New rumor claims Google is discussing its own phone

New rumor claims Google is discussing its own phone
Last we heard from the rumor mill, Google was looking into the possibility of designing its own chips for Android devices. The rumor didn't extend to whether the plan would be for Google to provide the chip to Android manufacturers or use it in its own mobile device, but the latest rumor says that Google has at least had the conversation of whether or not to build its own phone.

The rumor comes from The Information, which is the same source that first reported that Google was considering its own chips. The report claims that Google is seriously considering making its own phone and has been having internal discussions on the matter. Unfortunately, that's about where the report ends. So, we don't know when these discussions happened, if they were recent, or what a timetable might be if Google were to move forward with the plans. 

Just this morning, we talked about the idea of a Google-made Pixel phone. The idea seems to be coming closer and closer to reality, but there are still a number of hurdles for Google to jump if it does want to make its own phone. There have been consistent rumors that Nexus hardware partners have never been terribly thrilled with the Nexus program, because it amounts to a lot of work for little reward in most cases. Combine that with various legal questions about what Google requires from manufacturers in order to have access to Google Play and Google Apps, and there are good reasons why Google might want to build its own hardware. 

Of course, that just leaves the question: would you buy a Google Pixel Phone?

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27 Comments

1. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

Google should .. make their own nd i will definately buy it

12. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Awesome username. Smart!!

2. Trickzter

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

If it looked anything like that render with no front hardware buttons, minimal bezel and pure stock Android. Then yes, I would definitely purchase it if Google made it.

13. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I know right, why can't they make suck a phone. It's 2015!!!

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Google made phone: for the android user Unlocked Root already installed Chrome OS Google made chipsets (heavily optimized!)

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I don't really think they would produce their in house phone. First thing first, if they done so, other manufacturer might retract them self from producing Android smartphone again.(Remember when Google purchase Motorola? Yes, look at how Samsung and other manufacturer that time)

15. cezarmed2

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And do what? Choose Windows? Or TizenOS? I don't think there is a turnback now. Android is becoming a one way road.

27. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

That and if you think nobody makes money with Android.... Any OEM that drops Android completely for Windows Phone would just end up like Nokia did, being bought out and written off by Microsoft. Is Samsung even licensing out Tizen to be used by OEMs?

5. Awalker

Posts: 1976; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

If Google made its own phone I would definitely buy it.

6. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

They should make phones like how apple's been doing but Please make the base storage option atlease 32gb .

7. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I think Google is keeping it's options open at the same time sending statements to partners that if you don't perform i have plans B and C. But then again if google built it's own devices i don't think the android market share will change much, Apple isn't going anywhere and its customers are still in love with it's products. What needs to happen for the formula to change is the introduction of the next evolution of smartphones who ever comes up with that will have the edge and will probably threaten Apple position and the entire market shape.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Having better control over hardware and software may result in a better reference phone.

9. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

phone manufacturers defecting to WP/Tizen in 3,2,1

26. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Google's stance, let them go... Microsoft screws EVERYONE with Windows Phone by releasing a new version every few years and making promises that they never follow through with. No one makes money with Windows Phone, not even Microsoft... Tizen? Tizen what? You mean Samsung, right? Because that's all people know about Tizen is its a Samsung phone.... No one is going anywhere and Google is not soo dense to produce a high-end phone to compete with their biggest OEMs. More that likely what, if anything, we are looking at here would be something like Chrome OS for Mobile. An OS that is able to run apps from the Android ecosystem without directly competing with Android OEMs...

10. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

ABOUT TIME!!! although, I would imagine that most android OEMs are going to hate this idea.

11. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Way to kill the Android market Google.. Samsung should really start pushing Tizen.

25. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Who said that it would run Android? I'm thinking that it may be something more like Chrome OS for Mobile.... I mean it would only make since, keep the Android OEMs happy by not directly competing with them while still using an OS that would be able to run Android apps so there would still be enough of an ecosystem to entice customers in. Also Chrome's auto update straight from Google would not hurt...

14. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

.. a real quick way to piss off the OEM's. If it were to happen, i can see a few would immediately get into W10M, not altogether a bad thing either

16. Dave.Weinstein

Posts: 30; Member since: May 07, 2014

If Pixel Phone means stretching the high-end, then: YES!

17. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 888; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Google should have kept Motorola under it's control & then Google would have been unstoppable

18. Acer_Predator unregistered

U crazy ?? Worst company of smartphone maker

22. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

"Worst company of smartphone maker" WHAT??? Motorola has the BEST mobile radios of any OEM. Since the release of the OG Moto X they have been winning the hearts of customers and geeks alike with their stock like Android experience. Sure there have been missteps since Lenovo took over (like the decision to leave soo many devices that were promised updates in the dark) but for the general consciences they have been making strides, leaps and bounds in the right direction. Don't get me wrong, I still agree that Google did the right thing by selling Motorola to appease other Android OEM's to keep the peace (for the most part) in the Android ecosystem and for the fact that Motorola had other bad juju that was spilling red ink all over Google's earning reports. But really worst smartphone OEM? Nah, I can think of a couple other OEMs that need to go before Moto...

19. BlackBeast

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 2015

about time, google smart move

20. tokuzumi

Posts: 1895; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Would Google build a factory, and hire employees to build it, or would they have an existing manufacturer build it to their specifications? If so, this wouldn't be any different than the Nexus program.

23. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

They could always do like Apple and outsource production to a factory like Fox Conn...

21. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

And my guess is it will be based on the new Google OS, too, not AOSP.

24. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Chrome OS for Mobile, maybe?

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