With Android Nougat officially released, the new Nexus smartphones must be just around the corner, right? Not so fast. It turns out Google could be waiting to launch the devices, code-named Marlin and Sailfish, later this fall after releasing an Android 7.1 update.

The news comes from Android Police managing editor David Ruddock, who’s led much of the leaking on the rumored Nexus Marlin and Sailfish. He recently revealed on Twitter that the new devices won’t arrive until Google’s first Nougat maintenance release (Android 7.1), which we already know is set to hit this fall.


It’s unclear exactly when Android 7.1 and the new Nexus phones will arrive, but Ruddock adds that we won’t necessarily have to wait a full three months. Google is already testing Android 7.1 in the wild, according to multiple reports. We hope that means we won’t have to wait too much longer for the official release, though it could easily be another month or longer.

The Marlin and Sailfish are expected to feature a special Nexus launcher, which could be included in the Android 7.1 update, and it might also add Google Assistant integration. That should give the new Nexus phones an extra allure, even if they aren’t the first phones to ship running Android Nougat.