Looking Ahead: From the Google Nexus 5 to Google Nexus 6

Since its release in 2013, the Google Nexus 5 has enjoyed critical acclaim and brisk sales. The Nexus 5 has enjoyed a reputation as a developer’s dream device among a large and accomplished community of Android
enthusiasts in Asia. At the 2014 Mobile World Congress earlier this year, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome and Google Apps announced that the successor to the Nexus 5 would be
released no sooner than June or July of 2014. As they have been with most of their products, Google has been secretive about the specs of the Nexus 6 but recent trends with Google’s original equipment
manufacturer (OEM) partner, LG offers some indication of what is to come with its ‘B2’ Android phone what appears to be a prototype of the Nexus 6.

 

Nexus 5

 

Some of the key features expected to be a part of the Google Nexus 6 include the much-awaited Android 4.5 OS and the technology giant’s transition into Google Play droid devices.

Android 4.5

Google’s plans to stay competitive against the current market leaders Samsung and Apple hinge on a plan to deliver a new version of the world’s favored smartphone OS. Although 67% of all smartphones in the world
run on Android, the Google Nexus 6 and the successor to the Nexus 7 will both enjoy seamless, red-carpet rights to be the first device to run the new OS. The hardware required to support the new OS is expected
to have 64-bit mobile computing capabilities with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 the possible chip of choice.

Google Play

Google Play’s humble beginning as a revamp of the existing App Store has evolved into a standard that hardware manufacturers have at the top of their priority lists. One of the reasons for this evolution is the
increasing focus that has been placed on Google Play compatibility. While there has been some speculation over whether or not Google would move from an OEM-based model to a Google Play-based hardware model, the
launch of the Nexus 6 indicates that LG will remain the partner of choice. As the hardware market sees increasing competition, Google Play may become a factor in the years to come with a significant benefit to
consumers.

Other features that are expected to be a part of the Nexus 6 package include a 5.5-inch display, a 2K display resolution and a 3000+ mAh battery. While camera specs have not been released, Google is expected to
add a 20+ megapixel camera in order to stay competitive with Nokia’s Lumia series.

As the world turns its eyes from the Nexus 5 to the flagship of a new generation, the Google Nexus 6, Google will certainly seek to reinvent its Android OS in order to stay competitive and continue its dominance
of the Android phone OS market.