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February 19, 2014

Google, who will be making the Nexus 6?

Nexus 6_1The tech rumour mill, never sleeps and is forever hungry for news of devices etc, And we see that the it has started cranking up the mill. This time the target in its sights ─ yes you’ve guessed it ─ Google’s next “pure-Android” flagship phone, the Nexus 6.

While rumours of form factor, screen size and hardware specs are beginning to float around the web, one encompassing question has the tech world’s attention ─ namely, who will build the device.
It won’t be Motorola, the conventional wisdom goes, because Google sold it to Chinese PC maker Lenovo for $2.9 billion.

But wait a minute:
While Motorola was busy creating  the Moto X and Moto G, Google was busy selling lots of its Nexus 5 phones — which it didn’t build itself, leaving that task to South Korea’s LG Electronics.

So why not a Lenovo-built Nexus 6? As many web techie’s have said, after all, the Motorola sale left considerable ties between the two companies. Google now has a 6 percent interest in Lenovo, and Lenovo gets access to some ─ but not all ─ of the Motorola patents Google kept for itself.
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Google puts its name on its Nexus phones, but has always subcontracted the actual build of the devices to someone else. Like the Nexus 5, the Nexus 4 ─ also a considerable sales success for Google — came from LG.

Taiwan’s HTC built the first Nexus phone for Google, the Nexus One, while South Korea’s Samsung built the next two, the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus, before LG received the contract, from Google  to carry on the Nexus generations.

A few  rumours ─ have tagged the Nexus 6, whenever it arrives, as another LG effort.

That rumours have been strengthened by LG’s announcement of its next smartphone that will carry its own name, the LG G Pro 2, which could easily morph into the Nexus 6.

That was the case with the LG G2, which with a few differences was more or less a twin of the Nexus 5, something noted by many tech watchers when both showed up on the market.

If the G Pro 2 is in fact LG’s trial run at a Nexus 6, the Google unit could feature an octa-core 2.4Ghz processor or even 3Ghz, 4 GB of RAM, a 5-inch display, a 3,100 mAh battery, and storage options of 64 GB and 128 GB. A fingerprint security sensor, currently all the rage, could also show up.

Still, LG is not a shoo-in as the anointed Nexus 6 maker. If Google goes with Lenovo, it could reach millions of new customers in China and other developing Asian markets. Let’s not forget we don’t know all the in’s and out’s of the Google / Lenovo deal, which the Mexus 6 could be part of.

Three manufacturers have built Nexus phones for Google, proof the search giant has no qualms about looking for a company that’s the best fit at the time of the début of the next generation of its flagship device.
Although it seems to us that Google is just moving around different OEM’s to keep them happy and, on its side.

So the question remains:
LG? Lenovo? A return to Samsung or HTC? Or some dark horse ready to jump on the Google Nexus train?

Until rumours become facts, it’s anyone’s bet.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini