0.2 inches bigger than the Galaxy Note 3’s. The report also claims that the device is codenamed “Shamu” internally.

The Information adds that Google is interested in adding a number of Motorola features to the device, including Active Display and Touchless Control. Its sources claim that Motorola was chosen to build the handset after it was sold by Google “due to concerns about favoring the house-owned Android vendor over others.”

We still don’t have a release date for the Nexus 6 yet, but the Nexus 5 isn’t a year old until October, so it’s unlikely we’ll hear much about its successor until then.