Android 5.1/5.0 Lollipop OS updates are on the way for LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy A5. Reuters/Kena Betancur

Google is reportedly using a different playbook for its Nexus 2015 project and Android fans can very well expect the rollout of two versions later this year. The device will likely debut with the Android Lollipop replacement, known for now as Android M.

From the giant Nexus 6 in 2014, Google will unpack two models this year, according to BGR. One variant is said to sport a 5.2-inch screen profile that obviously is a downscale from the 5.9-inch Nexus that Motorola had delivered last year. For this model, LG is Google’s hardware partner.

A phablet-size Nexus phone is also in the works, the BGR report added, noting that its information was courtesy of Android blogger Artem Russakovskii. Russakovskii claimed in a blog post that for the larger Nexus Huawei of China will be in charge. The manufacturer is tasked to produce a 5.7-inch version.

Two Nexus phones

Notably, the report highlighted the likelihood that Google will unleash two Nexus models in one rollout move. Providing a relatively smaller edition will likely appeal to a great number of Nexus fans that were turned off by the super-sized Nexus 6, the blogger said.

And with two Nexus variants, Google is colliding head-on with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that Apple had unpacked in late 2014. The two devices are expected to be refreshed later this 2015, mostl likely mirroring the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen profiles seen last year.

The Nexus partners

In upgrading its mobile device offerings, Google is rumored to rely on two familiar names LG from South Korea and Huawei. LG is no stranger to the Nexus world as the company had previously built the Nexus 4 and 5 in 2012 and 2013, respectively. For the smaller Nexus 2015, the Korean firm is supposed to repurpose its current flagship, the LG G4, and port the majority of its specs and features into a pure Android device.

As for Huawei, the giant Chinese firm is expected to mostly replicate what the smaller Nexus phone will serve. But according to Gizmo China, two things will make the Huawei Nexus quite distinct from LG’s take. The phone will have an OLED display panel that Samsung will supply and its main engine is the Snapdragon 810 chip, while the LG Nexus will likely be fired up by the Snapdragon 808, the blog report added.

Android M

Like the Nexus builds before it, the Nexus 2015 is also tipped to debut Google’s mobile operating system that for the moment is being referred to as Android M. Prior to its release date later in the year, Google is likely to give preview of the OS through its annual I/O Developers Conference that will kick in May 28 in San Francisco.

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