While rumors and speculations continue to circulate about what Google could be doing with their next Nexus phone, the most recent came just a few days ago that Motorola might be the OEM to take on the upcoming Nexus smartphone to be launched. On top of that the rumors had stated that it would be a phablet device sporting a 5.9-inch screen size, and that it was codenamed Shamu within the internal pipeline. As of today, The Information is now reporting that they have three separate sources who are independently confirming that Motorola is in fact going to be producing the Nexus phablet to come and that it does bare the name shamu. The detail about shamu makes sense, as all of Google's Nexus devices have had some sort of fish name I.E. mako, maguro, and tilapia just to name a few examples. This is reaching, but perhaps the reason they had chosen to go with shamu if the next Nexus smartphone will indeed be a phablet sized device, is because the devices size is appropriately represented by the size of shamu who was a killer whale or better known as an orca, which are known for being big mammals.
This news may come as a little bit of shock or a surprise considering the Lenovo buyout of Motorola from Google earlier this year, although the acquisition is not yet finalized so technically Google still owns Motorola and it's entirely possible that if these rumors are true, that Google and Motorola had been working on this since before the agreement had been reached about the merger. According to the sources of The Information though that is not how it happened, and Google had only began working with Motorola on plans for the Nexus phablet after the announcement of the buyout. This could also very well be Motorola's last act as part of Google before they are fully owned by Lenovo.
Concerns over favoritism about choosing a Google owned brand over another OEM to produce the next Nexus phone in the lineup would explain Google's desire to wait on any sort of movement forward with this project, although it seems like a tight schedule for development and production if the phone is to be released sometime this fall which is when we usually new Nexus phones. As of now there are no actual concrete details from either Google or Motorola on this phablet device to be, but they will likely surface in due time.