Google is due to unveil the new Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 from LG and Huawei, respectively in the next few weeks. Currently rumors are pointing to a September 29th announcement. And it looks like Google is getting their store ready for that launch. Digging through the source code on the Google Store’s website, Android Police found some rather interesting code. It appears to be set to appear as a toast notification. The text in the code reads like this:
“You can’t add this phone unless it has the same Nexus Protect choice as other phones in your cart. You can update your choice or purchase this phone in your next order.”
Now based on that, it tells us that this is likely some type of warranty or protection plan for the Nexus devices that Google is selling. Google has not announced Nexus Protect, so this could be something new with this year’s Nexus smartphones. Also based on the text there, it appears that either all devices you are buying need to have Nexus Protect, or none of them at all. This appears to be something similar to Apple Care, which is a fantastic program from Apple. They will replace just about anything, even if you spilled a drink on your device, they’ll fix it up for you. Something that Google hasn’t offered, but has been rumored to offer in the past.
It’s important to remind everyone here, that just because this has appeared in the source code of Google’s store, it does not mean it’s happening. We’ve seen warranties like this appear in retail form before, as well as appear on their sites, and never see the light of day. So it’s not confirmed until Google, themselves, announce the new warranty program. Having said that, it’d be a nice addition to the Nexus purchase. Being able to get it swapped out without having to pay any type of fee would definitely make users happy. You can check out the source below to see the code in question here.
Nexus rumors and leaks are in full swing. It’ll be interesting to see what Google does announce, in terms of the Nexus program as well as with Marshmallow.