Huawei could’ve made the Google Pixel smartphones

Chinese manufacturer Huawei and Google’s relationship has been a roller coaster ride. While both of the organizations partnered for Nexus 6P devices, Huawei’s expectations ended in despair when their manufactured smartphone was not made available on the four most prominent carriers in the United States.

But that wasn’t the only reason Huawei passed on the chance to build the Google Pixel phones scheduled to be announced tomorrow, according to a report. 

Google gave Huawei the option to produce the upcoming Pixel phones that will be revealed tomorrow, but negotiations between the companies broke down when Google demanded no partner logos would appear on this year’s smartphones. But, also that, might not be the only reason. Let’s start from the beginning again.

The report says, Google made promises to Huawei over widespread network support for the 6P in the United States, as the firm attempted to gain a foothold in the American market. None of that materialized with Google keeping the Nexus 6P as a virtual Google Store exclusive for long periods of time, with none of the major networks on board.


AndroidPolice also says promises were made over huge marketing budgets, which were supposed to be split between the two companies, but were again, not fulfilled. We all know, how the Nexus 6P was sold in the United States. Talks between Google and the carriers broke down, so Google demanded Google Store exclusivity for the device for a fixed period before it could be offered on third-party retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo. The only concession here is that Huawei was allowed to sell the phone on their own website, but the limited availability of the phone meant it had very little retail visibility for consumers who didn’t already know about the Nexus line of phones.

As such Huawei remains without much of a presence in the United States, a market where dominance means huge profits and brighter future, despite building one of the all-time, best reviewed Android devices in the Nexus 6P.

So when Google stated Huawei would serve as the manufacturer only and Google branding would appear on the phone – with no Huawei logo on the exterior of the device or anywhere in official marketing – this was the nail in the coffin for Huawei Pixel phones, as the source says Huawei global CEO Richard Yu shut down the negotiations himself.

Huawei recently made some news as there were rumours it might be considering moving over Android wear as well in favour of Tizen OS.

Despite these issues, however, Huawei and Google may still be working together on a number of projects. Rumor has it the Chinese company was tapped to produce a new 7-inch tablet for developers to test out Google’s Andromeda software.

Source : Android Police


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