The Nexus 6 may be the first taste app developers get of Android Lollipop, but some of the social reaction so far has been a little on the sour side.
Along with announcing the full name of its latest platform update, Google and its partner Motorola took the wraps off its largest-ever tablet, a 5.9-inch device that will come at a cost of $649. The Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order later this month.
Twitter comments from app developers were more mixed than usual. A few seemed to think there was some logic in the Nexus 6 size, given Google and Motorola's competition.
Others suggested that a "go big or go home" approach is too off-putting.
5.9 inch? Who can use a phone so big? http://t.co/wDPtVL0tQt— Cristina Georgescu (@mcgeorgescu) October 16, 2014
More controversial, however, was the fact that the cost of the Nexus also increased substantially with version 6.
Oooh I do love the Nexus... pricey this time round --> Google reveals the $649 Nexus 6, pre-order on October 29th http://t.co/G4udciwbSe— Christine (@CMoz) October 15, 2014
Nexus 6 is 6-inch phablet, costing 649$. I don't like these changes. Don't think I'm going to pick one up http://t.co/GFlybDbgEg— Michael Pankov (@const_float) October 16, 2014
And while vendors and analysts are intrigued by devices that offer a compromise between a phone and a tablet, the Nexus 6 may be another example of a product that will have to gain mindshare with app developers.