Google Nexus 2016 release date, features: unlimited Google Photo backup; Huawei to produce handsets

(Huawei)A promotional photo of Google Nexus 6P from Huawei

Google's feature mobile phone, initially named as Nexus 2016, will boast an array of features including an unlimited Google Photo backup.

Although Google Photo's current version has the same unlimited backup capability, the said application automatically optimizes images and videos that are stored within its index without exceeding Google account's storage limit. However, the new version will keep the original size and quality of the media files stored.

This update is suited for smartphone camera users who love to take and save pictures or even 4K videos on their mobile phones.

As of the moment, both Nexus 5X and 6P have the same 12-megapixel camera and speculations of a 16-megapixel back and an 8-megapixel front shooter for the Nexus 2016 has yet to be confirmed.

It was earlier speculated that HTC will be making Google's feature phone, but Huawei's name emerged when reports stated that Huawei will be making two phones for the search engine giant.

In an interview with GearBurn, Huawei's general manager for the Consumer Business Group in South Africa Charlene Munilall said, "The Nexus product is a very niche product ... the techies love it, but there's a very small number of people that buy it. Hence, Cellucity only brought 300 ... into the country," She further explained, "The operators generally don't take up the Nexus device. That said, the distributors, our open market, do bring in the device, that's how Cellucity got it ... and that will still be the same this year. We're doing the Nexus again this year, by the way."

If this will push through, the next feature phone from Google will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 chip and up to 4 GB of random access memory.

Google remained quiet about the release date of the phone, but reports suggest it will have an August release, just in time for the Android N announcement.

There are also indications that the much-awaited phone from Google will be released in that time frame as its predecessor, the Google Nexus 6P can now be bought at a special discount.

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