Google is due to release the latest in its line of Nexus smartphones this month, and will offer a large-screen phablet format with a 5.9in display, according to reports.
The search giant released its previous own-brand smartphone, the Nexus 5, almost a year ago. That device was produced for Google by LG, while the new Nexus will have a larger screen and be manufactured by Motorola Mobility, The Wall Street Journal said.
Sources referred to by the WSJ said that the device is codenamed Shamu and will have a 5.9in high-resolution display to compete with the latest generation of big-screen devices, notably Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus that comes in at 5.5in in size.
Google is said to be holding an event on 15 October to announce the device. It is also expected to debut the next version of the Android operating system, Android L, which is set to introduce major changes including new APIs and a completely reworked user interface.
The Nexus 5 featured the largest screen of any Google smartphone to date, at 5in, while the Nexus tablets have screens of 7in to 10in in size.
While Motorola Mobility is still owned by Google itself, the firm is in the process of transferring the division to Lenovo, a deal that was announced earlier this year. That deal has yet to be completed.
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