Motorola and Google announced the Nexus 6, their leading device for the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop, after several weeks of speculation in October 2014. The Nexus 6, as the name would imply, has a nearly 6-inch display — 5.96-inches to be exact — with a super high resolution of 2560x1440 (QHD). Aside from the size difference the Nexus 6 is built nearly identically to that of the Moto X (2014), with a smooth curved back, metal sides, camera ring flash and distinctive Motorola "dimple" on the back plate.

On the inside the Nexus 6 is powered by a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3220mAh battery and either 32 or 64GB of internal storage. Its camera is 13MP, with the addition of OIS not found on the Moto X, and an f/2.0 aperture. The Nexus 6 also has Qi wireless charging and support for Motorola's Turbo Charger for quick battery top-ups.

The Nexus 6 finally arrived in the Play Store in mid-October, starting at $649 in either blue or white colors, but was severely limited in availability until U.S. carriers started to sell it in early November. Even with a program promising more stock in the Play Store each Wednesday, Google continued its tradition of having trouble keeping its latest Nexus phone in stock on the Play Store.