For a couple months now, rumors of Google’s 2016 Nexus phone lineup have been almost singular in their vision: rather than Huawei coming back for another round, or Google turning to frequent collaborator LG, multiple reports have suggested that the Nexus family could return to its roots with Google recruiting HTC to build a pair of handsets. While we haven’t seen much in the way of evidence to support that theory, it’s still managed to build up a bit of momentum, with recent reports turning their attention to possible features like a pressure-sensitive touch screen. Now the latest rumor suggests that a pair of 2016 HTC Nexus phones could be just the tip of the iceberg, and HTC many have inked a deal that will see it manufacturing Nexus phones for three years to come.
The idea of Google locking in a long-term Nexus partner is an odd one, certainly, but we’ve already heard that Google could be thinking about adjusting its level of involvement in the whole Nexus project. Perhaps the sort of hands-on role we’ve heard Google is looking to take would be better served by aligning with a partner it can work with for years to come.
Would a contract to produce future Nexus phones also see HTC come back with another Nexus tablet? The rumor’s less certain in that regard, and while it suggests that HTC certainly could come out with a follow-up to 2014’s Nexus 9, it leaves the door open that another company could build Google’s next Nexus tablet – that is, while we’re talking about an HTC-exclusivity deal, the arrangement would extend to phones and phones alone.
How do you feel about a possible HTC-only Nexus future? Would you miss the sort of variety that’s possible when Google brings fresh blood to the Nexus party? Or has Google been steering the look of Nexus phones so much already, that it matter a lot less who’s actually making the phones these days?