Google is following up last year’s Nexus devices with another duo. They’re called the Sailfish and the Marlin. And thanks to Android Police, we know what they’re bringing to the table.
Google gambled with its releases last year when it gave the 6P to Huawei and the 5X to Motorola, perhaps to see who would deliver the best device but this year they’ve given the Sailfish and the Marlin to HTC. Both devices will supposedly be based on the HTC 10 and both feature generally identical specs except for screen size and battery capacity. This is all according to the leaks released by Android Police in a rumour they claim to have a 9/10 “confidence level”.
Let’s start with Sailfish. It’s the successor to the Nexus 5X and sports a 5-inch 1080p display with 440ppi. It has a 2.0 GHz, 64-bit, Quadcore Qualcomm processor with 4 GB of RAM and a 32 GB option for storage. There’s no word on multiple storage options as of yet. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front facing camera. Sailfish features a 2770 mAh battery, a rear mounted finger print scanner, bluetooth 4.2 and a USB-C port for charging.
As for Marlin, the specs aren’t much different other than a larger 3450 mAh battery, a larger 5.5-inch 1440p screen with an AMOLED display, 534 ppi and an option for 128 GB of storage. Marlin has also been spotted on Geekbench, featuring a Quadcore processor clocking in at 1.59 GHz.
Both phones will of course run Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest Android OS, specially since it’s already been announced (right on time). As for the processor, both phones will likely contain the Snapdragon 820, the fastest processor on any Android phone at the moment. Google has adopted the standard Apple model here by keeping the specifications of both phones the same in terms of software and improving upon the hardware for the larger model.
Google is expected to announce both flagship phones around August or September to coincide with the announcements of the next iPhones.
One of the biggest problems that Google has had with Android OS is the inability to roll it out to enough devices after release. Sure, Android has a 65.58% total market share (taken from netmarketshare.com) but the largest share out of that belongs to Android 4.4 KitKat (32.5%), followed by 5.1 Lollipop (19.4%), 5.0 Lollipop (16.2%), 4.2 Jelly Bean (10%) and then 6.0 Marshmallow (7.5%). That’s abysmal, considering that over 80% of iOS users have updated to iOS 9. This is due to the fact that most phones with stock Android don’t have the ability to update to the latest version.
Another problem that Google is dealing with and something which was discussed at length at the I/O developer conference this May was security. The latest security updates aren’t being rolled out quickly enough to enough Android users. In an article from Android Authority, Gal Beniamini, member of Qualcomm Product Security’s Hall of Fame suggested buying only Samsung and Nexus phones to ensure security. Considering that there are literally dozens of other phones out there that use the Android OS, that is a sad reality check.
Google needs to fix that pronto. Most users stick to their phones for more than a year and a lot can happen during that time in terms of software. Either updates should be released to all Android users or Samsung and Nexus phones need to dominate the market a lot more.