The Nexus line of phones from Google has been relatively successful thus far, which is why the 2016 additions have been highly anticipated. However, it seems like that search giant has other plans for what were expected to be the 2016 Nexus phones -- the HTC Sailfish and the HTC Marlin.
According to NDTV, Google is gearing up to release its own set of smartphones, specifically branded under the company. And while the publication claims that the handset will be released in September and to various different locations, the specific markets and dates are still unclear.
Furthermore, it was claimed that the two Google devices would come in 5-inch and 5.5-inch variants, as well as 32 GB and 128 GB options. This sounds exactly like the two Nexus phones, the HTC Sailfish and the HTC Marlin. However, the publication is adamant that a pair of Google-branded handsets will be released next month.
BGR adds that both units will run on Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box, as well as Google Assistant.
Other details are still unknown at this point, but both units are expected to be premium devices that will provide a great overall experience. And because of its expected release, the units are expected to go head-to-head against Apple's iPhone 7, which is also expected to release in September. However, it is also likely that the Google smartphones will hurt Samsung's sales.
Earlier this year, there were also reports that a Chinese company would be making the 2016 Nexus phones. It is thereby possible that the HTC Sailfish and the HTC Marlin, which are manufactured by a Taiwanese company, will be the Google branded devices. This could change the whole game of Google, despite the rumors having spread so vastly and quickly -- so much so that they were taken as truth.