HTC’s fortunes are seemingly about to see a massive flip, or perhaps that’s what the company is hoping might happen. A report coming in from China is indicating that the firm has managed to sign a three-year deal with Google’s parent Alphabet to manufacture Nexus devices.
We have already been hearing murmurs that this year’s Nexus phone will be made by HTC, but the possibility of the Taiwanese firm ending up with a three-year exclusivity deal was on no one’s mind. What this will most likely mean is that the flagship smartphones for Android N as well as those for Android O and Android P will be made by HTC.
If one is keen on aligning this development with recent reports, here’s a theory that is emerging. An earlier report has told us that Google apparently wants to have more control over Nexus devices just like Apple, with the manufacturing partners not having any say in the design aspect of things.
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HTC may have agreed to do just this, as long as it gets a three-year commitment from Google, for this would most probably help in somewhat getting the company out of the rut it’s currently in due to weak sales. This means that while the next Nexus handsets will be fully created by Google, just their manufacturing duties will be handled by HTC.
Another interesting speculation that’s being tossed around at the moment is that the next Nexus smartphone will benefit from a 3D Touch-like display in order to better compete with Apple’s iPhones. A number of other manufacturers too are expected to introduce this feature in their 2016 handsets.
The report about HTC’s three-year Nexus deal with Alphabet has come via a MyDrivers, and as a Reddit comment points out, it has even received a seal of approval from ‘upleaks,’ a well known leakster from China.