Trick or Treat? Next Nexus Phone Could Arrive This Halloween

  • MORE

 nexus 5 g01 675403

Android fans could be in for a treat this Halloween. Google's next Nexus device could arrive in October without any fanfare, and may use the name Nexus X instead of the anticipated Nexus 6 to avoid accusations of trademark infringement.

Because of the potential for lawsuits with the family of Philip K. Dick, the author of "Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep," Phonearena says Google will eschew the logical Nexus 6 label. The 2012 and 2013 Nexus handsets were named Nexus 4 and 5 respectively, and the numbers also corresponded with the size of their displays.  Nexus 6, however, would be almost identical to the model name for androids in Dick's novel (Nexus-6). 

Sources told Phonearena that Google is planning a quiet launch for the next Nexus similar to what it did for the Nexus 5 last year, rolling the device out around Halloween without an official announcement. While no price information is available yet, last year's Nexus 5 cost $349 unlocked at launch, making it one of the best smartphone values without a contract. 

MORE: 12 Surprising Things Your Android Phone Can Do

The upcoming Nexus is expected to be made by Motorola and feature a 5.9-inch display with a 2K resolution (2560 x 1440). Phonearena says the purported Nexus X is also expected to carry a speedy 2.7-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU and a 13-megapixel rear camera. 

Author Bio
Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low, LAPTOP Staff Writer
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
Cherlynn Low, LAPTOP Staff Writer on
Add a comment