New Google Nexus phones could be released by Verizon without the Nexus name

New Google Nexus phones could be released by Verizon without the Nexus name
Later this year, probably in September or October, Google will likely release two new Nexus smartphones. Currently codenamed Marlin (5.5 inch model) and Sailfish (5 inch, or maybe 5.2 inch model), the new devices are reportedly made by HTC, which thus returns to building Nexus phones after last doing it in 2009 - 2010 (Nexus One).

While we're pretty certain that the upcoming Nexus phones will be widely available around the world, we haven't heard anything about carrier availability - until today. According to renowned industry insider Evan Blass (also known as @evleaks), Verizon Wireless will carry the two new handsets at some point, though there seems to be a catch here. Evan Blass suggests that Verizon may rename the phones: they might not even have the word "Nexus" in their names. Obviously, it wouldn't be the first time when Verizon is rebranding smartphones (the carrier's Moto Droids are a perfect example to illustrate this). Another thing that Evan Blass could be suggesting is the fact that Verizon's variants of the Nexus handsets won't really offer a stock Android experience, perhaps coming with some of the carrier's own apps (bloatware?) pre-installed.

Just like last year's Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, both new Nexus devices should have fingerprint scanners on the back (and these may come with a pretty cool new swipe gesture that lets you quickly check notifications). Another similarity could be related to the construction of the phones: it's said that the larger one - Marlin - will be built out of metal, while the smaller model - Sailfish - should be a plastic one. Needless to say, both new devices will run Android 7.0 Nougat at launch.

Regardless of what Verizon might end up calling them, are you excited about this year's Nexus phones?
  

source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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11 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I hate Verizon. Largest carrier with the overall best network, but really bs policies when it comes to devices. The only OEM that can stand up to them is Apple and it's getting ridiculous. I would rather pay more for the universally unlocked model than pay Verizon a dime to use a butchered nexus.

2. JC557

Posts: 1913; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Pretty much considering what happened with the Galaxy Nexus, though that was a pretty bad phone all around and not just Verizon's version. Hopefully the unlocked/unbranded model would be like the 6P in that it still supports Verizon's network without the bloat and mutilated stock android.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4050; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Hopefully they don't get it at all, they butcher everything they touch. When will these idiot carriers realize that no one uses their bloatware and they would probably save a lot of money not making crap apps which end up delaying updates and pissing customers off

4. Subie

Posts: 2227; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

In other words: Verizon will have to change the name because the phone won't really be a Nexus.

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1730; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

If Verizon renames them, and controls the updates, these aren't nexus phones. Just like the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon never received the 4.3 update, these fake nexus devices will be months behind on updates. Everyone is better off buying unlocked devices.

6. stO_obs

Posts: 10; Member since: May 22, 2014

Let's just hope this is an indicator that all carriers will get the phone. I was really disappointed I couldn't get the 6p through T-Mobile last year. I have a really nice grandfathered account and don't foresee moving to Fi anytime soon.

7. Skidro13

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 27, 2010

With a quick root and a case this phone will be indistinguishable from a regular 2016 nexus. I have to keep that unlimited Verizon plan forever.

8. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Is it likely I will be able to buy an unlocked version on Google.com and then bring it to Verizon and have them activate it? Or will they only activate store bought models?

10. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 370; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Just pop your activated Sim into the device and you're good to go. No need to go into a Verizon store. I'll give them my money for their service as it's the best I've ever used. I'm not giving them money for any devices. I'd rather buy them directly from the manufacturer or pay outright from a Best Buy or something.

9. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 370; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Verizon is pissed with how many of us are using unlocked Nexus 6's and 6P's on their network and they want to put a stop to it. I'm still going to buy the unlocked Nexus and pop my Sim inside. I haven't bought a phone directly from Verizon since my HTC Thunderbolt lol.

11. BlahPhoneblah

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

Verizon has no control over Nexus 6P or 5x as far as tethering goes. Your phone shows up as unbranded, you can tether using the Nexus mobile hotspot, etc. That's not such a big deal since they neutered ULtd Data plans but that could be one financial reason to do this.

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