There are some rumors flying around that HTC has inked a three year deal with Google in order to manufacture some of the latter’s next generation models of its Nexus smartphones. Purportedly, a couple of new Nexus smartphone offerings are underway this year, codenamed as the M1 and the S1.
Considering that these rumors have just surfaced fairly recently, not much is known about HTC’s involvement -- the deal could be for two smartphones, or a smartphone and a tablet device. In light of the not so warm reception of the latest tablet releases from the Taiwanese mobile giant, Android fans might be hoping that HTC stick to producing smartphones for Google this time.
Google tapping HTC for its next round of Nexus devices is quite a surprise, especially with the impressive run Google just had with other phone makers such as Motorola (for the Nexus 6), LG (for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 5X devices), and even Huawei (for the Nexus 6P). Moreover, it does not help that HTC’s recent smartphone offerings have not been quite the hits that the phone maker hoped they would be. Take the HTC One M9 for instance -- released in April of last year, the flagship device had decent specifications, but was sorely lacking in terms of the quality of its camera (the Moto X Play, a midrange handset, had better camera specs).
Obviously, HTC is looking to recover from its disappointing releases last year. The introduction of the new HTC 10 was certainly a step in the right direction for the Taiwan based phone maker. Learning from the mistakes of the One M9, HTC outfitted its HTC 10 smartphone with the things that mattered to mobile users, i.e. a better camera, an enhanced user interface, and features that are actually useful.
A Google-HTC marriage would surely generate excitement for Android fans. With the Nexus 6P, Huawei released the first ever all metal Nexus smartphone. This particular device was cool and all, but HTC has been doing this for years now with its flagship devices. In other words, it is safe to say that HTC is better at this all metal sort of thing based on experience alone. And with Google taking care of the software side, the upcoming HTC Nexus devices will almost certainly deliver. And it helps that HTC and Google have done this before -- they partnered in building the Nexus One smartphone in 2010 as well as the Nexus 9 tablet in 2014.
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