htc nexusSo according to the rumors, Google is said to be dropping the Nexus brand for its smartphone lineup. We also know that HTC is rumored to be making two handsets for Google this year codenamed Sailfish and Marlin, so if they aren’t going to be known as Nexus devices, what will they be known as?

According to Android Police, they have learned from two independent sources that the handsets will be known as the Pixel and Pixel XL. The Pixel will be “Sailfish” while the Pixel XL will be “Marlin”, and given what we know about both devices (based on the rumors), it makes sense that they are so closely named.

According to the rumors, both handsets are expected to be largely similar in terms of hardware specs, save for some differences in screen size and possibly resolution, which is why the larger “Marlin” will be known as the Pixel XL. Plus Google has used the Pixel brand for its Pixel C tablet and Chromebooks before, so for them to start adopting it for their smartphones isn’t really that much of a stretch either.

In any case take it with a grain of salt, but Android Police has a very good track record when it comes to these things so there could be some truth to their claims, but in the meantime how do you guys feel about the Pixel and Pixel XL names for Google’s upcoming phones?

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