HTC reportedly signed an exclusive 3-year Nexus manufacturing deal

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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53 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

2. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

32. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 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.

39. RisinT96

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 30, 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.

42. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 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)

54. ashtondj

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

3. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

What a huge mistake it should be samsung

11. torr310

Posts: 1627; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

35. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 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.

51. torr310

Posts: 1627; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

52. Eclectech

Posts: 342; Member since: May 01, 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.

43. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

47. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

16. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

23. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Nexus 10 is a joke!

26. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

27. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

You're absolutely right

4. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 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.

31. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

or Sony

33. torr310

Posts: 1627; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

5. Andr01d

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 08, 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... :,(

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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. ):

9. MuddyCow

Posts: 90; Member since: Oct 09, 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.

13. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

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

28. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

50. burekbrigada

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

7. VirginSeventyTwo

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

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

24. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 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!

36. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

10. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Great for HTC if true. They have to repair their tarnished reputation.

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