Android Police just dropped two articles this morning worth sharing, especially here since some of you don't visit that site.
So while it's still a "rumor", it's one that's all but confirmed officially according to AP. The Motorola "Shamu" device that keeps popping up here and there is officially going to be the Nexus 6. Before some of you ask, looks like the Nexus brand will live on. Farewell Android Silver, we didn't even get to know you.
However, before you start thinking, "Well, bangishotyou and some of the others are always going on about Nexus this and Nexus that. I think I'll pick up this one and see why they love it so much." There's one serious catch with the next Nexus.
IT IS BIG!
Rumors have hinted as much, but like I said it's all but confirmed officially now.
Looking that picture, for those who've kept up with my posts, you might see a hint of the new Moto X in there. That's because it's basically the big brother, literally, to the Moto X. Naturally with a few changes.
So just how big is this phone? 5.9", which led to a number of changes to differentiate it from the Moto X. For those wondering, the display will be a QHD one and it'l have 496ppi. First off, the volume and power buttons have been brought down on the side to accommodate for the larger display. In addition to that, this phone will be sporting a 3,200 mAh battery.
Everything else looks to be the same as what's found on the Moto X. Front facing speakers (two in this case, as opposed to the one on the Moto X), 13MP camera with OIS and the dual-flash ring configuration (and obviously a front facing camera that'll be at 2MP) and my favorite spec of the new Moto X, Qualcomm's new turbo charging feature. That's right, this bad boy will be able to make sweet use of that new Turbo Charger from Motorola, where 15 minutes charging will get you back to 8 hours of battery life (on the Moto X at least).
For those already thinking, "I bet he's gonna get this phone." Bite me! You don't know me! But yes, I am totally gonna get it. Haven't had a Nexus in awhile and I'm a fan of Motorola's hardware. How could I pass up a Motorola made Nexus device? I can't.
It also looks like I'll be buying a new icon pack soon too if the icons on the pic are genuine. I'll have to get those on my current phone, assuming it doesn't come with them when we get the Android L update that is.
In semi related news, there had been rumors floating around about a possible smaller (5.2") Nexus device coming out in addition to this one. Right now, according to Android Police at least, that doesn't really seem likely. Leaks regarding Shamu have been happening for some time now. Nothing really about a smaller Nexus device. So like they said, "That leaves two options - either Google has somehow managed to keep a smaller Nexus phone a total secret while Shamu leaked all over the place, or there is no smaller Nexus phone." My money is on the latter.
And now, the even more interesting news for the day.
For those who are unaware of what Project Ara is, it's basically a modular phone.
I see I might have lost some of you, so let me back up. Your phone as it is now, can you upgrade any individual component of it? No. You want newer specs or more memory or storage capacity you have to buy a different phone, right? Right. Project Ara means to change all that.
Project Ara will allow you to upgrade individual components on your phone as you wish. Want more memory? Buy the component and throw it on. Want a new screen? Same thing. And so on and so forth.
Now I know some of you might read that and think, "Wtf do I know about removing and adding and replacing parts on my phone? GTFO with that nonsense." That's the beauty of Ara though. Everyone who knows what LEGOS are please raise their hands. [looks around] Damn. That's a lot of you. Okay, so you have a general understanding then of how the modules will work. They snap into place! (For a great write-up of the news when it was first announced, read on here.)
That folks is what I'm talking about!
Now, as to how it'll work exactly that's still all rumor and conjecture. Some say it'll mean buying a basic display and board from Google or an online retailer and then adding individual components to your cart before checkout. Others say you can basically pick and choose through the Play Store (or even through kiosks coming soon to a shopping mall/electronics retailer near you!) and they'll be put together on your behalf. And there's variations from there, but those are the big two which are most likely to happen.
It's obvious that such a project might be a potential for disaster from a software perspective. Such components! Many configurations! Wow! (Someone feel free to make that into a Doge meme and I'll throw it onto the post if you do so.)
Alas, such is not the case!
From that same article the following tidbit comes about, which I'd wager as likely true (regarding my earlier mention of how will all this work and where will we get the modules from, "Modules for Project Ara phones will be sold in a new online store similar to the Play Store, allowing you to build the phone you want."
Woohoo! Also, shit. I can hear people now.
Like the Guide said, "A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
Doesn't matter how easy it is to slide components in and lock them into place, someone somewhere will find a way to mess even that simple thing up and naturally it'll all be Google's fault cause everything always is.
But I digress, so modified version of Android L that'll allow for hot swapping of most modules. I'd like to think most people have heard the phrase "hot swapping" before, but I am certain not everyone has. Also no, it's not another term for swinging (and I don't mean the kind you do on a playground, unless you're really out there as far as your kinks go).
Hot swapping basically is plug and play.
Okay, the long and short of it is that you can attach and remove things without having to turn off your device. Easy enough to understand, right? I hope so, because if it's not then I've got no idea how much simpler to explain it.
Either way, that's pretty neat and I'm sure there's some limitations of course. I for one look forward to taking apart a phone and upgrading components on an individual basis. That just sounds so geeky!
Possible customer launch for Project Ara is sometime early next year, so I guess we'll find out more as we get closer to that time. Too bad we can't instant cassette to then.
And that's all I got for you all today. This is some seriously awesome news that seemingly came out of nowhere this morning and I for one am beyond stoked!