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HTC Nexus Marlin and Sailfish may launch on 4 October

In recent days there has been been growing talk around both Android 7.0 Nougat and Google’s 2016 Nexus smartphones. Now reports have emerged that the hardware could launch on 4 October, which would be a similar time of the year to other recent Nexus handsets.

The latest news comes courtesy of Droid Life, but it will disappoint those who were hoping for an earlier launch this year.

The first developer preview of Android Nougat arrived sooner than many had been anticipating. And this will likely follow through to a relatively early launch of the full version of the operating system, which could be released sometime this month.

However, this leaves open the possibility of Google giving Android Nougat its debut, without any new hardware to demonstrate its capabilities.

This week LG announced that in September they are going to launch the first smartphone to have Android Nougat ‘out of the box’. And the device in question is not Nexus hardware.

As Droid Life has pointed out, there is a whole range of existing Google hardware that could be used to show off Android Nougat, including the Nexus 5X and Pixel C.

It is also possible that Huawei may launch a 2016 edition of the Nexus 6P, which could be unveiled alongside Android Nougat.

Another option for Google would be to use prototypes of its 2016 hardware – which is expected to be the HTC Nexus Marlin and HTC Nexus Sailfish – when it comes to demonstrating Android Nougat.

Whilst HTC may not yet be able to start production of the two smartphones, they are thought to have been under development for some months now. It is therefore possible that the HTC Nexus Marlin and HTC Nexus Sailfish could be used during a presentation, even if they are not made available to the press for testing.

Another option that Google could chose would be to soft launch Android Nougat. There may not be a big announcement to the press – instead, details could be posted online before the new OS starts rolling out to existing hardware.

[via Droid Life]