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Google to partner with a Chinese manufacturer on the next Nexus smartphone?

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Google to partner with a Chinese manufacturer on the next Nexus smartphone?
Until now, HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Asus have partnered with Google on its Nexus line of stock Android devices, with the latest collaboration allowing Motorola to create the behemoth-y Nexus 6. Despite last year's rumors that Google had been considering to kill its own lineup of smartphones, the largest Nexus phone ever came to light and proved that the gagdet family is, seemingly, going nowhere.

While a possible launch for a new Nexus device will probably take place in late 2015, rumors about the manufacturer that Google might be teaming up with have began to pop in. The rumor mill claims that Mountain View might be partnering with a Chinese manufacturer on the next Nexus smartphone, which will probably not be called the Nexus 7.

What does this mean? Given that the speculations are true, one of the larger local companies (Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo) might take the reins of the Nexus phone production for 2015. What's more, given that Xiaomi's VP of International, Hugo Barra, is an ex-Googler, we might speculate that the largest Chinese company, responsible for the Mi Note Pro powerhouse, might turn out to be the manufacturer of choice for the next device. We guess we'll know more as the end of 2015 nears. Still, we advise you to take this rumor with a skeptic grain of salt. 

According to our most recent poll, Sony should be making the next Nexus device, with Xiaomi, OnePlus, Lenovo, and Huawei grasping just a fraction of the votes. Opinions?


source: Weibo via GizmoChina

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posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:08 25

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 1093; Member since: 27 May 2012)


This definetly would be the worst Nexus ever!

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:30 15

8. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


Because nothing good comes out of China right??

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:44 13

12. medicci37 (Posts: 1276; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Correct

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:54 7

21. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Tell me more how brands like Oppo, Xiaomi, Meizu and Huawei suck other than in availability and maybe in software.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:57

40. LifeSucks (Posts: 54; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


I have to agree. I would love to see something like a THL 5000/Elephone P5000 with proper optimizations, 64-bit chipset (or Snapdragon 801) and proper quality control or Huawei Honor 6/Lenovo Vibe X2 with stock android or Xiami Mi Note /Pro with stock android.

Redmi 2 with MT6732+2GB RAM and stock android would make for a great second gen Android One phone.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 19:03

65. sgodsell (Posts: 3628; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I think if Google and Motorola can move their butts faster with project Ara. Then the Nexus will be a thing of the past. Ara can not only replace the Nexus devices and brand, it can also go beyond it. Or better yet bring it to a new Ara (pun intended as well).

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 19:07

66. StanleyG88 (Posts: 231; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Like iPhones?

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:52 1

18. yepyep23 (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Feb 2015)


What about Xiaomi? And the Xiaomi Note Pro?...

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:14 6

25. Ghost04 (Posts: 335; Member since: 03 May 2014)


Yeah right .
And the worst ever Chinese products are the iPhones and iPads .

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:36

51. sagafletcher (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Feb 2015)


LOL...good one!

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 13:07 1

60. TheRequiem (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Those are not Chinese products. They are Apple products, which Apple is based in the U.S. The manufacturing entity that manufactuers the devices does not make the device's their products.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:34

50. sagafletcher (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Feb 2015)


So not true.... Chinese women are sexy and I love shrimp fried rice.

That said, I think Lenovo would be the one to do it. They purchased Motorola from Google and already have a foothold in the IT industry after taking the reigns from IBM in personal computing. Their S8 and Vibe X2 are awesome examples of their ability to contend, with the former being the first mobile with a front 5MP selfie camera. Personally, I would prefer Asus. Oppo is a bit pricey.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 11:43 1

58. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


Accept iPhone!
:-)

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:41 2

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (limited) (Posts: 1133; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


How cute, which country did nokia release his 1st android tablets?

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:48

14. sip1995 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Because they don't own any factories now....

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:47 1

13. sip1995 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


It won't be the worst, but it won't have a big recognition in other countries....

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:58

22. vincelongman (Posts: 4425; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I doubt its a Nexus
The main selling point of the Chinese phones is their low prices
So a Nexus would be a direct competitor
I doubt they would be interested

I think its actually a Chinese Android One

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 20:17

68. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


The Nexus line isn't low-priced anymore.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 21:22

69. vincelongman (Posts: 4425; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Nexus 5 is still being sold

Anyway the Nexus line was never exclusively low-priced
It wasn't until the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 when the Nexus line become low-priced
So I won't be surprised if they released a new low-priced Nexus 5/7 this year

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:33

48. amats69 (Posts: 1432; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i dont think it is a nexus device..

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 11:28

57. frmrVZguy (Posts: 42; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


If GOOGLE can bring "Don't be mean" to China, this could be as BIG as Nixon's Table Tennis (aka ping-pong) detente. If they can get ISO9000/9001 inspectors and QA/security/HumanRights inspectors inside to prove China's software is not to be feared, then GOOG WIN !! High-spec hardware at modest price in some Chinese devices is desirable. If China can use this opportunity to crush Chi-Spy concerns then they will WIN !! If developers discover malware, backdoors, firmware bots etc. then China will FAIL. Big opportunity here.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 13:06

59. TheRequiem (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


I agree and while most here will argue the Chinese make most phones, that's not the point. American and other national corporations design the phones and their materials and then contract/ uphold the Chinese to high manufacturing standards to manufacture them. Having a Chinese firm develop a smartphone for Google (a US based company) doesn'ty make any sense, with the exception of working in tandem with HTC, which has a grip on the U.S. Market and higher develoment standards than the mainland. I feel a "made in China" product for Google wouldn't bode well for the U.S. Populous. Just sayin'

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:20 7

2. kindlefireowner (Posts: 503; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


What about Sony? Give them a shot.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:25 2

7. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


we dont want a glass back nexus device like sh*ty Z series.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:50 5

16. sip1995 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


It's actually beautiful, not sh1ty....

