The Information reports that Motorola is indeed working on a Nexus handset and that, yep, the device is codenamed Shamu. News of the device first cropped up over the weekend, with sources claiming the device would sport a 5.9-inch screen; the newest report corroborates that report, claiming Google tapped Motorola because of its Active Display and always-listening technology. Odd, given Google once owned Motorola.
No other specs were mentioned aside from the 5.9-inch screen. One would imagine it’ll be Full HD, while other internals will likely more closely match the specs of flagship devices currently on the market. Android Police’s report from the weekend said the device would also include a fingerprint scanner. If so, Motorola’s Nexus, which probably won’t launch until later this fall, might wind up being this year’s sleeper hit.
The Information says Nexus devices tend to be reference devices for other OEMs, meaning there’s a possibility Shamu might not ever be available to consumers. Given the technology at stake, Motorola is definitely a prime candidate to make a Nexus device. If we’re to go on what we’ve seen the company accomplish with the Moto X, there’s definite potential. We’re just not so sure about having such a massive 5.9-inch screen.