Google will be releasing the public version of the new Android 7.0 Nougat this month. Later on, the Google Nexus 2016 phones will follow, a period expected to be somewhere in September.
This is still some weeks or even months way, which gives us plenty of time to look at what is going on in the rumor mills. A lot has already been said about HTC being the company that is manufacturing the Google Nexus 2016 handsets. Well, with continuous speculations linking the Taiwanese company with the task, it now seems confirmed that indeed HTC will be in charge.
HTC is not new in the line of Google Nexus devices. It has been here before, but this is a new challenge for the company as it has been seeing a slump in its smartphone sales thanks to growing competition from around the world, especially China. With the task ahead, HTC has a chance to redeem itself, especially after receiving huge praise for the new HTC 10 flagship that it released earlier this year.
When compared to previous handsets, the HTC 10 is, without a doubt, a great device – be it in terms of design, specs, features or even software optimizations. The device packs a stylish metallic design that has dominated most 2016 flagships, but as usual, the “HTC” touch was not missing on the phone. Apparently, this is what the company has in store for the flagship Google Nexus 2016 handset codenamed Marlin. This device will come to succeed the superb Nexus 6P, which was made by another tech giant from Asia, Huawei.
As noted earlier, HTC will be in charge of making two Google Nexus 2016 phones. While the Marlin will be the flagship variant, the mid-range variant is codenamed Sailfish. According to the same reports, this handset will come in with a design that packs both metal and plastic, with the latter featuring on the phone’s frame, much more like what the HTC Desire handsets look like. Despite this, don’t expect the Sailfish to come in on the cheap, especially since it will reportedly pack the same flagship hardware as the Marlin.