This year’s Nexus phone could come from an unlikely OEM
Look at the companies that have created Nexus-series smartphones to date: HTC, Samsung, LG, and now Motorola. All big names on the international market, and all familiar brands to smartphone shoppers in the West – particularly the US, on Google’s home turf. But now a new rumor suggests that Google could be thinking about going in a different direction for the manufacturer it partners with to build this year’s Nexus phone (which, since we clearly can’t call it the Nexus 7, has its name still up in the air), working with a Chinese OEM.
The source doesn’t say just who that might be, but it leaves us with companies like Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi, and even Lenovo to consider. That latter company is finding itself singled out as a particularly interesting target for this rumor, due to its acquisition of Motorola.
Then again, considering China’s bumpy relationship with Google and Google Play Services on Android phones sold in the country (or rather, the lack thereof), this whole notion of a Chinese Nexus handset may be a tough sell. At this point, anyway, we haven’t heard any really concrete theories for Google’s intentions for the next Nexus, so we’re willing to consider the possibility. Assuming this report is correct, is there any Chinese OEM in particular you’d really enjoy seeing make a Nexus phone?