We now have our clearest picture yet of what the rumored Nexus 6 will look like. An image posted to Twitter on Tuesday from now-(semi) retired gadget leaker Evan Blass shows a device with flat, Android L-style icons and a very thin bezel.
The design makes a lot of sense, as the Nexus 6 is said to to feature a 5.9 display, giving it a larger screen than both the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. It also matches previous leaks, as the Motorola-built device looks like a much-larger Moto X.
What a depressing few days. I remember 1 thing that used to make me feel better, tho. No mark in deference to Nexus. pic.twitter.com/76zhSfu8rJ— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 14, 2014
One peculiarity is the messaging icon, which could be a reboot of the main SMS/MMS app that ships on some Android phones, yet was nixed on the Nexus 5 in favor of Hangouts. Google is pushing Hangouts as its all-in-one messaging solution by integrating it with Google Voice and ramping up its feature set.
As further evidence of the phone’s imminent launch, Android Police spotted a YouTube video that looks like some kind of commercial. It features Androidified cartoon characters with a gargantuan phone, which could be Google’s way of poking a bit of fun at itself for releasing such a massive phablet.
The story behind the story: The Nexus 6 phone, Nexus 9 tablet, and Android L just need to get here, as we’ve seen almost daily leaks of some kind in regard to Google’s next phone and operating system update.
Google typically releases a flagship phone to coincide with the next major version of its operating system. It announced Android 4.4 Kit Kat and the Nexus 5, built by LG, on Halloween of last year. Given the usual one-year refresh cycle of flagship phones, we should be seeing the next Android-flavored treats rather soon. In fact, the devices and finished version of Android L are said to be launching on Wednesday.