Android N was released earlier than usual leading to speculations that the Google Nexus 2016 phones might also be here earlier than usual. This is because Google usually unveils its Nexus devices with a new operating system.
Well, there is even more interesting news about the upcoming Nexus 2016. Google has been working in partnership with a number of OEMs when it comes to their line of Nexus devices. HTC was there, LG and Huawei have been there, but the latest rumors claim that 2016 will see HTC take control of everything as far as the Google Nexus 2016 phones are concerned.
Rumors have been doing rounds that HTC will probably work alongside last year’s manufacturer of the Nexus 6P – Huawei. However, famous Android leaker, Evan Blass, has some totally different, but expected news. According to Blass, HTC has been tasked with the entire task of handling both of this year’s Google Nexus phones.
Through his Twitter handle @evleaks, the famed leaker went bold and posted that HTC is apparently working on two models of the Google Nexus 2016 phones namely M1 and S1. Of course, these are just codenames, with Android Police adding that the two might mean Marlin and Sailfish. However, this cannot be confirmed just yet.
In the recent past, there is no doubt that Evan Blass has been at his best when it comes to Android leaks. Now that he has come in with this news, it is hard to term them as mere “rumors.” It will be a welcome move for many Google Nexus fans, especially when looking at the excellent device that HTC came in with this year – HTC 10.
HTC was the first to form this partnership with Google, with the result being the Nexus One. Ever since, it has been nowhere near Google’s Nexus line of devices (apart from the Nexus 9), with players such as LG, ASUS, and Samsung taking center stage. But why partner with other OEMs when Google can do everything on their own? Well, maybe it for promotional purposes. It happened with the Galaxy Nexus where the Samsung Galaxy brand started reaching out to the world. It has happened with LG and it recently happened with Huawei, which is slowly becoming a household name in the smartphone industry.
It will be interesting to see HTC coming back to take control of the production of the Google Nexus 2016 phones. However, we hope that this partnership won’t lead to the upcoming Nexus 2016 phones being heavily priced like the recently announced HTC 10, which goes for $700 for an unlocked version.
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