Though the probability of HTC being the most likely to win Google’s annual build a Nexus program was high, reports have come out suggesting that the creation of the devices by the company is already underway.

According to the to a recent  tweet by the well-known leakster @evleaks, two Nexus devices may actually be in the works, thanks to HTC’s cooperation with Google. Apparently the two smartphones are internally dubbed as the M1 and the S1. What’s more they will also supposedly be running on Android N.

It is highly likely that these titles will stick, given that the original Nexus One was also a product by HTC.

A little while later after the tweet was posted, Android Police further corroborated this claim, adding to the name reference, saying that the two new Nexus devices are also supposedly codenamed Marlin and Sailfish.

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Google has in the past been known to refer to its Nexus devices using aquatic names, long before their release to the public. Just to mention a few examples, the Nexus 5X was codenamed Bullhead, Shamu was Nexus 6’s codename, whilst the Nexus 6P was codenamed Angler. Therefore, Marlin and Sailfish wouldn’t be very far-fetched codenames and would be perfect fit into the internal naming scheme.

Previously a report from The Information, made claims that Google intends to employ tighter measures over its Nexus line up, to make them much more in line with its Pixel device counterparts. While the construction of Nexus phones usually employs support from a third-party, it’s a different case for the Pixel devices. We are however not certain about these claims.

The HTC 10 is HTC’s latest flagship device and though it isn’t as groundbreaking as other 2016 flagship’s, it features the most minimal custom UI available. The company even went on to say that with direct collaboration with Google it has managed to cut down the number of pre-installed apps as well as unnecessary features.  Considering that HTC is already employing a lighter approach to its devices it may be the best qualified for the creation of this year’s Nexus.

Although information on this new report is scarce, it shouldn’t be too long before we find out more. Because Google is set to host its I/O conference on May 18 onwards, and the fact that it plans to release Android N in the summer, there is a high chance we know more in the coming few weeks. As with all rumors and speculations, it goes without saying that this speculation should be taken with a grain of salt.

What are your thoughts on HTC being the next Nexus creator? Let us know in the comments below.

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