Huawei Nexus confirmed along with Huawei-Google partnership

We’ve heard at least two claims about a potential Huawei-Google lineup for the next Nexus, and another report this morning coming from The Information confirms the same. A Huawei-Google partnership will prove to be beneficial for both companies.

Huawei has had a rough time putting a dent into US sales, particularly because of hostile relations between China and the US. At one point, Huawei was forced to respond to claims that its phones were being used as tools to spy on American citizens. Even when Apple launched the iPhone on China Mobile, the Chinese government ruled that the iPhone was risky on security because of the American National Security Agency’s spying efforts. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden testified that the NSA is worse than many intelligence agencies worldwide, and he still contends to this day that certain cloud services in the US are tools of the government’s “prying eyes.”

Google is thrown in the mix, too. While Snowden has more than spoken his mind on the problems with the NSA (for whom he once worked), more Americans distrust Google than the NSA, according to various surveys, which makes the Nexus a no-go for many Americans. While Americans often choose between Samsung and Apple as their favorite manufacturers, Google could have some success in China that it may never have in the US – which makes this partnership well-timed.

If Huawei does produce the next Nexus, it’ll be the first time in Nexus history that a Chinese manufacturer has ever made the “pure Android” smartphone. Adding to the excitement is the fact that Huawei may not only make Nexus history, but that it would ease the tensions between the US and China on a microcosmic level – that is, Huawei would serve as a way for Google to launch its device in China and calm suspicions about American devices (a success that Apple still hasn’t achieved).

Even now, despite Android developers in China that sell their apps internationally via the Play Store, Google’s Play Store has limited functionality for Chinese users: they cannot download apps from the most used App Store of the three major operating systems. Google’s partnership with Huawei would help the Play Store launch in major fashion in China, which would also be a first. In exchange for Huawei’s help in China, Google would help market Huawei’s Android Wear smartwatch in the US, alongside of the Huawei Nexus. Huawei has high expectations to break through the Samsung-Apple duopoly in America and become a top contender for smartphone users.

As for the Huawei Nexus, Shenzhen Huaqiang Electronics Research Institute analyst Jiutang Pan says that it will feature a 5.7-inch display with a Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440p) screen resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. As for the design, rumors say that the Huawei Nexus will take its inspiration from the Huawei Ascend Mate 8. The Huawei Nexus will run Android M, Google’s upcoming major Android update, and could feature fingerprint authentication and an SD card slot – since both of these features are now supported in Android M according to Google’s I/O announcement in late May. You can expect this historic Huawei smartphone to arrive on the market this Fall.


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  1. kawamase
    July 10, 2015

    good stuff

  2. jolo
    July 10, 2015


  3. Nithin K Jose
    July 11, 2015


  4. Steven Fox
    July 11, 2015

    Ah, Qualcomm are really pushy with their SD810. Why not wait for S820 and release then? Should be in the next 6 months, or use the Kirin 950?
    Would rather buy S801 than 810.

  5. James
    July 11, 2015

    Given the poor performance of Kirin processors and their pathetic GPUs, this is going to be the shittiest Nexus ever. No gaming, and stuttery user experience.

  6. Andrew P
    July 11, 2015

    Nexus 6 was kind of disappointment because of it’s price, I assume things will change with Huawei.

  7. sinnerz2000
    July 11, 2015

    Kirin 950 would be interesting

  8. Alexandro
    July 11, 2015

    This is anything but confirmed

  9. shaker
    July 11, 2015

    Hurrah for Huawei! Just give us your best. Not the junk you send to N. American.

  10. Simon
    July 11, 2015

    So i’m assuming this is the 2nd generation Nexus 6 ?

  11. njren
    July 11, 2015

    “Google’s partnership with Huawei would help the Play Store launch in major fashion in China, which would also be a first.”

    Not gonna happen. And not “a first”.

    • Vlada
      July 13, 2015

      Exactly. It is not that Google is not willing to open their Play Store but China boycotts Google, because they are not willing to help the communists spy on people and censor information they should not see. Microsoft and Apple have much better relations with the government because they don’t care about human rights at all.

      • AWH
        July 13, 2015

        I think google is not blocked in China and it’s rather Google who is reluctant cooperating with the Chinese government. And still they could make available their play store like Apple is doing.

        • Vlada
          July 14, 2015

          Google is reluctant cooperating with the Chinese government and that is why it is blocked there. Apple is willing to cooperate with Chinese government and help them to arrest opposing politicians.

  12. JD
    July 12, 2015

    First Chinese OEM to make a ‘pure Android’ phone?
    What country is HTC from?
    Yeh. Thought so. This is full of shit.

    • Shumway
      July 13, 2015

      Taiwan, and sense isn’t pure android its an OEM modification.

      • JD
        July 13, 2015

        Taiwan isn’t a country. Sense? Who do you think made the OG Nexus One?

        • Vlada
          July 14, 2015

          Everyone except of China respects Taiwan as an independent country.

      • Vlada
        July 13, 2015

        Chinese do not respect Taiwan as a sovereign state. And the first Nexus was made by HTC.

  13. Adam Irvine
    July 13, 2015

    I seriously doubt it’ll do anything for Google in China… This is more likely to be just a western thing…

    It appears to me that Huwawei were probably about to pull the plug on one of the most anticipated Smart Watches because Google couldn’t/wouldn’t rip their services out of Android Wear, so instead they’ve made some kind of deal on a Nexus Phone and the two will probably have a ‘BIG’ launch together as some sort of made to match duo type deal…