It looks like the Nexus name is dying a death. Reports are suggesting that Google is going to be hosting an event on October 4th, at which we will see the new HTC-built Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL announced. Those phones are currently under their code names of Marlin and Sailfish respectively. The new naming convention will mean that across all hardware types – phones, tablets and Chromebooks – there is one name to remember and will likely have some sort of suffix designation for the model.
What is interesting is that the name “Pixel” has been associated with Google as being the designer of the product. Take the Pixel C or the Pixel Chromebook as an example. While Google may not have built those devices, they had a very heavy hand in their design. Is that the case for the Pixel and Pixel XL phones? leaked mock-ups suggest no. The Marlin (Pixel) device looks strikingly like the HTC built One A9. While it may have different innards, outward appearances don’t suggest Google did the design.