We’ve been hearing rumors for quite a while that the next Nexus phone, or at least one of them, would be made by Chinese manufacturer Huawei. At first, many were skeptical about that since the Chinese OEM really didn’t do much in the United States, however since that initial report, there have been several more to back up that we will likely see a Huawei-made Nexus phone this fall. While it’s great on it’s own to see Google expanding the Nexus line to a new OEM, the benefits of this could go much farther than just a phone.
The Information recently made a report on the Huawei-made Nexus, and what else Google and Huawei are working on together. According to their report, this collaboration could lead to something pretty great. First of all, we could see an expansion of Google Play into China. If you weren’t aware, Google doesn’t have much of a presence in China due to the Chinese government blocking the majority of Google services, including Google Play. There’s a possibility that this Huawei Nexus would be the first in the country with the Play Store pre-loaded.
Aside from that, Google may be helping out Huawei in marketing their Huawei Watch in Western markets. The Huawei Watch was announced months ago, but reported roadblocks have prevented the release. The Huawei Watch is certainly one of the better looking Android Wear devices we’ve seen to date and it’s a real shame it hasn’t made it to market yet.
However with Google’s power teaming up with Huawei, when this watch does finally launch, it could see quite a bit of popularity. Granted, Google hasn’t done an amazing job with advertising Android Wear so far, so it should be interesting to see how this turns out.
Aside from what’s mentioned in the report, this Nexus phone could be a major step forward for Huawei in terms of entering the US market. So far the company’s presence has been very minor, but manufacturing a Nexus device could certainly give the company the attention it so desperately needs.
What are your thoughts on this? Would you be glad to see Huawei take on a Nexus phone? Or would you rather see someone else take the reins? Let us know in the comments below and let us know which Nexus you’d buy this year!