Taiwanese tech giant Huawei may again make a Nexus branded smartphone this year. In 2015, the company for the first time joined hands with Google to manufacture the much appreciated Huawei Nexus 6P.
In an interview with Gear Burn, Charlene Munilall, general manager of the Huawei Consumer Business Group, South Africa mentioned that the company will come up with another Nexus device this year.
“The Nexus product is a very niche product… the techies love it but there’s a very small number of people that buy it,” said Munilall.
She said by way of explaining the reason why the Nexus 6P was not released in South Africa, Munilall though further added, that “we’re doing the Nexus again this year, by the way.”
Google’s Nexus phones are manufactured in partnership with hardware manufacturers. Last year, to cater to a larger market, Google released two Nexus devices at different price points. The premium Huawei Nexus 6P along with the mid-range Nexus 5X made by LG. Previous speculations suggested that in 2016 Google has roped in HTC to make two Nexus smartphones.
According to latest rumors, HTC is reportedly working on two Nexus devices codenamed as Nexus Marlin (M1) and Nexus Sailfish (S1), running on Android N. Moreover, there are speculations that one of the two Nexus 2016 smartphones made by HTC will bear much resemblance to the latest HTC 10 smartphone.
Last week, at the Code Conference 2016, Google CEO Sundar Pichai indicated that the coming Nexus 2016 smartphones will tout new and exclusive features of the Android OS. Pichai said that Google will “thoughtfully add more features” to its own Nexus line of smartphones.
Moreover, to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet line-up, Google may team up with Huawei to bring in the next generation Pixel C. The 10.2-inch Google Pixel C sports a 10.2-inch display screen with Android Marshmallow onboard. This is the first tablet designed in-house by Google. However, there is no confirmation yet from Google.