Motorola Admits Nexus 6 Was Too Big But Google Wanted It Big

When the Nexus 6 was first revealed, the first thing of us, myself included, noticed was the massive screen size. At 6 inches, the phone was a gigantic phablet and exceeded the limits already set by Samsung’s similarly large Note series. While the current market has regular flagships pushing 6 inches as well, Motorola is admitting that it was a mistake at the time.

“I think it was one of those where we were like ‘is [screen size] going to continue to go up?’ I think unfortunately, that was one of the products that was going to be the example of no, it’s not. So now we know.”

Motorola wasn’t alone in the blame though. According to Chief Marketing Officer Adrienne Hayes speaking to techradar, the move to the larger screen size was driven mostly by Google. As we know, Google exerts a lot of control over the Nexus design process, even more so as Motorola was Google-owned back then.

“[Google] wanted the screen size – we could have built it with same display size as the Moto X”

The biggest issue, however, wasn’t the large screen size. After all, the Note series and other equally massive phones have been selling well back  then and now. The problem was that there was no smaller 5-inch alternative, something Google rectified with the simultaneous launch fo the Nexus 6P and 5X. Having picked up the Nexus 5 myself at that point, I would have likely chosen a refreshed 5-inch model instead had it been available. Hopefully, Google will continue to offer more screen size options for the Nexus line in the future.

The Nexus 6 Gets a Huge Price Cut in the UK

Want to upgrade your smartphone and missed the recent price cuts? Well, it may be for the best. Motorola did slash its prices a while ago, making its Moto X up for grabs at £229 for the 16GB version and £269 for the 32GB version. Nexus 6 also saw a slight £80 cut, bringing it down to £399 for the 32GB version and £469 for the 64GB version. But I know it was still too steep, so I don’t think it drew a lot of attention.

The recent price cuts comes from the Google Store, where the Nexus 6 has now hit an all-time low price. You can grab it for £304 for the 32GB model and £379 for the 64 GB model. Now that’s a huge price drop from the previous £479 and £549 price tags it previously had.

The only problem here is that we don’t know if the price cut is temporary or permanent. The safe bet is that if you have the money now, it’s time to clear out your account and buy it before it jumps back to its original price. In my opinion, the flashgrip is really worth it for what it has to offer and with a price tag such as the one above, you will definitely be making a smart investment.

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Google Can Now Choose the Right Smartphone for Your Personalised Needs

It’s hard to se your mind on just one smartphone when you have so many to choose from, isn’t it? The good news is that Google can now do that for you, but of course it will only display its now Android handsets. If an Android phone is what you want to buy, then give Google a chance and let it show you some of its suggestions.

The search giant has just launched a website that allows Android users to choose the best smartphone tailored for their needs. Judging from the website, Google is using its own data processing algorithms to get the best results possible. This means it will ask you a lot of questions, however you may choose to answer only the basic or go deeper and give it more details for a more tailored result.

The initial questions involve how you normally use your phone, namely for taking pictures, calling, texting, using social media or listening to music, and so on. By selecting a feature, the website will take you to another page where it asks how long you are using the latter features for. If you do it right, Google will predict the best results for your needs.

I personally received some pretty neat ones, including the Nexus 6 which I was eyeing for quite some time. So to be fair, it really does lay down some solid results should you wish to use it. However, bear in mind that the website will show phones available only in the US, but you will figure that out yourselves when it asks what mobile carrier you are using.

All in all, you may skip the carrier selection and go straight to the smartphone results. Even if it misses some European or other phones available in specific markets, it does give you a general idea of what you need to choose to best suit your needs. If you want to give it a try, visit the website by clicking here.

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Google Stops Selling Nexus 5 Smartphone

Google’s 2014 flagship Android smartphone, the Nexus 5, has been removed from Google’s online store. The handset, heralded by many as one of the finest Android devices on the market, has been pulled to make space for the upcoming Nexus 6.

The move confirms rumours that emerged last year that Google had ceased production on the phone and that, once the remaining stocks were purchased, it would be “gone”. Google denied the report, saying that “continue to be available for sale on Google Play and through select retailers in Q1 2015.” As it turns out, both statements were true.

According to a Google spokesperson, “while some inventory of Nexus 5 still exists (with our retail and carrier partners), our focus is on the Nexus 6 at this time.” So, the smartphone is still on sale through other retailers and phone networks, but Google’s retirement of the Nexus 5 signals its death knell.

Source: The Verge

Google Is Planning to Release Two New Nexus Smartphones

There is a rumour that Google is planning to release two new Nexus smartphones later this year. More surprising is the fact that the company giant might be working with LG and Huawei, which is an interesting choice of partners.

Huawei is the leading smartphone manufacturer in China, which is also on the rise in terms of popularity around the world. It would make sense for Google to work with Huawei in order to target the rapidly evolving smartphone market in China through one of the most popular brands of smartphones on the Chinese market. Also, by working with LG, Google can easily target a vast consumer market outside China.

The smartphones would most probably be showcased at the Google I/O 2015 event, where Huawei will most likely show how a smartphone can properly make use of the Android 6.0 OS alongside LG and its variant of the handset.

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The Nexus 6 is Now Back in Stock, in All Colour and Storage Options

Motorola has been making as many Nexus 6 smartphones as it can, but it has not been able to keep up with rampant consumer demand. The Nexus 6 has been quite hard to find in most places across the globe, but now it is back in stock in all shapes, colours and sizes in the US right now.

The 32GB and 64GB versions of the Nexus 6 are available in Cloud White and Midnight Blue for $649.99, while the 64GB version sells for $699.99, just $50 more. The stock should sell out quite quickly, as people have been waiting for them for quite a while now, and people are cashed up over the holidays, so prepare to be disappointed.

Source: VR-Zone.

Google’s Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 expected to Launch Tomorrow

Exciting news for Android smart phone and tablet fans – Forbes is reporting that Google’s HTC constructed Nexus 9 and Motorola built Nexus 6 will be launching tomorrow, and are expected to be the first devices running the new Android L operating system.

The tablet – codenamed the HTC Volantis, will be made available for pre-order on the 17th of October – and is said to be going on sale from November the 3rd. Forbes’ source has let loose that Google was originally intending on hosting an official launch event for the device – but decided against such after the company was still hard at work on tweaking and optimising Android L. As such, the Nexus 9 and 6 will be announced through a blog post from Google.

On the specification frontier, the Nexus 9 is expected to be packing Nvidia’s Kepler GPU, an 8.9 inch 2048×1440 display as well as a 64 bit dual-core CPU. On the front face, sources are reporting a 3MP camera – with the main rear shooter clocking in at 8MP. Pricing of the tablet isn’t going to be cheap – with reports stating that the 16GB model will start at $399 USD and ramping up to $499 USD for the 32GB LTE version. Good news however, is that the Nexus 9 is said to include expandable memory – so those wanting to save money this festive season can breathe a sigh of relief.

Over on the smart phone side of things, the new Nexus 6 is expected to look extremely similar to the design of the new Moto X (2014). The Nexus 6 is said to include a gigantic 5.92 inch display – which may in fact be too large for many. Sources have indicated that Motorola’s had to move the volume adjustment and screen lock buttons down the device to allow for a more manageable experience. Pricing and models haven’t yet been leaked for the Nexus 6.

Stay tuned to eTeknix – as tomorrow’s shaping up to be a big day for Mountain View and the Android operating system.

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