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



1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

This definetly would be the worst Nexus ever!

8. Phonecall01 unregistered

Because nothing good comes out of China right??

12. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011


21. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

40. LifeSucks

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 15, 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.

65. sgodsell

Posts: 7617; Member since: Mar 16, 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).

66. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Like iPhones?

18. yepyep23

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

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

25. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

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

51. sagafletcher

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

LOL...good one!

60. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 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.

50. sagafletcher

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

58. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Accept iPhone! :-)

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

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

14. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5810; Member since: Feb 10, 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

68. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The Nexus line isn't low-priced anymore.

69. vincelongman

Posts: 5810; Member since: Feb 10, 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

48. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i dont think it is a nexus device..

57. frmrVZguy

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

59. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 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'

2. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

What about Sony? Give them a shot.

7. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

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

16. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

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

54. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

What was the Nexus 4?

62. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

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

3. Takeharu

Posts: 293; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

A Nexus Oppo! Make it happen!

4. cezarmed2

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Let SONY do it!

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