Android operating system is the single most dominant mobile operating system in the whole world, by a country mile. Whether it be Samsung or Blackberry (or what’s left of it), every smartphone manufacturing company is running Android or one of its dozen flavors.
But to experience the purest form of Android operating system, there is no doubt that one has to look towards Nexus phones.
Nexus phones are basically the manifestation of what Google wants to do for the future of smartphone technology and user interface.
After much preparation, Google is closing in on launching two new Nexus phones sometime this fall.
Serial leakers and rumor makers have been hard at work this past couple of weeks and because of their efforts, we already know, for the most part, what the new Google Nexus phones will bring to the table.
What Will Be The Name Of The New Google Nexus Phone?
There is hardly a smartphone manufacturer out there that doesn’t have at least two versions of its flagship smartphones. Google is expected to follow the trend and will introduce two models of its new Nexus smartphones.
And it won’t be the first time that Google releases two versions of its flagship smartphone. Google did it last year too, and since the likes of Samsung (with its S7 series) and Apple (with its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6S plus variant) have further strengthened this practice, Google is likely to repeat the now-proven formulae.
Google will release one big Nexus smartphone and another one which will be a, relatively, smaller Nexus smartphone.
Flagships always come in twos so we’ll cut Google some slack here for trying to follow the crowd.
Reports say that the two new Nexus smartphones will be codenamed “Sailfish” and “Marlin.” No one knows for sure what is going on in Google super-top-secret product meetings, but the company has started to name an uncomfortable amount of its news products with fish sounding names.
If we look back to last year, Google’s then Nexus 6P smartphone was codenamed “Angler” which is a hideous looking fish that uses a fleshy growth on its head to act as a lure (not the Pokemon Lure, that’s a fun thing) and then eats its prey as it comes closer to its protruding fleshy bit.
That should be enough as far as fish-talk goes in an article that is about Google Nexus smartphones.
The other thing to take into consideration about Google Nexus smartphones is that, at the moment, nothing has been confirmed. The two names mentioned before, Sailfish and Marlin, are not official names yet.
There have been many reports in the media that have alluded to the fact that Google might even drop the name Nexus from its smartphone lineup altogether. So right now, it isn’t even certain if the next line of Google phones will be called Nexus phones or not.
What About The Design of New Google Nexus Smartphones.
Android Police has noted that the two, or twin depending on how much you love your smartphones, Nexus smartphone devices will be manufactured by HTC.
Not only that, but HTC will also be the exclusive manufacturing partner in this iteration of Google Nexus smartphones.
This fact has also been confirmed by FCC filings. Evan Blass, who is a reliable source as far as leaked news is concerned, also upheld the rumor through his Twitter account.
Blass tweeted that HTC was, in fact, building a pair of Android N smartphone devices for Google. He continued the tweet and said that Google’s new smartphone devices would be dubbed as M1 and S1.
No prizes for guessing what M and S stand for in the dubbed names.
Android Police also reported that the two Google Nexus smartphones devices will both have a metal body and will be identical to each other in almost every aspect except for their size.
Otherwise why even both with different names if the devices themselves are exactly the same.
Some other bloggers have also reported some leaked images and have said that the hardware of the two Google Nexus smartphones looked a bit recycled.
The reports also say that the Google Nexus smartphones will have a bezel element to their design and that bezel, in its current state, looks exceptionally big. Some bloggers have even said that the bezel is broad enough to give the impression that some part of the smartphone is missing.
But the leaked photos of Google Nexus smartphones does should concrete differences in numerous other areas.
It has been reported that the backside of the smartphones doesn’t look like something that was made by HTC. The back side is, as rumors have it, basically a glass panel. That glass panel is expected to house other features such as a camera and a fingerprint sensor which has been a hit feature in smartphones since its introduction.
Other leaked images also show that the Sailfish smartphone is likely to be the smaller of the two Google Nexus smartphones. These leaked images also displayed the presence of a black glass panel at the back, confirming what other reports have said about Google Nexus smartphone’s design.
A Twitter account named Nexus, not the official account of Google devices, tweeted that the new HTC Nexus devices looked like a cross between the Nexus 4 and an iPhone. The tweet further confirmed that the new Google Nexus smartphones would have the much-reported glass back with a camera and a fingerprint sensor in place.
If these rumors do turn out to be true, then Google Nexus smartphone devices will have a back panel design that can only be described as “unconventional.”
As far as color go, the reports say that currently, it is likely that Google Nexus smartphones will come in black, white and electric blue.
What Are The Specifications For 2016 Google Nexus Smartphones?
Just for clarity’s sake, all of the information that is currently available is no doubt just a rumor. So take everything with a grain of salt as official specifications and design patterns will only be confirmed on launch date.
Another report from Android Police has indicated that the specs for the smaller of the two Google Nexus phones have been leaked and are likely to be very close to the actual specs of the yet unreleased smartphone device.
Reportedly, we are looking at specifications that go something like this,
- 12MP rear camera along with 8MP front one.
- Fingerprint sensor
- USB Type-C
- Headphone jacks.
- 32GB storage
- 4GB RAM
- 2770 mAh battery
- Snapdragon 821
- 5-inch 1080p Full-HD AMOLED display with 440 ppi.
If various leaks are to be believed, then there isn’t much between the small Nexus and its bigger version.
In fact, the only difference that has been reported so far is that the bigger version of Google Nexus smartphones will have a higher resolution Quad HD display screen. The bigger version will also have a 3450 mAh battery and a 5.5-inch display.
What About 2016 Google Nexus Smartphones Software
The new smartphone devices from Google will ship with Android Nougat which is the latest version of Google’s Android operating system.
But you already knew that, didn’t you?
Well, if you didn’t then we’ll assume that you’ve been living under a rock for at least a few months since Google launched the latest version of its Android operating system back in March.
With that said, it is entirely possible that Google may introduce Nexus-only added features and tricks with a new and improved Google launcher for its new smartphone devices.
Android Police also reported that it had found evidence that showed a particular swipe action to activate the notifications pane.
The swipe action will involve swiping down on the fingerprint sensor which is rumored to be located on the back panel that is made of glass.
Google Nexus 2016 Smartphone Price and Availability
Previous launch dates of Google Nexus smartphone devices indicate that the new Google Nexus smartphones will probably get a launch date that will fall between September and October.
Google has been trying to launch its smartphone devices a bit earlier, and reports say that the company intends to push Nexus release date to late summer from the previously rumored “in fall” date.
Android Nougat’s final release date is expected to be anytime after July and since it’s almost the end of August now; Android Nougat could be released any day now.
If tweets from Evan Blass are anything to go by, which they are, then almost all major carriers will receive the latest Google Nexus smartphones.
That carrier list includes Verizon which, in the past, has been ignored by Google for its smartphone devices.
Judging from Google’s last year pricing, the two Google Nexus smartphones could be priced anywhere from $380 to $500.
Last year, Google Nexus 6P cost around $500 and the more affordable Google Nexus 5X cost around $380.