A rumour has begun that HTC is currently working on a pair of Nexus devices; which are internally referred to as the S1 and M1 by Google. There is little to corroborate the information but, considering that the source of the rumour happens to be @evleaks, there may be a kernel of truth to it.
Little else is known about the potential Nexus devices, aside from the internal names. That being said, AndroidPolice believe that the smartphones are also codenamed Sailfish and Marlin. The tech site has shared a screenshot of a code review tool supposedly used by Qualcomm engineers which clearly makes a reference to a device called Marlin. It, however, declined to reveal where it got information on Sailfish.
The supposed codenames are not entirely out of place for Nexus devices. The working names for the Nexus 6P and 5X were “Angler” and “Bullhead”, while the Nexus 6 was referred to as “Shamu”. It looks like the Nexus team likes its aquatic themed codenames, which would explain Sailfish and Marlin.
It wouldn’t be surprising that Google has decided to switch manufacturer for its Nexus devices yet again, as the company has a history of letting its partners take turns to build the flagship smartphones. However, it will definitely be a win for HTC if the rumour turns out to be true.
The Taiwanese company has struggled for relevancy in the smartphone market, and getting hold of the next two Nexus devices could be just what it needs to regain lost ground.