Huawei and Google rumored to be working on new Nexus smartphone, Chinese Android app store

Huawei and Google rumored to be working on new Nexus smartphone, Chinese Android app store
According to a new report from The Information, Google and Huawei will become close partners by the end of the year. 

Although word of a Huawei-made Nexus smartphone for this year has reached us before, this is the first time we're hearing about the two companies allegedly partnering up for a much more complex project.

Over the past couple of months, the online rumor mill kept spitting out Nexus rumors on a constant basis. Back in February, rumors first claimed that Google will launch two Nexus smartphones this year, one manufactured by Huawei, and one manufactured by LG. Since, the existence of a Huawei-made Nexus handset was allegedly confirmed by an anonymous Huawei UK employee, but no further details were shared at the time.

According to the new report, Google will help Huawei by allowing it to gain more recognition in Western smartphone markets such as the United States, markets of top priority where Huawei is currently struggling. This is what Huawei is supposedly getting out of building a Nexus smartphone this year. In return, the telecommunications giant will help Google with building an Android app store in China.

Remember that Google services including Google Play are unavailable in China, where the search engine giant is reduced to near absence due to government regulations. In the absence of the official Android app store, most Android users in China - the biggest smartphone market on the globe - get their apps from third-party stores such as Qihoo 360, Baidu, Tencent Holdings and Wandoujia. Google is likely to be left craving for the profits that its app store could rake in from Chinese consumers, but for the moment, there are no further details.

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32 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

This would be my 1st nexus if true

7. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I doubt google will go for kirin based handset.

18. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Where's Simona when you need her to say "Bug Huawei is #1 at everything!"

27. Simona unregistered

check post few levels down below :DD

9. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Funny as this will be the first I don't get.

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Just because it's Huawei or is there another less political reason?

17. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I prefer to not buy from a Chinese company if I have other choices and luckily with the phone market there are many so I don't feel compelled to butly

23. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yeah, being data mined by Google is bad enough, but having the Chinese government AND Google data mining you? Pass. I missed the Nexus One, and if this is the only Nexus phone this year, that will make two Nexus phones I haven't bought.

26. Simona unregistered

It is gonna be BEST nexus from all nexuses

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I'll say again.....LG for the phone and Huawei for the tablet, so easy......

3. waddup121 unregistered

CHINESE APP STORE? IS THIS FAKE? FINALLLYYYYYYYYY

4. qolamreza

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

This could be my first Chinese phone ! And third nexus in a row :)

5. Shubham412302

Posts: 564; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

any one but htc and motorola they cost too much

6. pppddd

Posts: 19; Member since: May 11, 2015

Google is an american company and spies for the americans...there's no way china would let a security risk like that operate in the country. Take this app store idea with a grain of salt.

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I see it opposite from you. No way would I get some phone to be spied on by telephone Chinese

12. pppddd

Posts: 19; Member since: May 11, 2015

I never said you would, doesn't change anything I said about google representing a security risk to china.

28. Mobilephile

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

You are proof that US propaganda and the media is obviously working.

31. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

If that's the case then it must have reached half the folks on this site with regards to the US. I see more hate on here about the US than any other country. I'm pretty sure I can and should spend my money the best I see fit and giving more money to a Chinese company isn't going to be it if there are options

21. Bondurant

Posts: 778; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Since its a partner with Huawei, the store would be some sort of joint venture and within China regulations. Obviously.

8. MTT84

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

Hopefully, it has Kirin 940 or 950 chipset inside.

11. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

I expect this to easily be the worst selling Nexus in the history if Huawei is building the phone. The last thing people want is Chinese phones.

16. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Yeah but look what happened with the OnePlus One, that thing sold pretty damn well, despite it's s**tty system they had for a while

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Depends on how much it cost. Kyrocera and ZTE does well on pre paid carriers.

32. jdubtrye

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

The phone should be relatively inexpensive though. Plus,unlike other Huawei phones, it'll be stock android. I doubt I'll buy, but I am curious.

13. SadaKapunza

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

If it'll be more than 5.5". it'll be my first google nexus phone.. Huawei phones comes with very nice screen to body ratio.. Love my Mate7 big time.

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Ascend P7 with a SD820 and stock android? That would be amazing. Too bad it looks like they have it backwards and LG is making the 5 incher and Huawei is doing the 6 incher.

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Might be a risky move by Google in the US. But their app store in China would make them millions tho. Probably billions.

24. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Depending if the Chinese are even interested in a Chinese Nexus phone managed by Google. Especially when there are already established third party app stores in the county.

22. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

App store? What about the app screen? Prepare to have all our junk apps cluttered in the home screen.

25. SASANK360

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 25, 2015

No hi silicon kirin chipset please. That chip uses 8 cortex a53 cores and an underperforming gpu. I know huawei advertises it like ( 4x A53e + 4x A53 ). But that is on par with snapdragon 615 or MT6753 in terms of CPU. Use snapdragon 820 or exynos or Tegra chips. The last thing we need is a nexus phone that gets inconsistent and buggy updates.

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