Rumor: Verizon Might Rename Google's Upcoming Nexus Devices

Each year, Internet giant Google will release a device or two for its Nexus lineup. What people love about Nexus phones is that it comes with the latest version of Android and its software will be stock Android. Furthermore, Nexus devices are always the first few to receive the latest versions of Android usually via an Over-The-Air (OTA) update. This year, Google is expected to release two new Nexus devices in either September or October, and are codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. Marlin is rumored to sport a 5-inch display while Sailfish is rumored to spot a larger 5.5-inch display. Both devices are reportedly made by HTC. While it is most likely that both upcoming Nexus devices will be available for purchase around the globe once it is released, no one knew anything about these devices being available on carries, until now.

According to Evan Blass or more commonly referred to as @evleaks, Verizon Wireless will be carrying the two Nexus devices once it is available. Evan Blass is a tipster from inside the industry with usually accurate leaks. However, Evan Blass suggested in a tweet that the two devices might not even carry the Nexus branding and will likely be renamed by Verizon. If this does happen, it wouldn't be the first time Verizon renames devices. The carrier has done this multiple times especially with devices from Motorola, such as the carriers Moto Droids. Through the tweet, Evan Blass could also be suggesting that Verizon's variants of the new Nexus devices will not be offering a totally stock Android experience and may come with some of the carriers own apps pre-installed.

If Verizon does carry the Nexus devices this year, it will not be the only carrier to do so as Sprint is also rumored to carry the Nexus Marlin once it is released. Last years Nexus 5X and 6P were not available on any carriers and was instead sold directly to consumers through the Google Store as well as other online shopping sites like Amazon. Do take note that these are merely rumors and should be taken with a pinch of salt until further confirmation from the likes of Google or the two carriers mentioned.

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