HP wanted to make a business-focused Nexus model
What’s the next batch of Nexus hardware going to look like? If we’re buying the latest rumors, we could be in store for an HTC tablet, as well as maybe a Motorola phone, though one more on the phablet-sized end of the spectrum. In the past, companies like HTC, Samsung, LG, and ASUS have contributed to the Nexus lineup, but now a new report sheds some light on a Nexus model that never sounds like it got past the idea stage, as HP tried to convince Google that we needed a Nexus model for business users.
The story emerges as part of a larger report on efforts between HP and Google to use the voice-powered backbone of Google Now to give business customers quick access to company info, including documents and various types of data, like financial and inventory figures. While that conversation with HP has reportedly ended, Google may find another partner with which to realize this project – then again, it may not, and we don’t get the sense here that this was a particularly high-priority endeavor.
As for the Nexus, word is that HP was interested in building a Nexus model that would incorporate features enterprise users would seek out, like powerful hardware encryption to keep trade secrets secure. Apparently there was quite a bit of internal resistance to this idea at Google, and from Andy Rubin in particular. Then again, we’ve got new Android leadership in place by now, so it’s not inconceivable that Google might end up reconsidering the value of a “business Nexus” one day, especially with possibly-canceled Android Silver plans and the idea of “what makes a Nexus phone” in flux.