Chinese phonemaker Huawei is 'working closely' with Google to develop the next Nexus smartphone, following the launch of Motorola's Nexus 6 in November last year.
IBTimes UK quoted a source employed with Huawei in UK for the revelation, but did not reveal any further information about the new device.
What we are sure of is that Nexus 7 will be powered by the latest Android M operating system which was unveiled at Google's I/O conference in March. During the conference, Google's Sundar Pichai claimed that the role of Android M is to improve the overall stability and usability of the Android platform. The new OS will bring in several new functionalities like custom tabs in Chrome, Android Pay and a fingerprint sensor.
Previously, Google has partnered with global tech giants like Samsung, LG , HTC and most recently, Motorola to develop Nexus phones which are the closest indications of what the Android OS can offer. The new Nexus phone designed by Huawei is expected to be released in the last quarter of 2015.
This is be the first time a Chinese phonemaker has been approached by Google to work on Nexus gadgets. Apparently IBTimes UK's source told them that the partnership with Google was vital for Huawei to expand its infuence in Europe and the United States.
Similarly, Google will be hoping to cash in on China's smartphone market which previously turned out to be Apple's single largest consumer base following the launch of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Secondly, helping the best Chinese phonemaker build a phone on an Android platform is sure to keep them busy with Android than work on producing their own operating systems.
We are yet to receive an official confirmation of the deal from either Google or Huawei.