HTC could be the sole manufacturer of upcoming Nexus devices

Patrick O'Rourke

March 9, 2016 3:02pm

Despite the furor surrounding the Vive, HTC’s smartphone efforts have been less than stellar lately, though what we’ve seen of the HTC 10 looks promising so far.

Rumours have been swirling around for years that Google is considering shutting down its Nexus program, opting to instead manufacture its own proprietary Android smartphones. New speculation, however, indicates that HTC might have signed an exclusive deal with Google to be the sole manufacturer behind the company’s next-generation of Nexus devices. This corroborates earlier rumours we reported indicating LG won’t be developing a new Nexus device in 2016.

Next year, it’s rumoured HTC will release a 5-inch and a 5.5-inch Nexus device. The report doesn’t mention tablets, so it’s possible other manufacturers could handle production of Nexus tablets. This also could be an indication that Google no longer has interest in releasing tablets, though the company recently released the Pixel C.

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  • Chris

    Really don’t like htc. Their phones always have too much bezel and that ridiculous htc bar/logo. Also, I don’t get what the deal is with curved back devices like the Nexus 6. They don’t feel good to hold.

    I’ve had every Nexus minus the htc phone and tablet, and the 5x and 6p. Switched to iPhone 6s after the Nexus 6. I have to say, the best phones I’ve had, as far as the design goes, are the Nexus 5 and this iPhone.

    Hope Google keeps it simple and makes something amazing. Was really excited when the rumours of Google manufacturing their own device were going around.

    • FlamesFan89

      I think HTC has repeatedly managed to make at least one poor design decision that has sullied their otherwise excellent devices.

      They have received high praise in the past for the One line in terms of building phones that were of very high quality from a build perspective. They looked good, they were tough as nails, had the best speakers in the industry, etc. But they would stick a crappy camera in there, or they had that unnecessary bottom bezel, or something like that, which, like I said, would sully an otherwise great design.

      Perhaps with some guidance from Google, they can put out something that is of a build quality that matches the best of the One’s elements, but without the miscues of using a terrible camera sensor, etc.

    • gusto5

      Some input from Google could be beneficial indeed. I’m still rocking the One and am actually excited at the prospect of another HTC nexus device. Preferably without that ultrapixel business

    • thomas nguyen

      Their latest M series were good at the start, but then they don’t make major changes, it’s the same phone year over year with upgraded internal, the design was fresh when it was first release, but it does not stand the test of time.

    • Mr_Smoosh

      You are so right htc design decisions. Even with the (M)10, they finally get the camera and CPU sorted out, they go and remove front speakers.

    • Mo Dabbas

      The Nexus One was the first android phone I use for a long period of time. I used the Dream, Magic and original Galaxy i7500 (the first Samsung Android phone) but gave them up fast due to their limitations compared to the 3GS.
      If you try the nexus 5X I bet you’ll love the design. I had it for a couple of weeks before returning it and I really like how slim and light it is. and it feels nice with the matte finish (the matte design not as grippy as the black nexus 5, but it feels nicer and more premium). Really liked the design, but wanted something bigger.

  • grantdude

    This is excellent news. I’ve always felt that HTC is underrated.

  • CANADAMETALFAN

    This would be awesome, my HTC one m8 has been the best Android phone I have had. The only downside has the lack of SD card support in the Nexus line after the old samsung galaxy Nexus…

    • Can’t Fix Stupid

      They should name it the HTC Sacrifice. Then I guarantee you will buy one.

    • CANADAMETALFAN

      Good name, it should come in blood red only and have a devil/hell theme preinstalled. 😉

  • Can’t Fix Stupid

    Wonder how much Pixel C’s Google sold?

  • LeTricolore

    If this is the case, I might get a Nexus phone next year.

  • Mo Dabbas

    5.5 inch is too small for a nexus. I am using the nexus 6P and I really miss the extra screen size of the Nexus 6.

  • Garrett Cooper

    Sweet, give both sizes flagship specs and I could be in for a 5″ model.

  • PT

    Bring It On HTC!