HTC is reportedly building the next Nexus smartphones, which are codenamed Sailfish and Marlin. They’re supposed to come with similar specs, but different body sizes and materials, as the first variant is smaller (5.2-inch) and it’s made of plastic, while the latter is a phablet (5.5-inch) with a metallic body. However, new rumors are surfacing online and they suggest that both devices will feature an animated home button.
If rumors will prove to be true, then the home button on the Nexus 2016 will have a home button with four colored dots and when long pressing on it, users will set off the animation. Also, if Google Now will be disabled, the four colored dots will disappear as well, which clearly suggests that there will be a strong connection between the animated button and Google Now.
For now, it’s uncertain if the older Nexus devices will get this feature once Android 7.0 Nougat will start rolling out, or if the animated home button will be exclusive for the Nexus 2016 devices.
Now, when long pressing on the home button, owners of older Nexus smartphones are setting off Google Now on Tap. Using Google Assistant, users will make searches and receive answers to questions without having to repeat the name of a person or a place, which has to do with the original questions. So, when asking who the President of the US is, Google Now will respond: Barack Obama, but Assistant will allow users to follow up with “How many terms did he serve”, so they will be able to ask a new question related to Obama’s mandate.
Recently, the specs of the Sailfish Nexus phone have been spotted on the GFXBench graphics testing benchmark database, and it seems that the smaller variant will be powered by a 2.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad core processor with four cores, which will be backed by an Adreno 30 GPU and 4GB of RAM, and will have an internal memory of 32GB. The primary camera will support 12MP and the selfie camera will be 8MP. Both of them will shoot videos in 4K.
Marlin could receive the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, which scored 4969 points multi-core. This hardware configuration would make the Nexus 2016 phablet weaker than the Galaxy S7, but more powerful than the iPhone 6s Plus.