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Oct 10, 2014

Google Still Negotiating for Nexus 6 Name, Two More Nexus Phones May Be Launched




We reported about a week ago that Google is working to secure the Nexus 6 name for its next flagship smartphone, which is supposed to be launched sometime this month.

Unfortunately, it appears that the search giant hasn’t been able to license the use of this particular name yet, though negotiation will continue until the very last minute. As per TK Tech News’ report, the retail package of the flagship handset won’t have any mention of Nexus 6 or Nexus X, instead Google will probably release it with the simple Nexus logo if the negotiations fail. In worst case scenario, if Google is not allowed to use the Nexus 6 name for its flagship handset, the smartphone will most likely be announced as Nexus X. It’s unclear with whom Google is now negotiating the use of the Nexus 6 name, but we assume it’s related with the company’s issues that date back in 2010 when it launched the Nexus One.

After receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Isa Dick Hackett, owner of sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, which claimed the name Nexus One is a direct reference to the “Nexus-6” model series of androids that appears in the “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (known as Blade Runner), Google was threatened with a lawsuit. Apparently, nothing happened though the owner of Philip K. Dick’s intellectual properties hasn’t been approached at all for negotiations at that time. Even though things did not escalate, we believe using the Nexus 6 name would probably be a bigger mistake for Google, as the reference to Philip K. Dick’s novel is even clearer.

Motorola Moto G 2014 and HTC Desire could be turned into Google Play Edition smartphones

In the same piece of news, the same report claims sources familiar with Google future plans say the company will launch two more Nexus smartphones along with its flagship handset, though both will be entry-level. There’s a high chance that along with Nexus 6, Google will also announce Google Play Editions of Motorola Moto G 2014 and HTC Desire (no clue which model). Both these affordable smartphones will be powered by stock Android and will be available along with the Nexus 6 via Google Play Store. Obviously, along with these handsets, Google will officially launch the final version of Android L, its new mobile operating system.

As we’re getting close to official announcement, more and more details seem to emerge online, so stay tuned for additional info on Google next major event.

Motorola Moto G 2014
Image credits to Motorola Mobility

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