Like every year, stock Android fans from all over the world are looking forward to seeing a new Nexus device this fall. Or better said, devices, since Google will once again release two of them, just like they did in 2015. The good news is that this year, they’re not going to showcase just smartphones, as two Nexus smartwatches are also in the works!
Code-named Angelfish and Sowrdfish, the two smartwatches will be the first to run Google’s new Android 2.0 platform and have just been spotted in a render provided by reliable sources, meaning that they can help us make an idea about their final design.
According to the folks over Android Police, citing an “extremely confident” source, the Nexus Angelfish will be the premium model, measuring 14 mm in thickness and 43.5 in diameter, featuring LTE, GPS, a heart rate monitor and, of course, a larger watch face. The wearable will also work as a standalone device, meaning that you can use the native apps that come with Android Wear 2.0.
Moving on to the Swordfish model, it is expected to be a more affordable model, with a basic notification system. It will measure 42 mm in diameter and just 10.6 mm in thickness. However, its biggest plus is the compatibility with Google’s interchangeable MODE bands, while the same thing can be said about the Angelfish model.
As a side note, we already know Google’s Nexus strategy, consisting in launching two smartphones: a cheaper model, like last year’s Nexus 5X, and a premium model – the 6P. Apparently, they will be following the same path this year, with both smartphones being accompanied by a smartwatch. Of course, this doesn’t mean that if you buy 2016’s premium Nexus you won’t be able to use it with the Swordfish…
Finally, we don not know anything about the price or a potential launch date. However, if we’re allowed to take a wild guess, we presume that the two Nexus smartwatches will be unveiled near the end of the year, if not early 2017, a few weeks/months after Google will introduce the two new smartphones.