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HTC reportedly signed an exclusive 3-year Nexus manufacturing deal

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HTC reportedly signed an exclusive 3-year Nexus manufacturing deal
There has been a lot of rumors surrounding the Nexus program over the past year. There are always the rumors floating around that Google would shut down the Nexus program and maybe even start building its own phones. Recently, the news has been that HTC might be the sole manufacturer behind two different Nexus phones this year.

Now, in addition to the idea that HTC may build both a 5-inch and 5.5-inch Nexus device this year, there is a new report that HTC may have signed the first long-term Nexus partner deal. According to the report, HTC has signed a deal with Google to be the exclusive manufacturer of all Nexus phones. That said, there was no mention of tablets in the report, which could mean that other manufacturers would take on that responsibility. 

Of course, it is also possible that either Google has no plans to release any more Nexus tablets any time soon, or that Google might be taking on that responsibility itself. The tablet market hasn't been terribly profitable recently and Google just released the Pixel C, so either option could be true. 

What do you all think? Would you want three years of HTC Nexus phones?

source: MyDrivers via pocketnow

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posted on 08 Mar 2016, 20:25 6

1. zeeBomb (Posts: 2304; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

Gimme boomsound in both and I'll be happy to oblige

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 20:26 6

2. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1614; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

The only thing keeping HTC right now relevant is their VR with Valve and if this has any truth in it then it will be the only phone keeping its self relevant as their own attempts so far have been utter failures on epic proportions.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 01:04

32. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 1010; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

HTC is not a good manufacturer. I don't know how Nxus from HTC will effect the nexus program. LG and Huawei has done a great job. HTC can't even fix their own One series, then how they will manage nexus? Google has to put strict supervision.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 02:57 6

39. RisinT96 (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)

HTC are great manufacturers (that's actually how they started).

Their problem is that they make stupid decisions in terms of design (like the constant black bars on the front, or the iphone looking A9) and lack of advertising.

I believe if they manufacture a nexus, google will take an active part in the design and feature implementation in the device, so you can expect a great product.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 03:22

42. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

There were rumors Google wanted "Apple-like" control over the Nexus line

So hopefully, instead of being equal partners like for the current/prior Nexus, Google is in control of everything

Sort of like what HTC are doing with Valve with the SteamVR/HTC Vive (AFAIK)

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 07:55

54. ashtondj (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Apr 2015)

What is so bad about their phones? I'm sure you're one of the people that only listens to these bias reviews and never actually gives the phone a decent try. I've had 5 phones in 7 years because I typically upgrade yearly. The only phone I haven't enjoyed using was a galaxy.. There isn't anything wrong with HTC phones.. And don't give me any s**t about the camera.. Are you taking pictures of crime scenes? Why do you meed such a high resolution? Oh wait you don't you just want SPECKKKKKSSSSSSS. Gimme a break. Learn something.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 20:30 1

3. Emmanuelz (Posts: 214; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)

What a huge mistake it should be samsung

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 21:34 9

11. torr310 (Posts: 1084; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

no, I am going to ditch my Galaxy 7 preorder due to its inferior battery life and real time performance. Samsung did not do a good job optimizing the software.

Already felt very disappointed that my S5(rooted) feels snappier than my S6 (not rooted). I am not like many fans I only choose the products suit my needs the best.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 01:33 9

35. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)

You say you aren't like many fans yet you blindly believe the bs review that PA posted about the S7. Almost every other reviewer out there has commendable things to say about the S7's battery life except for PA, and yet here you are cancelling your preorder based off of just one review, just like how Apple fanboys only believe the crap that sites like BGR and Arstechnica peddle.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 07:49

51. torr310 (Posts: 1084; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

Well, cancelling the preorthe is just.based on the first impression and doesn't mean I will no

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 08:01

52. Eclectech (Posts: 253; Member since: 01 May 2013)

I spent some time with the new Galaxy S7 and was honestly underwhelmed. It did not feel any faster than my Galaxy S6 and I'm not impressed with the battery life or the 32GB only option. Samsung, with all their money, still hasn't figured out how to optimize their software and they're very slow at releasing updates. My 11 month old Galaxy S6 still hasn't received Marshmallow, while HTC's two year old One M8 is receiving it now on Verizon...Yesm, Verizon...the carrier that normally takes forever to do anything.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 03:35

43. johanbiff (Posts: 414; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

LOL bad battery? you sure don`t know what you are talking about! iv seen s7 edge on exynos SOC do 9h SOT over 48h..don`t belive phone-fail arena on this test.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 05:37

47. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3371; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

The S7 has great battery life better than the S6 anyway.http://www.anandtech.com/show/10120/the-samsung-galaxy-s7-review/2

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 22:21 5

16. LionStone (Posts: 844; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

uh no, we've seen Sammy's attempt, they are out!

