According to a popular Android blog which spoke to two independent sources, Google is ditching the Nexus brand name for its upcoming smartphones. The upcoming Nexus smartphones built by HTC, which were codenamed Nexus Marlin and Nexus Sailfish, will now be launched as Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
The Death of Nexus Brand?
Currently, it is unknown why Google decided to go with the Pixel brand instead of Nexus or what was the deciding factor in this transition Google phone names. Sailfish, which is said to succeed the current Nexus 5X, will now be called Pixel. So, according to the alleged leaked information of the Sailfish smartphone, Pixel smartphone will feature a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage, 2,770mAh battery, 12MP rear and 8MP front facing camera and a USB Type C port.
Pixel XL, formerly known as Marlin, will be the successor to the current Nexus 6P. According to some rumors, Pixel XL specs will include a 5.5-inch QHD display, quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, 32/128GB storage options, 3,450mAh battery, 12PM rear and 8MP front facing camera and a USB Type C port.
One of the sources told the Android blog that both the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will be marketed by Google as the first Android smartphones built by it. This seems like a longshot as there were countless rumors linking HTC with the upcoming Nexus smartphones. However, Google may have total control over the smartphone’s design and specs and HTC just as a manufacturing partner.
Price details of both Pixel and Pixel XL have not been announced but it is expected that the next Google smartphones will be released somewhere around October 4th when the 1st official update to Google Android 7.0 Nougat will rollout.