At MWC 2014, Google's Senior Vice President, Sundar Pichai talked to a few journalists, hinting that the Nexus 6 release date has been set in the second half of the year.
Besides talking Google's relationship with Samsung, Nokia X, Whatsapp acquisition, and Android security, Pichai said that the the Nexus 6 "will not be released in the first half of the year." Google's exec didn't give more details about the next-gen Nexus smartphone, but it gave hope to those thinking that they will not live to see another Nexus smartphone hitting the market.
Earlier last year, the rumor mill suggested that Google has ditched the idea of developing a successor for the Nexus 5, because the Nexus smartphones and tablets were not profitable for the company. Instead, the developers and enthusiasts would be able to taste Android vanilla on Google Play Editions of popular smartphones.
Well, Google's head of Android, Chrome and Google Apps just denied these rumors, confirming that we will get to see a new Nexus smartphone later this year. In fact, it is fairly easy to guess when Google will introduce the Nexus 6. Since Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, all the Nexus smartphones were introduced by the Mountain View-based giant in October, and I see no reason why they would change the pattern this year.
The first Nexus smartphone, the Nexus One was co-developed by Google and HTC and released in January 2010. For the next two Nexus smartphones Google teamed-up with Samsung and released the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus in December 2010 and October 2011, respectively. LG took up the slack from Samsung in October 2011 when they announced the Nexus 4. The latest Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 5 was launched October 2013, synchronized with the debut of Android 4.4 KitKat.
It's a bit early to speculate about the technical specifications of the Nexus 6 and what company will manufacture it this time, but we should expect it to be underpinned by one of Qualcomm's high-end chipsets, to pack a screen sized about 5 inches diagonally with Full HD or Quad HD resolution, 3 GB of RAM, and a primary camera with at least 8 MP.