The Google Nexus is probably one of the most iconic names in the smartphone industry. It is the brand that marked the beginning of a revolution; an Android revolution. It also is a statement to consumers, telling them that Apple’s iPhone with its iOS is not the only option for brilliant smartphones out there.
The first ever Nexus One was a darling of the media of course with its new look and over-achieving hardware. Android 2.1 Eclair at the time was a breath of fresh air. The Nexus One was also a technological marvel at its time; pushing boundaries of what manufacturers should and could do at the time. It shows us what smartphones could look like if it was designed properly with the available technology. The iconic company behind Google Nexus One project was none other than HTC with their ‘quietly brilliant’ moniker.
Yes, HTC. The Taiwan based manufacturer that is, at best flailing in the smartphone industry. A once famous manufacturer that is struggling to keep afloat with all the loss reports in the years. Clearly the years have not been kind to HTC. The manufacturer is also testament to the cruelty and the reality of the sadistic nature of the industry it competes in.
It seems though Google has not forgotten the maker of their first Nexus smartphone. When everyone else has abandoned and forgotten HTC, Google might give them dibs on the next Nexus project. Like last year, Google looks to be planning on two Nexus devices. But, unlike last year it seems that only one manufacturer gets to manufacture both the Nexus phones.
Ever since HTC’s Nexus 9 tablet got taken down from Google Store there have been countless rumours running about HTC preparing the manufacture of the new line up of Nexus phones. Of course these are just rumours, there must be other manufacturers that are being named right? No, not really; all the rumours clearly point to HTC as Google’s appointed manufacturer. Now this is interesting when HTC just released their HTC 10 device recently.
Why is the HTC 10 important in this? Earlier reports and fan renders suggests that the new Nexus devices might take a design cue from the HTC flagship. Of course no one is acknowledging that since there are already new renders surfacing regarding the highly anticipated hardware.
Now that we got the manufacturer aside and how it might look like, the next question is what will they be called? Most importantly, what sort of hardware are they packing?
Earlier leaks actually point out that the devices are referred to in manufacturing as the S1 and M1 with their codename Sailfish and Marlin. They obviously will be packing Android N or Nougat since they will be the greatest and latest from Google. All the leaks and rumours point to plenty of similarities between the devices like 4GB RAM, quad-core Qualcomm processors, 32GB of storage capacity, 12-megapixel main shooters and 8-megapixel secondary shooter out the front, USB type-C ports, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and Bluetooth 4.2.
The difference between Sailfish and Marlin apparently is the size of the devices. The smaller of the two, Sailfish is reported to be getting a Full HD 1080p 1,920 x 1,080 pixel display at 5-inch. It will also be powered by a smaller 2,700 battery compared to the 3,450mAh battery reported to be fitted with the Marlin. The bigger brother of the two is reported to get a 5.5-inch QHD 2,560 x 1,440 pixels display. The Marlin is also reported to offer a 128GB version.
HTC has been down on a spiral for these few years and we actually think that Google going to HTC with the new Nexus devices could be doing some good. The Nexus project is a large project for Google, or Alphabet as they are known now. It is also one of the most significant projects that we all look forward to in Google I/O. Since HTC was the manufacturer of the first Nexus One it is not like Google will have any issues with the build of the new lines of Nexus. Looking at it as well, the Nexus collaboration with HTC and Google seems to be more than just about paying homage to the makers of the iconic Nexus One. We believe that there is much more than that.
We also believe in HTC, they have been making brilliant smartphones before this, always have been. That is why we do hope that this HTC Google Nexus devices will turn out to be a success.
Sources: Android Police, Android Central (1)(2), Android Authority