Not just for this year, but HTC could develop Nexus phones for next 3 years
HTC was earlier rumoured to produce a couple of new Nexus smartphones for this year. But a new report has emerged suggesting a deal between Google and HTC for developing Nexus phones for the next three years.
Google considered HTC as its hardware partner for developing the Nexus 9 in 2014. Although the tablet hadn’t performed well against the Apple iPad Pro, the search giant is now in the news for expanding its partnership with the Taiwanese company.
If we believe a report by Chinese website MyDrivers, Google has already signed an agreement with HTC to enable manufacturing of new Nexus smartphones for the next three years. The companies haven’t revealed any details through their official channels. However, this could be a strategic decision to grow the presence of Nexus lineup in the competitive market of Android smartphones.
Last year, Google brought the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and LG-made Nexus 5X. While Huawei is likely to continue its partnership for developing some new Nexus models, LG already moved all its focus towards its G5 flagship.
Some initial reports have suggested that HTC is already set to launch two new Nexus phones later this year. These new handsets are claimed to have pressure sensitive technology similar to Apple’s 3D Touch. Also, the new models are likely to run on Android N out of the box.
Apart from developing new models for Google, HTC is quite busy in preparing the launch of its new flagship smartphone. This would be called the HTC 10.
As a successor to the last year’s One M9, the HTC 10 will sport high-end hardware that includes a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and a Nexus 6P’s 12-megapixel primary camera sensor. The flagship would be unveiled would go on sale in May.
All eyes at Google I/O 2016
Meanwhile, Google has already scheduled its I/O 2016 where it would formally announce its deal with HTC and reveal future of its Nexus lineup. The three-day developer conference will be held at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Moutain View, California starting May 18.