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:30 5

29. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


android fans would love a sony nexus z5
how ever you dont like any android phone because your an apple fan so whats this we part your talking about

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:51 1

54. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4186; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


What was the Nexus 4?

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 13:37 1

62. Suo.Eno (Posts: 498; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


lol... we're not even sure if there's even gonna be a glass back if Sony gets the gig man c'mon...

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:20 3

3. Takeharu (Posts: 210; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


A Nexus Oppo! Make it happen!

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:24 6

4. cezarmed2 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Let SONY do it!

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:25 4

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (limited) (Posts: 1133; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Google's desperation has shown, China accounted 30% Of world smartphone market and Google know our purchasing power

Without China, Android is nothing

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:39 4

10. JMartin22 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Your market isn't the only market and it's certainly not the most profitable one, because for all that overpopulated regions that have, the average median household income is well below standards of a developed market. Therefore, a lot of your potential profitability is stifled. Google has been doing fine in North America and Europe, arguably, probably little to no profits come from the Chinese market due to it being a mostly mid to low ranged, cut-even market

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:49 2

15. sip1995 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


That's pretty much true....

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:22

26. Ghost04 (Posts: 335; Member since: 03 May 2014)


What about the so called most premium smartphone brand Apple .
I never seen a iphone or iPad made in USA .
It's always written 'MADE IN CHINA'
Don't say anything against China .
What China can do , North America and Europe can't even dream of .

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:45

34. sip1995 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


You mean we will never work for 1$/hour....sounds great to me.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 08:26 1

44. Awalker (Posts: 1498; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Well, it has nothing to do with talent. Apple like other manufacturers go to China because of the cheap labor.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:53 1

20. yepyep23 (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Feb 2015)


Yup, true

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:33

30. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


am sorry say that again, i think you mean without china apple is nothing, androids are made all over the world and without china it would hit the numbers a little but that's it, i have to deal with Chinese people during this new years events and i have to say they are some of the dumbest people on the earth

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:34

49. androidwindows (Posts: 191; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


"Without China, Android is nothing" == NOT A FACT!

"Your market isn't .... the most profitable one, because for all that overpopulated regions that have, the average median household income is well below standards of a developed market." == FACT!

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:39

52. androidwindows (Posts: 191; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


Yesterday this super idiot mocked Indonesia for being a poor country. You know what..your country is only SLIGHTLY less poor than Indonesia. Your citizens are mostly slaves. STOP EMBARRASSING YOURSELF PLEASE!!!

posted on 27 Feb 2015, 01:37

71. Settings (Posts: 1591; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Without Android, Xiaomi wouldve never been existed.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:25 5

6. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


WTF. Bye bye nexus.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:51

17. sip1995 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


That need a well known company....

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:36 4

9. erikngn (Posts: 33; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Wow. Such madness in the comments.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 08:17 1

43. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)


more like racists

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:53

19. Chuck007 (Posts: 1109; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


What if the "Chinese manufacturer" is Motorola again?

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 06:58

23. sip1995 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Well, that makes sense....since Lenovo own Motorola,

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:08

24. carlemillward (unregistered)


That will be a dirt cheap nexus, $250.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:24

27. steelew (Posts: 201; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


So everybody is wincing at the made in china logo and not NEXUS 7? Wait aren't there 2 Nexus 7's already? I'll believe it when I see it.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:24

28. Aplusk (Posts: 119; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


dont do that.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:34

31. TBomb (Posts: 735; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


If a chinese company goes all out with a nexus, they could easily get a bigger market and become another player in the game. It could possibly raise the standards of all chinese phone makers... i feel like it can only be good for android.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:48

35. sip1995 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


It doesn't mean that it'll succes, to an American and European people...the LG nexus, Motorola nexus...sounds familiar, but a Xiaomi nexus sounds really weird to their ears.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 09:41

53. TBomb (Posts: 735; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


but they'll hear Nexus and understand what it is still, right? A lot of people dont call it Samsung Galaxy S# They just call it the S# or Galaxy.. I feel it'd be similar for the Nexus line

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:38 1

32. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


If the next nexus would be good enough then that chinese company would get an international recognition and brand value.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:48 1

36. sip1995 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


They need a well known company, not an unknown.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 08:11 1

42. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Ofcourse, it would a good one.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:38

33. jellmoo (Posts: 1587; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


This could be interesting if it means a return to low cost Nexus devices. If not, it's a baffling choice.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:51

37. bragzter (Posts: 52; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Imagine if Xiaomi makes the next nexus device, with their market dominance in China it will be a win for Google and the Nexus brand. And also Xiaomi will benefit as they will penetrate the international market with Google behind them

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:56

38. Chuck007 (Posts: 1109; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Actually I'd like it if it was a Xiaomi. Should put a lot of doubts (threat to national security and all that) to rest. I don't think its possible cause I am sure the U.S. government will give them a hard time, but if by any chance it works out, I'd be happy for either side.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:57

39. sip1995 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


People won't buy o phone from an unknown company that they aren't familiar with....

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