Jul 26 AT 7:36 PM Alex Wagner 27 Comments

Motorola Shamu rumored to feature 5.9-inch display, Nexus branding


Last month, rumors suggested that HTC might contribute to Google’s Nexus program in 2014 with a new 9-inch tablet codenamed “Volantis.” Now the rumor mill claims that HTC may not be the only manufacturer building a Nexus this year.

According to Android Police, Motorola may be working on a new smartphone with the codename “Shamu.” It’s said that the device features a beefy 5.9-inch display, a fingerprint scanner and that Motorola may be collaborating with Google on the hardware. In fact, Shamu could be a new Nexus smartphone.

While there aren’t any images of the Motorola Shamu that back this rumor up, we do have a report in Google’s bug tracker to take note of. At the bottom of the page, we can see that the build number of the device that the bug is found on is as follows: aosp_shamu-userdebug L MASTER.M03400 1078 test-keys.


There are also a few pieces of information that back up the claim that this could be a Nexus device. First of all, the source of this report mentioned both the HTC Volantis and Motorola Shamu when speaking of the Android L release. The Shamu is also running a kernel built by Google. Finally, Google is known for giving Nexus hardware fishy codenames, like “hammerhead” for the Nexus 5 and “maguro” for the GSM Galaxy Nexus.

Obviously this news is till very much a rumor right now, but it does seem possible that Motorola could be tapped for a new Nexus phone. The past couple of Nexus handsets have been made by LG, so it’s likely time for some new blood in the Nexus program, and Google may have selected Motorola during the time that it owned the company.

Does this 5.9-inch Motorola Shamu sound like a smartphone that you’d like to have in your pocket?

Source: Android Police

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  • Jeff

    Absolutely, gimme that beast. I’ll have the Nexus 5, OnePlus One (coming this week) and the Nexus 6 as my 5″, 5.5″, and 6″ phones!

    • b88b

      another sh1tphone from this chinese manufacturer

      • John Patrick

        Another sh*t comment from a douchebag…

    • mark barlog

      I just received my OPO and loving it.

  • SBM_from_LA

    I have a feeling the next Nexus phone will cost a bit more this time around.

    • Nate B.

      They have increased every year. It comes with new features and spec bumps. You can’t sale new stuff at the same price. They only manage because they cut corners with their Nexus devices. The camera for example. There are a few cut corners that can be overlooked that help keep it at the price or fairly low for an unlocked phone.

  • renyo

    If it’s that big, it better have a stylus… And a big ass battery! What I’m trying to say is, it better takedown the Note with better software and pricing!

    • SBM_from_LA

      It’s highly unlikely it would come with any stylus… at best, it would have “support” for one that you would have to buy separately.

    • John Patrick

      That’s sorta what I was thinking. That’s going to be a huge phone with that screen. Hope they build Wacom stylus capability into it. I wouldn’t get it for the just screen size – I already have a Nexus 7 LTE. For carrying that sized device around I’d want more capability than being stuck using the equivalent of a rubber magic marker… which is about what most Android screens are compatible with.

  • Des

    Give me my note in stock google and I’m all over it!!!

  • Andre

    I’m excited that Motorola may be the manufacturer behind the new Nexus 6 (assuming of course that this information is factual AND that there even will be a Nexus 6), but I’m NOT so interested in the 5.9″ display! I have the Moto X now and I have to admit, I like the 4.7″ screen…though I do realize Apple is *finally* releasing an iPhone with a 6″ screen so I suppose this does make sense

  • TorVez

    Sounds like a ‘whale’ of a phone. Too big for me. I’ll be keeping my N5 unless they do a GPE (or Nexus) of the LG G3.

    • elijahblake

      I bought the new LG G3 and I miss using my n5. My hand constantly has a cramp. I’m hoping the nexus 6 wont be this big, if it is maybe the moto x+1 will be a good phone.

  • Nigel

    Away from geeks and those who don’t do much useful with their day, big phones for 99% of people are not attractive.

    The mobile designers have it totally wrong to make bigger phones and totally wrong to have a choice of high spec or small screens.

    Whilst bigger phones can be made, it will not increase the market share.

    • Bart

      Your experience & observations are different from mine. In just my very small group of friends, 5 of us having Samsung Note phones. I’m the only geek. One is a stay-at-home mom, one works for a fast-food joint and, well, you get the idea. Beyond that, I’ve seen many with Note-series phones that are your common run-of-the-mill consumer. So I do not thing that mobile manufacturers have it wrong. In fact, there seems to be much evidence that they have it very right. I’m fine with you not liking big phones–that is what makes the world go wrong–we all like different things.

      • Bart

        Sorry, I meant to say “that is what makes the world go around.” I’m very tired. ;-)

        • Takpro

          Hey, wake up. You meant to say round. ;-)

    • SBM_from_LA

      you are imposing your own personal beliefs on how others should feel, which is wrong. What you should say is… a larger phone is not for YOU…. and that you are NOT the target consumer for those types of devices.

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      There are many people that would think like this, but I have a friend (a girl) that wants a 6 inches smartphone. The Note is too expensive for her. If you think of the smartphones that are out there, this one would be a little bigger. This is how we got to 5 and 5.5 inches smartphones.

  • jamal adam

    This is exciting as I have been eyeing an upgrade from my Nexus 5 to something with a bigger display. Hopefully, this might be my next smartphone if the rumors come true. This along with the HTC volantis nexus tablet would be quite the pairing.

  • mel

    why is there a blue moto device on here if we are talking about nexus and htc? im confused someone clear this up for me.

    • Lactose the Intolerant

      Article is about a rumor… there is no picture supporting the rumored device. The author used a picture of a current Motorola device because that makes more sense the using a picture of a potato.

    • mattcoz

      Because we are talking about Motorola, not HTC.

  • eewfdijwo

    5.9 inch phone lol no thanks

  • pagger

    Nope think this might be the first of the silver phones 5.9 seems big for a nexus. Hope it does or is compatible with a stylus my Note3 would be on its way out.

  • Nate B.

    I know Moto is good with very thin bezels, but having a screen at 5.9′ even with no bezels is too big. I guess we will see when it’s that time of the year.

  • allen