New rumours have done the rounds today saying that Google and Huawei (typically pronounced as “who are we”) are collaborating on this year’s new Nexus smartphone. It’s said that the device will be launched later this year, likely in the autumn. If the rumours are indeed true, it would be the very first time a Chinese manufacturer has been selected to make the purists’ Google smartphone, free from third-party bloatware and custom skins.
Huawei to make new Nexus?
It’s definitely not the first time that Huawei has been linked to the Nexus. In fact, there have been rumours of a Huawei-made Nexus several times in the past. This year’s Nexus lineup has also been shrouded in uncertainty. There might even be a smaller, new Nexus 5 launched at the same time as the larger flagship device this time around.
In any case, a report cited today by The Verge speculates that Huawei and Google are involved in more than just releasing the 2015 Nexus. Talks are already going on for Huawei to assist Google in launching a Chinese app store. Google’s Play Store is currently severely restricted in china – developers can upload apps to sell internationally but consumers can’t download anything.
If the partnership bears fruit, a digital store would mean a huge number of Android customers would be able to get more content. In fact, more than half of the Android users in the world are based in China. If Huawei can get a new store launched with Google that passes the Chinese censors, that could be a huge revenue generating cash cow for the search giant.
In exchange for this kind of assistance in China, it’s claimed that Google will help Huawei market its smart watch in the west. But nevertheless, a Nexus phone with the Huawei logo on the back would certainly boost the company’s reputation in the US.