In 2015, Google tied up with two of the leading smartphones manufacturers Huawei and LG to make its own Nexus-branded smartphones, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X respectively. This year, the search giant is yet again rumored to team up with two OEMs for making the Google Nexus 2016 smartphones. However, the tech giant has not yet thrown any light on the Nexus 2016 release date.

There are rumors that Google will join hands with both HTC and Huawei to manufacture its Nexus 2016 smartphones, as reported by Know Your Mobile. At the Code Conference 2016, Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirmed that the company will continue to depend on third-party hardware manufacturers for making the hardware of the upcoming Nexus smartphones. He also mentioned that in 2016, Google may consider adding more Android features to its own Nexus 2016 smartphones.

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has long been speculated to make two Nexus 2016 smartphones that are believed to succeed the LG-made Google Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P. The upcoming Nexus smartphones are also expected to come with pre-installed Android N. Android N may arrive with support for pressure-sensitive display technology, just like Apple’s 3D Touch.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, Charlene Munilall, general manager of the Huawei Consumer Business Group, South Africa confirmed that the company will make another Nexus smartphone this year.

The recent promotional discounts on Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X has fuelled rumors that Google may soon launch the Google Nexus 2016 smartphone line-up. Prevailing speculations hint at possible August launch. The company is yet to announce the official release date.

One thing is for sure that Google Nexus 2016 smartphones will bring in Android N out-of-the-box. Google has already released three developer previews of Android N to date. Two more builds are expected to arrive in the month of June and July respectively, before the release of the final version of the software in August.