Confirmed: Google Pixel and Pixel XL are manufactured by HTC

Confirmed: Google Pixel and Pixel XL are manufactured by HTC
Earlier today, Google took the stage in San Francisco to announce its Pixel and Pixel XL phones (among other new products). The company emphasized the fact that these handsets were "designed and built by Google", and didn't mention HTC at all. 

So, were all those rumors about the Pixel phones being made by HTC just rumors? Well, no.

Jeff Gordon, Senior Global Online Communications Manager at HTC, confirmed to us via e-mail that "HTC is Google’s manufacturing partner for the Pixel."

It's not the first time when HTC makes a Google-branded phone, as the company also manufactured the Nexus One from 2010. However, while the Nexus One featured HTC's logo on the back (in addition to Google's logo), the Pixel and Pixel XL bear no trace of HTC branding whatsoever. That's because Google is in charge of everything regarding the Pixels, save for the actual manufacturing process. 

Google doesn't have (and doesn't need) the facilities to literally manufacture phones, that's why it relies on hardware partners. In a way, in this case, HTC is to Google what Foxconn is to Apple (as you may know, Foxconn is building Apple's iPhones): Google and Apple design and oversee everything, while HTC and Foxconn are the ones that actually deal with the manufacturing process.

Related phones

Pixel
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2770 mAh(26h talk time)
Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)

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29 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

That front earpiece placement and proximity sensor... too HTC like. #RIPStereoSpeakers

2. nate358

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 24, 2013

ZTE should have made the Pixel. .. sad

25. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Okay ZTE fanboy...

3. NoAllegiance unregistered

Why would you choose this over the Nexus 6P or HTC 10? Constructive criticism appreciated (even though this is 2016 and there are more trolls around)

14. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Over Nexus 6P...just for S821 upgrade. Over HTC 10...It's been while since I bought HTC device (OneX). Considering this after sales software upgrade support (and ok camera)...I'd always choose Pixel.

17. rkoforever90

Posts: 414; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Htc is pretty good with updates atleast better than samsung and sony.id choose htc 10 over this anyday heck even LG G5 is better

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*holds onto the Nexus 6P*

6. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Just like what blackberry start to do right now ,letting other OEMs manufacture their phones. Note : I don't mean anyone is copying anyone.

10. Rafishant

Posts: 393; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Wrong.. BlackBerry won't control designing, manufacturing, testing, marketing, distribution, support, and warranty. It is simply just outsourcing the brand and those few apps to third parties.

11. Subie

Posts: 2295; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

16. Rafishant

Posts: 393; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

It was very obvious that I was talking about the next generation of BlackBerry branded phones and not the current ones. John Chen: ''We will discontinue handset hardware development and fully leverage third parties to develop hardware and distribute and support the BlackBerry branded handsets" http://crackberry.com/john-chen-discusses-future-blackberry-devices

22. Subie

Posts: 2295; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

So was I. The Dtek50 is part of that new generation made by TCL. I guess we'll have to see what happens when they announce the Dtek60( if that will be the final name). Thanks for posting a link to support your train of thought.

7. irossdrummer

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Wait really?? Then whats the point of the ugly "half glass" back when the htc 10 had a full metal back with antenna lines?!?!

8. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

This concerns me. Let's hope Google is cracking the whip hard or the sea of HTC quality control issues will manifest.

12. Subie

Posts: 2295; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Maybe, but can you name one manufacturer that's never or doesn't have any quality control issues... I know I can't.

9. warrenellis93

Posts: 538; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

google just made an iphone with the home button on the back, thats it.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Yep, a rectangular phone with rounded corners - an Apple exclusive.

29. warrenellis93

Posts: 538; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Actually the bezels, the chin, and the antenna lines

30. warrenellis93

Posts: 538; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

You know a lot of other companies have made rectangular phones with rounded corners that dont look like the iphone, the pixel phones do look like an iphone

15. DaveElliott

Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Too bad HTC couldn't have done it on their own.

27. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

HTC has always built superior quality devices compared to Samsung. Samsung screwed HTC over at the dawn of the age of high end Android devices by pretending to have a shortage of components that it was sourcing out to HTC. The original HTC EVO had a Samsung OLED, but you couldn't get a hand on one for months because Samsung pretended to have a shortage, meanwhile everyone settled with the smaller screen and less popular Galaxy S 1.

18. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

looks cheap and tacky and with that steep price, nah pixel range is DOA.

19. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

HTC recycling old One X9 shells.

20. Raigo90

Posts: 11; Member since: May 12, 2013

Thats why these phones have sooo big bezels :D

21. snoppdogg

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 12, 2016

HTC ruined the design.

23. ebilcake

Posts: 1219; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Can't image many big manufacturers would agree to this with no branding of their own allowed unless they really needed the money.

24. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

What are you talking about? How is this different than Apple's model? Apple designs the phone, i.e. engineers at Cupertino, and then it is sent to China. Apple doesn't have a physical factory to built devices, hence why everything leaks from China. However, everything built and design is proprietary.

26. ebilcake

Posts: 1219; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Apple is completely different just because of the number they ship, there is no guaranty the Pixel will be any more successful than the Nexus series.

28. Fellwalker

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Back in the day, HTC were the hidden manufacturer of the HP 4700hx. They then went on to make the excellent HTC HD2 which became a favourite of modders , and so is still having the latest software installed on it. I hope that this inspires HTC to bring out a better phone with their twin front facing speakers. That phone also a metal back and replaceable battery.

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