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 23:10

23. chocowii (Posts: 470; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

Nexus 10 is a joke!

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 23:36 8

26. manojmcn (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)

It may not be because Google didn't consider Samsung. Given he approach I think it's other way round. Samsung is not at all interested in wasting resource and time for a nexus device which will not contribute anything to the Samsung brand. On the other hand, if the customers feel the pure android nexus by Samsung is better, it may adversely affect their flagship S & Note lines, especially touchwiz software.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 23:55

27. Emmanuelz (Posts: 214; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)

You're absolutely right

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 20:50 9

4. jsjammu (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Nov 2014)

I am very happy with my Nexus 6P and there is no reason not to continue with Huawei. If you are going to give a chance to someone it should be Xiaomi. I would rather have Google make the phone themselves. It would the best option. I don't have much confidence in HTC any longer.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 00:45 2

31. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)

or Sony

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 01:12 1

33. torr310 (Posts: 1084; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

I think Chinese manufacturers are good in building low priced yet high specs phones, therefore the support on the software isn't so good. If they make Nexus series, consumers may benefit from their hardware and Google support on the software. Just my speculation.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 20:54 6

5. Andr01d (Posts: 63; Member since: 08 Mar 2016)

Well well well.... here we go again, HTC seems to be going back to its roots, the golden age, I personally supose that google only accepted this agreement because of the good ol times when HTC used to rock and they ruled the android world and also because HTCs mobile division might enter bankruptcy if they continue like this... :,(

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 21:09 6

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

as long as there's not a repeat in poor quality control like with the N9 then i'm game.

sad that Sony isn't getting a shot any time soon if this is legit. ):

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 21:24 2

9. MuddyCow (Posts: 75; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)

I read from some users that the Nexus 9 got better in later production, and I believe that, since I don't think Google would repeat the same mistake.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 22:11 1

13. justrt (Posts: 437; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)

Sony is not that kind of company, anyway. They wouldn't put a different brand name on their hardware.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 00:21

28. amats69 (Posts: 1523; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

they already did..when they put ericson to their phones before.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 07:25

50. burekbrigada (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

Oh today people :-) They did exactly opposite: They put their name and brands Walkman and Cyber Shot to Ericsson phones.

But in any case, Sony (or Samsung) is simple not interested in participating. Nexus is unprofitable for manufactures, of course there are benefits like market awareness, but is not like Sony need to advertise own brand, their problems (undoubtedly very big) are of different nature.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 21:13 1

7. VirginSeventyTwo (banned) (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Mar 2016)

nexus no longer cheap, but hardcore fandroid will gonna queue for nothing :)

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 23:26 2

24. GreenMan (Posts: 1817; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

@VirginSeventyTwo Nexus no longer cheap? Are you sure?

The 5X is now going for 300 Dollars or so... That's HALF the price of your Sammy, and shall I mention the fact that it has better battery life, MUCH faster updates and the kind of zippyness your Sammy can only dream of???
Don't fool around with Nexus name while I'm still around, savvy?
Cause a debate between us about Samsung and Nexus would be a bloodbath... For you, lass!

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 01:48

36. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

I know you can't teach old dog new tricks but you seem to have formed a narrative towards TouchWiz even without knowing facts or staying updated. That argument would've hold water in 2014 not now.

Watch this video and tell me where the 'dream-worthy zippyness', please ?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xMHBlkn2AY

or this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5ru3QYxU6M

I can keep giving you facts but as always you'll chose to look away.

Nexus 5x is still expensive. LG G4 costs about the same as 5x and it has better screen, bigger battery, better camera, etc.

So please tell me, without being superficial, how is Nexus a better phone then a Samsung flagship phone especially if they both cost the same. I am waiting......facts with proof only, please.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 21:13 19

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 5000; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

I'm happy for HTC. I hope this turns the tables around for them.

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