Google Nexus smartwatch release date: two new devices expected

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Rumors have it that tech giant Google is also planning to release a new smartwatch under the Nexus branding. More so, the new smartwatch would not be alone as two models are rumored to be released, similar to what the company did for the recent duo of Nexus smartphones, the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P.

The first Nexus smartwatch is said to be a full-featured device, including support for mobile data and with Global Positioning System (GPS). The other one is expected to be a humbler, budget-type device, lacking some of the key features that the other variant is said to be having.

A source coming to Android Police  said to be “reliable,” with a confidence level of 9 out of 10 revealed the information. According to the source, the two new smartwatches from Google, with the Nexus branding on it, are codenamed “Angelfish” and “Swordfish.” Just like previous Nexus devices, these alleged smartwatches are also given aliases named after fishes. The Angelfish smartwatch is the bigger and more featured device, while the Swordfish one is the less feature-packed of the two.

The Angelfish is the “standalone” of the two, having the capability to work on its own without having to be connected to a smartphone, all thanks to its 4G LTE, heart monitor, and GPS features. The Angelfish is said to closely resemble the Moto 360 watch, only having a slightly thicker round body.

On the other hand, the Swordfish is said to resemble the more basic Pebble Time Round, but with less screen bezels on it. The watch is said to have no support for GPS and LTE, and possibly even no heart monitor.

In other news, Huawei had been recently rumored to be working on yet another Nexus device, this time as part of the upcoming and long rumored Nexus 2016 series. There is no rumored codename available for the Huawei Nexus 2016 smartphone, but speculations sparked after a photo of a device, with a model number that resembles the Huawei Nexus 6P, was leaked. If the Huawei Nexus 2016 would be counted, there are now a total of three different Nexus 2016 smartphones rumored, two of them expected to come from HTC.