Google Nexus 2016 release date update: Latest leak claims Verizon tie-in, October launch

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Google and HTC continue to be very cagey with regard to their collaborative smartphone project, codenamed Nexus “Marlin” and “Sailfish.” Despite this, a tip suggesting that the devices may come with a special offer from Verizon Wireless come October hint that an announcement from the companies may be imminent.

Veteran information leaker Evan Blass broke the news last week via his official Twitter account. “Verizon is going to carry the two ‘Nexus’ handsets,” he wrote on social media. Furthermore, Blass also hinted that there might be a possibility that Verizon will rename the phones, however, this may be a little too farfetched, according to other media outlets that are also carefully following this story.

If the first part of Blass’s prediction turns out to be true, this would entail a slight deviation on how Google usually rolls out their smartphones. In the past, the company leaned more towards directly selling their devices to consumers without any tie-ins with cell carriers. However, the prevailing issue of users being unable to set up the Nexus devices they directly purchased from Google could be what is driving the company to partner up with mobile carriers.

As for the release date, the launch of the Verizon Nexus phone may come sometime in October with an undisclosed rollout date for other cell companies who are said to also be collaborating with Google. This definitely coincides with the supposed launch of the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. Earlier this year Google’s senior vice president for Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, said that the forthcoming software will be available this summer, however, there is still little to almost no indication that Google is gearing up for its release.

Regardless of when the Nexus phones will eventually see the light of day, the online world is lit up with numerous speculations of what consumers can expect with the handsets. Based on theories, the “Marlin” iteration will be a high-end of kind of smartphone, while the “Sailfish” would be more budget-friendly.