The Google Nexus 6P mobile made by Huawei was well received by smartphone enthusiasts and tech gurus alike. A Huawei executive revealed that the company is making a Nexus handset again this year.
Android fans are waiting for Google to release the next mobile operating system Android N, which will be first released on a Nexus device, probably the successor of the Nexus 6P.
Google has not revealed any plans to launch the next-generation Nexus smartphone but Charlene Munilall, Huawei's general manager for the Consumer Business Group in South Africa, said that the company is working on a Nexus handset this year.
"We're doing the Nexus again this year, by the way," said Munilall.
In the past, Google has partnered with several manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, HTC and more to make Nexus devices. However, the Nexus 6P has been one of the most-popular Nexus handsets, which gives a reason to believe that Google will continue its partnership with the Chinese smartphone maker for the production of a smartphone this year too.
In September 2015, Google launched two Nexus mobile phones - the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X. This was the first time that Google launched two Nexus phones side-by-side.
While the higher-end Nexus 6P was made by Huawei, the mid-segment Nexus 5X was manufactured by LG. Given the high popularity of Nexus devices in the smartphones space, Google may introduce more than one Nexus smartphone in 2016 also.
Some rumors suggest that Google may launch three mobile phones this year: two made by HTC and one by Huawei. Reports suggest that Google will have more control over the design of the phone if the company opts for HTC as a Nexus partner.
In April this year, a Nexus 6P was spotted in Geekbench benchmarks running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 4 GB of RAM. The device had Android N as its operating system. However, the original Nexus 6P runs on Snapdragon 810 chipset and 3 GB of RAM, which suggests that Google is testing the next Nexus smartphone labelled Nexus 6P.
The company is yet to reveal any details of the next-generation Nexus smartphones and customers will have to wait until this fall to get more information about the upcoming handsets.
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