There have been numerous reports suggesting that the so-far-unconfirmed Nexus 6 is on its way soon, including our own exclusive report suggesting the phone will likely be unveiled alongside the Nexus 9 on either October 15th or the 16th. If you’re still skeptical, however, yet another source has chimed in with claims the Nexus 6’ arrival draws near — this time the Wall Street Journal.
According to “three people familiar with the situation” speaking to the WSJ, the 5.9-inch Nexus 6 (aka Shamu) will in fact arrive this month, though they don’t clarify as to the when. Obviously our money is on the 15th or the 16th, only a week away, but we won’t deny that there is a chance this could prove to be the wrong date(s). If the phone really is coming next week, it seems pretty likely it will be through another low-key blog post as opposed to a major event, especially since no invites have gone out just yet.
The Nexus 6's arrival is drawing near, we could see it perhaps as early as next week
The WSJ report doesn’t say a whole lot else about the Nexus 6, other than a few quotes from folks like Ankit Jain, the CEO and founder of mobile start-up Quettra and a former executive at Google Play, who suggests that Google may want to move into the larger phone segment so it doesn’t make the same “mistake Apple made over the last few years by missing out on the demand for larger phones.” Honestly considering the Nexus line has never been about appealing to average consumers and more about providing a great tool for developers and hardcore ‘pure Android’ fans, we doubt that’s Google’s motivation.
So why make a bigger Nexus 6? Unless Google simply wants to see how far it can take the big screen form factor before they reach full tablet size, we imagine they have at least a few unique features in store that will showcase how ‘pure’ Android can provide a solid phablet experience, or at least that’s the hope. There have been whispers about the possibility of a multi-screen function coming to the final release of Android L, and while there haven’t been a whole lot of solid leaks to suggest this will happen — it’d be interesting if it did.
Excited for the Nexus 6 yet? Conversely, do you think Google should continue offering the current Nexus 5 alongside the monster Nexus for those interested in a smaller device?