2016 Nexus Smartphones Dubbed As HTC M1 And S1 Internally; No Information On Launch Date

As we head along a slow 2016, there's little news on what to expect on the gadget front in the upcoming months. With the only launches remaining now being the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy Note 6, things are moving along as expected. On the Android side of things, we're also waiting for this year's Nexus upgrades from Google's end, as the software giant showed renewed interest in the lineup last year. With the launch of the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X, Google wanted a larger piece of the smartphone pie last year, and if current word on the rumor mill turns out to be correct, then we might get a similar approach this year.

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Google To Launch Two Nexus Devices This Year As Information On HTC's Involvement Resurfaces

When it comes to this year's Nexus launch, we've been hearing quite a bit from the rumor mill over the past couple of months. The first of such claims surfaced three months back, with sources claiming that this time it would be HTC with Nexus manufacturing rights. Soon after, some more information surfaced on the matter, which claimed that the Taiwanese manufacturer had managed to secure three years of Nexus rights from Google, which spelled out some good news for the company's fans all around.

Now, as things should start to heat up for summer, serial tipster Evan Blass is back, this time with some more information about HTC and Google's partnership for this year's Nexus launches. According to Blass, there will be two devices this year as well on the Nexus front and these have been internally dubbed as the Nexus M1 and the Nexus S1. Two devices this year mean that Google's looking to separate the Nexus lineup once again in terms of cost, an approach that the company started when the 2014 Nexus was criticized by several quarters as coming with a heavy price tag.

As a manufacturer, HTC's been in recovery mode for quite a while, especially after the company's infamous launch of the HTC One M9 last year. The One M9 was a well designed device featuring all the usual flagship specifications, including the Snapdragon 810. While other manufacturers including the likes of LG and Samsung chose to skip over the processor in their 2015 flagship smartphone launches, HTC didn't and the manufacturer was soon made to release quick updates to solve the SoC's overheating issues.

But that was all last year, and fortunes appear to be great for HTC as we head towards summer. The HTC 10 hasn't come up with any issues so far and Blass is well known for his sources inside the industry. As things move forward, more should surface on this year's alleged Nexus launches from HTC so stay tuned for the latest updates and let us know what you think in the comments section below.


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