Google's upcoming next-generation device dubbed as Nexus 6 has come to life again after a lull with one of its executives confirming that the company has not scrapped the Nexus line though several reports suggested that it has made way for a new product line called Android Silver.
Google has not announced the release date of Nexus 6 but it is expected to see the light of the day in the fourth quarter of 2014. Vice President of the company, Sundar Pichai had said at the Mobile World Congress 2014 (MWC 2014) that the device would be announced in October.
Expectations on the new product are going to be big following good feedback its predecessor, Nexus 5 received. It may come with several upgrades but gadget lovers may still complain if it fails to solve a few small issues that users face everyday.
Here are five features that users might want in Nexus 6:
1) Better Battery Life: One aspect of smartphone that seems to disappoint users the most is its battery. Nexus 5 has a non-removable Li-Po 2,300 mAh battery that lasts upto 17 hours (talk time) but that's not enough for most of the users. Gadget lovers, who have been waiting for the release of Nexus 6, may expect a 3,000 mAh battery.
2) Camera: Nexus 5 has a 8MP camera, which is the same as its counterpart Apple's iPhone 5S but lower than Samsung Galaxy S4's 13MP camera. With Samsung's flagship smartphone, Galaxy S5 having a 16MP camera and Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 expected to upgrade it, prospective buyers of Nexus 6 may expect camera with more pixel, or at least a few features that will enhance image quality.
3) MicroSD Support: The Nexus One has MicroSD slot but Google scrapped it in its other products from Nexus line. Some may argue that the inbuilt memory is enough but there are people who want MicroSD slot to store more information.
4) Display: With big screen smartphones becoming sort of a fashion today, many may like to see Nexus 6 lead the pack but some will like it to remain a device that can be comfortably held by a single hand. It is reported that the new device may sport a 5.2-inch display, as against 4.95-inch display seen in its predecessor Nexus 5. Maybe gadget lovers will be happy with a 5-inch display.
5) RAM: Nexus 5 has 2GB RAM but users may want more. Propective buyers of Nexus 6 will be happy if it comes with 3GB RAM as reported in several sections of the media.
According to Taiwan's Economic Daily, Nexus 6 is expected to be powered by MediaTek 64-bit SoC processor. However, G4Games reported that the device would be powered by either a "quad-core MT6732 64-bit chip that clocked at 1.5GHz, or the octa-core MT6752 SoC running at a frequency of 2.0GHz."
The device may sport a 5.2-inch full HD curved LCD display, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and packed with 3GB RAM. It may feature a 20MP camera with HDR mode, contradicting other reports that it would have a 13MP main camera and a 5MP front snapper, according to Tech Cocktail.
Nexus 6 Release Date
After weeks of speculation that Google had decided to kill its Nexus series to make way for Android Silver, and @evleaks tweeting "There is no Nexus 6. Farewell, Nexus" on its page, Dan Rowinski of ReadWrite wrote a few days ago that Google will unveil its new device belonging to Nexus series later this year along with the new version Android L.
In an interview to ReadWrite, Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering and the Nexus program at Google, has rubbished reports that the search giant has killed its nexus series. He put an end to all rumors by saying, "We're building a Nexus device and we're building the open source code."