Google not to launch Nexus 6 in July

NEW DELHI: With Samsung setting the tone for the year with its smartphone Galaxy S5, all eyes are now on Apple, Google, LG and HTC to respond with their own flagship models. But Google has ruled out launch of its Nexus 6 handset before end of the year.

Talking about the next-generation Nexus smartphone, Sundar Pichai - the head of Google's Android and Chrome units - has been reported at the just-concluded Mobile World Congress 2014 as having said, "I can assure you, it will not be released in the first half of the year."

This means that Google will not unveil the Nexus 6 at its I/O 2014 developer conference, scheduled for June 25 and 26.

The development has dashed the hopes of those who were awaiting an early launch of the perked-up Nexus smartphone running on no-frills version of Android. However, this should not be seen as a surprise since Google has unveiled its last two smartphones in October and released them in November. Moreover, it seems highly unlikely that Google would want to launch a new smartphone within a few months of Nexus 5.

It is said that Google will take the covers off the Nexus 8 tablet, which will be pitted against the likes of Apple iPad mini with Retina display, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and LG G Pad 8.3. The next version of Google's mobile operating system - currently being called Android 4.5 - is expected to make its debut with this rumoured Nexus 8-inch tablet.

Speculation is also rife that Android 5.0 (or 4.6) will be announced in October/November 2014, alongside the Nexus 6.

In 2012, Google debuted Nexus 7 tablet with Android 4.1 operating system, followed by Nexus 4 smartphone and Android 4.2 in October the same year. This was followed up in 2013 as well, when the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet and Android 4.3 made their debut in July and Nexus 5 smartphone and Android 4.4 were introduced in October.

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