A new rumor has surfaced suggesting the next Nexus smartphone will be made by Motorola and launched in Q4 this year, and that it will not be based on the Moto X. 

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It’s that time of the year when speculation begins on who could be making the next Nexus smartphone. People have been under the impression that LG will have the pleasure once again, especially since Google went with Samsung two times in a row with the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, and partly since we’d all love to see the LG G2 running pure unadulterated stock Android atop that powerful hardware.

However, Taylor Wimberly, the man who leaked numerous details on the Moto X before its official unveiling, has posted on Google+ that Motorola will be making the next Nexus, and it will not be based on the company’s newly announced flagship. A Moto Nexus has been rumored ever since Google purchased the manufacturer, and if Wimberly is right (he usually is), we could see it turn into reality very soon.

moto nexus taylor wimberly Rumor: Motorola to make next Nexus

This does make us wonder: after all Google has done to convince Android OEMs that they won’t be favoring Motorola, where will this move fit in? Giving them the opportunity to make the next Nexus would downright prove that all the talk about Motorola being just another OEM at the end of the day was a farce, something that won’t sit well with Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, etc.

Also, what specs will the Googorola Nexus have? That it will be running on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is a given, but could we see Motorola’s custom X8 chip powering it? Sure, it’s not the most cutting-edge in terms of raw processing power, but with Android 5.0 rumored to be heavily optimized for lesser resource consumption, it would be a great way to demonstrate that optimization. A 1080p display should be expected as well, in line with the new Nexus 7.

So, while this information should be taken with the customary pinch of salt, would you guys be interested in a Motorola Nexus, perhaps with all the hardware customization from the Moto X thrown into the mix (at least for U.S. customers)? Discuss in the comments!

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