Nexus 6 on Release Date is Based on HTC One M8 with 64-Bit KitKat 4.4 & Google Wireless as Prime Features?

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By Erik Pineda | April 4, 2014 4:20 PM EST

The Nexus 6 on release date could be patterned after the metallic and premium-built HTC One M8, which experts named as the best Android smartphone in the world even before it actual availability, new reports said.

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A photograph of the HTC One smartphone from a diagonal perspective.

From blog site Tech Times, Google is reportedly switching the Nexus 6 project from South Korea's LG, which assembled the Nexus 4 and 5, to Taiwan-based HTC. The base-model being eyed by the tech giant is the second HTC One build also known for its pre-release codename M8.

Main reason for the sudden shift, said the same report, is the solid build and superb specs that the One M8 came packed with. Apparently Google wants the 2014 Nexus phone to be known as a premium gadget that is worthy of opposing the iPhone 6.

Per the recent rumours, the next iPhone is believed to be wrapped in aluminium alloy or Liquidmetal casing, sustaining the same tough body-build of the immediate past versions. Google seems bent to equal or even exceed such impressive device quality.

Note, however, that Tech Times cited no reliable sources on its report plus the fact that the report came out as HTC One M8 is also set to be issued in Google Play Edition soon.

But like in the past, Google is likely to slightly strip down the actual HTC One specs that would end up in the Nexus 6, the same way it did with the Nexus 4 and 5, modelled respectively after the LG Optimus G Pro and the LG G2.

Doing so will significantly bring down the HTC-manufactured Nexus 6.

As for the next Nexus features, it is clear this early that Google has no intentions to scrimp on the capabilities that its signature will show off on launch date.

One of these killer features is Google Wireless that will be tapped on the ever-expanding Google Fiber broadband network. The plan, according to Gotta Be Mobile, is for Nexus and Google Play devices to access superfast wireless internet outside of the established telco infrastructures.

Pilot rollouts of Google Wireless, in the near-term, are expected to commence very soon in select U.S. locations.

Another likely feature that could further sweeten the Nexus 6 flavour is a 64-bit optimised KitKat that Intel has "ported, validated and tested," BGR said in a report.

Intel's work may not suit up for an actual Nexus device but the laudable efforts could prod Google to finally deploy the next Android version with 64-bit mobile computing prowess.

With a 64-bit mobile platform, likely Android 4.5 or 5.0, the Nexus 6 on release date could readily boast of a Snapdragon 805 or 810 chips that work in tandem with at least 4GB of RAM.

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A photograph of the HTC One smartphone from a diagonal perspective.
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