HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Asus… We’ve seen various manufacturers take the Nexus reins over the years, but one thing missing from that list is a Chinese manufacturer (no, Motorola doesn’t count).
Rumour has it we can finally expect a Chinese Nexus smartphone later this year, and once again we’re told it’ll be Huawei at the helm.
The Chinese Nexus report first materialised this time last week, and at that time it was anyone’s guess who might get the coveted contract.
We figured Xiaomi would make an interesting choice, as it currently has no presence in the west, and of course former Google guy Hugo Barra just happens to be its head of global.
Meanwhile, Huawei and Lenovo took third and fourth place in global smartphone shipments last year respectively, so either of those would be a logical fit, too.
A subsequent report suggested LG and Huawei would both make Nexus smartphones later this year, but now we have “confirmation”, supposedly, that it’s exclusively the latter.
GizmoChina relays words from Kevin Yang, Director of China Research at iSuppli, who says via Weibo that it’ll be a Huawei-made Nexus, presumably debuting Android M.
We’ll sprinkle just a little salt on this for now, but given that Huawei has been linked with the Nexus brand in two independent reports, it’s looking like a distinct possibility.
It'll be interesting to see what the Huawei Nexus is called, too, incidentally. We've already had Nexus 4, 5 and 6 smartphones, and Nexus 7, 9 and 10 tablets. Nexus X, anyone?