There are already several reports that Google and Huawei are teaming up for a phablet-sized Nexus device this fall. Yesterday The Information‘s Amir Efrati added his inside confirmation to these rumors. At this point it is hard to imagine that we won’t see a Huawei Nexus this year. The report itself doesn’t offer many new details on the hardware, but does mention that the Huawei Nexus release may coincide with Google Play Store app availability in China. This strategy makes perfect sense; Huawei is one of the largest Chinese smartphone manufacturers and would help Google promote the Play Store launch. Currently, Chinese developers can sell apps on Google Play, but cannot use many popular Play Services due to Chinese government restrictions.
Efrati has a pretty good record with Google-related rumors, so this report is definitely an interesting find. I’m considering the Huawei Nexus a safe bet at this point. We also expect to see a smaller LG-manufactured Nexus device as well. The Huawei Nexus should open the floodgates for other Chinese companies like Xiaomi to begin selling their affordable flagship phones in the US. I recently took at look at the Huawei P8 Lite and was incredibly impressed, check out my review video above if you’re anxious to see what the company is all about. I’m definitely ready for some new blood in the US smartphone arena. Who else is excited for Nexus season?
Source: The Information
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