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Google's secret weapon aims to kill the new iPhone

Google's secret weapon aims to kill the new iPhone

When it comes to phones these days, bigger is better - or at least it sells better. Steve Jobs swore he'd never build a phone with a screen bigger than three-and-a-half inches. Now, even Apple has caved to public demand. The iPhone 5 grew by half an inch. The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches and the iPhone 6 Plus is a whopping 5.5 inches. That's just the screen size. The actual phone is more than 19 square inches in size.

With iPhone 6 Plus phones selling out all over the country, it's clear that people just want bigger phones. Soon, Google could have the biggest. The upcoming Google Nexus 6 sports a whopping 6-inch screen. In the Nexus line of phones and tablets, the number indicates the screen size. We already have a Nexus 5, 7, and 10.

Even though Google's Nexus gadgets are branded with the Google name, they're manufactured by other contracted phone producers. LG makes the Nexus 5, Acer makes the Nexus 7 and Samsung makes the Nexus 10. In this case, Motorola is confirmed to be manufacturing the Nexus 6. But on the inside, it's all Google.

That's because Nexus gadgets run stock Android. That means there are no fancy interface upgrades, apps or software added in by a third-party manufacturer. Samsung and LG typically add in their own upgrades to Android, but often those upgrades just end up slowing it down and taking up space. Many consumers prefer being able to "start from scratch."

Because Motorola is building this new Nexus phone, it is expected to be very similar to the awesome 2nd generation Moto X just announced. BGR has reported leaked Nexus 6 specifications:

Other leaked specs for the Nexus 6 reportedly include a QHD display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1440 pixels (498 pixels per inch), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 3,200mAh battery and Android L. Google will likely unveil the new Nexus 6 alongside the HTC-manufactured Nexus 9 tablet next month when it also officially releases Android L.

If that just looks like gobbledygook to you, all you need to know is that it's going to be lightning fast and will have a beast of a battery. It's going to need it to power a screen that size. But the most notable thing is that it looks like it will definitely be released with the new version of Android - Android L. It could be the first phone on the market to have Android L, which looks to be a big upgrade over KitKat.

Gizmodo is reporting that the phone will likely cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $420 off-contract. When you consider the powerful hardware inside this phone, that's a very reasonable price. The 16 GB version of the iPhone 6 Plus costs $750 off-contract and has slightly weaker stats.

Rumor has it the Nexus 6 will be released sometime this fall - possibly around the end of October. There probably won't be a big press conference: Google has kept its Nexus rollouts humble, preferring to let the gadgets speak for themselves.

Click here to compare the current flagship phones with my smartphone comparison chart. 

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Source: BGR
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