We have been knowing for a while that that Google is readying not one, but two new Nexus smartphones, both manufactured by HTC and codenamed "Marlin" and "Salifish".
We also remind you that sales of the Nexus handsets are declining, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 continues to be the best pick in the mobile market. Usually, Google announces a new version of its Android operating system, together with new Nexus smartphones, which are actually the first to come with the new OS out of the box.
What that different experience will entail remains to be seen, but it certainly adds plenty of intrigue to the launch of this year's handsets.
Similar to last year's Nexus 5X and 6P - built under Google's supervision by LG and Huawei, respectively - this year's Nexus sequel is planned to come in a pair. Then again, if you are already invested in Apple's apps, Nougat's new option might help. However, till this time, update to Android 7.0 Nougat only reserved for those above mentioned Samsung handsets.
Rumors have been circulating for months about a new 5 inch phone code-named "Sailfish" and a 5.5 inch model code-named "Marlin". Although this feature was available in the past on Samsung and LG smartphones, Google is now making it a permanent feature with Android 7.0 Nougat. We really hope that Google will consider these features for the next phones. In a conversation with Re/Code and Verge's Walt Mossberg, Pichai said they will be investing more effort into their Nexus smartphones.
Android 7.0 Nougat comes with many new features. Let's just hope the new Google phones will inherit this particular trait, even if vanilla Android is going away.
Watch Android 7.0 Nougat review below. Leaks have pointed to the a new Nexus Launcher for these devices, a name that will probably change at launch.