Google Nexus 2016 release date, specs rumors: rumored changes on the home screen

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Google changed its approach to its premium line of Android-powered devices, the Nexus, this year. While there has been quite a few rumors that the company is likely going to build its own Nexus next year without the help of a second firm, the focus right now is the HTC-made Nexus, which is reportedly delivering two variants codenamed “Sailfish” and “Marlin.”

According to a BGR report, the American tech giant took another direction by deciding to update its existing line of Nexus devices to the new Android 7.0 Nougat mobile operating system a few weeks from now. This is in stark contrast to the tradition of waiting it out until the fall. But what does it mean for the Google Nexus 2016 handsets? Will they be released sooner or will current models get more time to experience the Nougat?

Regardless of the release date, whether or not it’s going to be this month or at the year’s end, what’s certain is that both devices are already set for a massive launch. And to make things a bit more interesting, Android Police claims that the new Nexus smartphones are likely going to be wearing major innovations on the home screen. The site said that “reliable sources” revealed to them that a redesigned home screen is expected, more specifically on the app drawer and several other key features. The same report noted that there no longer will be an app launcher button that’s usually seen on the bottom part of the screen. Although it isn’t a new concept for Android-based devices, it will be the first time for a Nexus to do away with the app launcher button.

Nonetheless, the app drawer isn’t really gone for good, only the app launcher button. So what happens instead is that the user will still get to the app drawer, this time, in two different ways. First, by swiping up at the bottom of the screen and second, by tapping on a small arrow that appears above the app dock.

These changes in the latest Nexus devices deserve a look once both are released, but eager fans of the Google Nexus will just have to wait a little longer.