Wall Street Journal: Nexus 6 to release this month

Google logoThere are tons of rumors swirling around about the release date of the next Nexus phone, but one of the few reliable sources out there, The Wall Street Journal, says that the device is due out "this month."

The Journal doesn't seem to take much stock in the name "Nexus 6," as it only refers to the device by its codename, "Shamu." The device is expected to be a Motorola-built 5.9-inch phablet that shares a lot with the 2014 Moto X. We've even seen pictures of something matching that description and running a never-before-seen build of Android L.

In the less-reliable category: there have been a few murmurs that say October 15 is the magical day—one day before Apple's iPad/Yosemite launch. Of course, this time last year, various rumors pegged the Nexus 5 launch for nearly every day on the calendar. Last year, we saw articles claiming Nexus day was October 14, October 15, October 18, October 21, October 24, October 28, October 30, October 31, November 1, and November 14. Eventually it ended up being October 31—Halloween.

Google Nexus 6

Every year, speculation about when the new Nexus device will be out runs rampant, and figuring out what to believe is tough because Google doesn't have much of a reliable release pattern. The Galaxy Nexus launched in 2011 with a big press event in Hong Kong. It was originally scheduled for October 11, but it was delayed until October 19 following the death of Steve Jobs. In 2012, the Nexus 4 launch was initially planned with an event in New York, but that was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Last year, there was a very small event on the west coast, but mostly the Nexus 5 was just quietly released to the Play Store.

We haven't heard anything about a press event, so for right now we're not believing anything other than "October." We'll keep our eyes peeled.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Android, Google, smartphones

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