The upcoming Nexus 2016 smartphones will flaunt some new and exclusive features of the Android OS! Well, that’s what Google CEO Sundar Pichai hinted at the Code Conference 2016.

In future, Google will “thoughtfully add more features” to its own Nexus line of smartphones. Pichai also mentioned that the search giant will still rely on third-party OEMs as far as the hardware of the smartphones is concerned.

Google’s Nexus phones are manufactured in collaboration with hardware manufacturers. Earlier this year, there were reports that Google might start imposing more control over its Nexus smartphones. This would effectively reduce dependency on partners and third-party contractors.

Supporting previous speculations, during an interview at Recode’s Code Conference, Pichai stated that going forward Google will be “more opinionated about the design of the phones.”

“You’ll see us hopefully add more features on top of Android on Nexus phones,” said Pichai. See the full interview (below) of Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the Code Conference 2016.

Video Credit- YouTube/Recode (via The Verge)

However, Pichai did not hint at any upcoming Nexus 2016 devices. Speculations suggest that Google has teamed up with HTC to release two Nexus smartphones in 2016. Moreover, there are rumors that one of the two Nexus 2016 smartphones will be similar to the much appreciated HTC 10 as indicated by Reddit posts.

One of the HTC made Nexus 2016 smartphone will be placed as a mid-range option to replace LG Nexus 5X. And the other will be a Huawei Nexus 6P successor, with top-of-the-line specs and features.

Other speculated specs of the HTC made Nexus 2016 smartphones include chamfered edges on the rear panel, dual-speaker setup, and rear-facing fingerprint reader. The upcoming Nexus smartphones are also expected to come with Android N pre-installed.

Google is yet to announce the official Android N release date. Recent reports indicate that the search giant has delayed the release of the latest Android OS to September.