Nexus 2016 release date, specs rumors: Reportedly to launch in August alongside Android N

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Speculations suggest that the new generation device from Google, Nexus 2016, may be released sometime in August in the same release window as the next operating system, Android N.

According to Yibada, during the recent I/O Developers Conference 2016 event, Google’s Vice President of Engineering Dave Bucker reportedly announced that the firmware will become available in the late summer. This leads to assumptions that smartphones made by the tech giant may also be unveiled similar to previous releases done by the company.

Google has been rolling out builds of the mobile OS every month until the official release, with the first one back in March and the last one predicted to be dropped sometime in late July. If this comes to fruition, the new Nexus phone may make its debut in the following month and will be the first ever device to be equipped with it.

When it comes to the model, mixed reports claims that the gadget may either be an improved version of the Nexus 7 or potential follow-up iterations to Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The specifications are believed to be 5-inch display for the 5X’s sequel and a larger 7-inch screen for the 6P. Both will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processing unit, combined with 4GB RAM. The capacity of the base storage remains to be seen, but the memory is expected to be expandable via microSD card slot that allows up to a possible 2TB space.

There is also no confirmation yet if Google will collaborate with another manufacturing company for the hardware although there are suggestions that they may team up with Taiwan-based HTC again. The two developed the Nexus One and Nexus 9 previously which was well-received by Nexus fans.

Renowned tipster Evan Blass took it to Twitter to share that HTC is working on new Android N gadgets, “HTC is building a pair of Android N devices for Google internally dubbed M1 and S1 #nexus.” The codenames are believed to stand for Marlin and Sailfish respectively.

However, since there are no official words yet from either Google or HTC, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.