Google is all set to release its next flagship Android smartphone later in October. According to reports obtained from reliable sources, the upcoming phone will be an extra-large phablet featuring a 5.9-inch display. Those reports also suggest that this new device will be manufactured by Motorola under Google’s old brand Nexus. Google will, however, be selling the big phone directly to customers through its Play Store; you will also get to buy the phone from stores selling mobile phones and other online and offline retailers.
The upcoming Android smartphone, which will probably be referred to as the Nexus 6, is the next release by Google in this segment after it launched the 5-inch Nexus 5 phone last year in October. The Nexus 5 is one of the most popular devices to be ever launched by Google.
Experts feel that Google has decided to give the Nexus 6 a bigger screen as it wants to enter the phablet market. This decision is taken by the Mountain View-based tech firm keeping in mind the growing popularity of tablets or smartphones boasting screens larger than 5.5 inches. Recently obtained statistics shows that particularly there has been a significant increase in the number of people using phablets in Asia; the number of phablet users is also growing rapidly in the US and Europe.
The Nexus 6 will be the first device of this line to be manufactured by Motorola, a company Google will soon be selling to the Chinese multinational computer technology company Lenovo. Nexus devices (these include both smartphones and tablets) launched to date have been manufactured by Samsung, Asus, HTC and LG. The last two smartphone models launched by Google the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, both of which enjoyed significant popularity globally, were manufactured by LG.
According to data presented by research and analysis firm Canalys, as much as 33% of all 279.4 million smartphones shipped in the first quarter of this year had displays bigger than 5 inches. In Europe, around 27% of all phones shipped during this phase had screens bigger than 5 inches. This clearly shows that a large share of present generation users is fond of phones with bigger displays.
Before Google, almost all top phone makers have launched phablets. Samsung entered this segment way back in 2011 by launching the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note; it has been followed by a number of Galaxy Note models with large screens. LG has also marketed its own range of phablets while Apple became a part of the phablet industry by launching the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus in September.