The Nexus 5 arrived in the second half of 2013, continuing the brand's mantra of high specs, low cost and a pure version of Android.
We're well into 2014, so our thoughts have been with Google's next iteration of Nexus device for some time now, with the Nexus 6 (codenamed Shamu) rumored to make an appearance very soon.
There has been talk about Google's new Android Silver program, where the search engine is apparently turning to key smartphone manufacturers and offering resources to make high-end devices in collaboration with Google.
Some are suggesting that this could be the death of the Nexus line, with @evleaks claiming: "There is no Nexus 6. Farewell, Nexus. Don't worry, there's a silver lining to this cloud... Android Silver, circa February 2015."
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But don't worry Nexus fans, as Android's head of engineering Dave Burke has confirmed the brand is still 'invested in Nexus'. If anything it's Android Silver which is now on the rocks.
Mentions of the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 8 tablet have also been spied by eagle eyed devs and numerous images and leaks have begun appearing - giving us more hope the Nexus 6 is on the cards.
Mobile carrier T-Mobile has also dropped a hint that it was working on bringing Wi-Fi calling, a feature available in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to the Nexus 6. Here's everything we've heard so far.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Google's sixth iteration of its affordable Nexus line
- When is it out? Possibly October 15/16, very soon!
- What will it cost? It's likely to start around $349, £300, AU$400
Nexus 6 release date and price
The Nexus 5 was announced on October 31 2013, hitting stores in November of the same year and we're expecting the Nexus 6 (aka Shamu) to arrive around the same time in 2014.
In fact we might be able to get a bit more specific than that as Android L is reportedly arriving on October 15 or 16 and the Nexus 6 may land alongside the heavily rumored Nexus 9 tablet.
In fact the Wall Street Journal reports that three separate sources has confirmed that the Nexus 6 release date is pegged for sometime in October - so there's not long to go.
Considering the Nexus 5 launched at $349 / £299 for the 16GB model we'd imagine the Nexus 6 will inherit a similar pricing structure, although if it's rocking some serious tech it may come in slightly more expensive.
Nexus 6 operating system
The Nexus 6 could be the first device to run the next version of Google's operating system, which we now know to be Android L, after it was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, though its final name isn't known.
At first it was thought likely to be Android Lollipop due to Google's lollipop-topped birthday cake. New hints dropped by Giovanni Calabrese now point to Android Liquorice being a likely candidate.
He's likely to have a good idea of Android L's new moniker being the guy who designed the huge Android sculptures for Google's headquarters.
When Google launches a new major version of its software it usually offers up some hardware too.
The Nexus 5 ushered in the arrival of Android KitKat and the Nexus 6 seems the sensible option for the next installment, although there's always a chance that'll we'll see the Google Nexus 10 (2014), the Nexus 9 or an updated Nexus 7 slate instead.
Nexus 6 manufacturer
While the Nexus range of smartphones may generally carry the search giant's name, the reality is Google doesn't actually build the devices. Instead it leaves it to the professionals, with HTC, Samsung and LG all producing Nexus devices in the past.
The most recent two (the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5) were both made by LG and it's most people's understanding that it's time for Google to shift the gauntlet to someone else. Namely, Motorola.
In fact the Wall Street Journal has spoken to sources who have seemingly 'confirmed' that we'll be saying "Hello Moto" when the Nexus 6 is launched hopefully some time this month.
Nexus 6 design
Korean manufacturer LG was originally being hotly tipped for a third term as Google's Nexus smartphone producer, and as the Nexus 5 bore resemblances to last year's LG G2 it was no surprise to learn that some reckoned the Nexus 6 would apparently be based on the LG G3.
That's all been called into question as LG has denied any involvement in the Nexus 6 and Motorola is now front runner for the Nexus 6 instead, with reports of a handset codenamed "Shamu" doing the rounds.
We may have caught our first glimpse of the Nexus 6 a while back, as the Android Twitter account tweeted a photo featuring an unidentified Nexus handset.
The phone wasn't the focus of the photo, so it's possible that it's just a generic mock-up, but that then begs the question of why they wouldn't just use a Nexus 5 for it.
Either way there's not much to take away from it, all we can tell is that it's a black rectangle with curved corners, large bezels above and below the screen and small ones at the side. There's no sign of any buttons on it, which could mean they've been moved to the back, on the other hand they could just be flush with the edges or hidden by the fingers.
Another picture has since popped up, this time a mock-up created by 9to5Google, apparently based on the actual Nexus 6. As you can see it looks a lot like the new Moto X, complete with an aluminium frame, a dimple in the back and a similar camera design, though the Nexus 6 is supposedly bigger and the volume and lock buttons are in a slightly different position.
Just after that mock-up arrived we saw a leaked image of what might be the real deal. It's snapped alongside an LG G3, highlighting its intimidating proportions and it certainly looks convincing, though it's always possible that it's a prototype.
This new picture also matches the earlier mock-up, showing a very Moto X like design.
Another image, this time supposedly showing the Nexus 6's 'About Phone' screen, has also emerged. Though the details mention 'Shamu' rather than the Nexus 6 specifically it's likely that this is a Nexus handset as it's running Android L with a very recent kernel version.
Another mock-up has also been created, this time by Android Police and again it looks a lot like what we've seen before, though the site adds that it will have front-facing stereo speakers and an aluminium frame.
The Nexus 6 has been spotted in the wild too, as you can see from these photos which were sent to Android Police. While this may not be a Nexus 6 there are a lot of clues to suggest that it is. Most obviously the navigation buttons match what we've seen from Android L.
But you can also see front-facing speakers and that the power and volume buttons are half way down the right side, both of which are rumoured design elements of the Nexus 6. It looks large too and could believably be 5.9 inches as the Nexus 6 is rumored to be.