It’s widely believed that Google has tasked HTC to develop two new Nexus smartphones this year. Both these smartphones have leaked numerous times under the codenames, Sailfish and Marlin. But an interesting new report has surfaced online, which hints at a major change to the Nexus lineup. Google is said to be planning on dropping the Nexus branding from the upcoming Marlin and Sailfish smartphones. The report also adds that for the first time these smartphones won’t be running on stock Android OS, which has been sort of the Nexus lineup’s USP. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football ChampionshipAlso Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
According to Android Central, the upcoming Marlin and Sailfish smartphones won’t have the Nexus or for that matter HTC branding anywhere. Instead, the report says Google is planning to put its brand “front and center.” Though the report has sourced the information from unnamed sources, it does fall in line with recent Marlin and Sailfish leaked renders boasting a ‘G’ logo at the back. It’s not just brand that is changing, and the upcoming Google smartphones will no longer run on stock Android either. While there is little information on how the operating system will be tweaked, this is yet another sign that Google is completely moving away from everything to related to Nexus. Also Read - Sundar Pichai: 5 interesting facts about Google CEO you never heard before
If the report is to be believed, this could effectively put an end to the Nexus lineup that incidentally kicked off with Google partnering HTC for the Nexus One back in 2009. There is however no word on how these upcoming smartphones will be identified, now that the Nexus nomenclature is being dropped. That said, we did come across a report from The Telegraph earlier this year, which claimed that we could see a Google Phone by the end of this year. It seems highly likely that these two reports are connected. ALSO READ: How to get Android 7.0 Nougat update on your Nexus smartphone today
The reports also echo CEO Sundar Pichai’s statements during the Code Conference earlier this year, when he said that the Google would be investing more effort into the smartphone space, and it plans to be more opinionated about the category. With this year’s Google/Nexus smartphones, the company does seem to be going the Apple way in the way it will be launching two smartphones with similar features but different display sizes. Google is also widely expected to launch two smartwatches running on Android Wear sometime later this year.
Based on what we have come across so far, the HTC-built Sailfish smartphone will feature a 5-inch full HD (1920 1080 pixels) display, and will be powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM. It will also offer 32GB storage, and will come with a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. It is also expected to include a fingerprint scanner at the back, a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The Marlin, on the other hand, is expected to feature a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 paired with 4GB of RAM, and 32GB and 128GB storage options. It is also likely to feature a 12-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel selfie camera, a 3,450mAh battery, and USB Type-C port. DON’T MISS: Unified Payments Interface: Here s how to register, send and receive money using UPI apps