According to a new report, HTC is in talks with Google in hopes of being selected as the next OEM to produce a Nexus phone which is expected to be powered by Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean). Google worked closely with HTC to produce the original Nexus One, but the two companies have had a close partnership since the development of the first Android powered phone, – the T-Mobile G1.
Google hasn't chosen its Nexus partner for (Android) Jellybean as yet. So right now all the manufacturers are crossing their fingers.Jeff GordonHTC
Being selected to be the next Nexus manufacturer is a big deal, but Jeff Gordon stressed that HTC’s current priority is to deliver Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and HTC Sense 3.6 to its current devices. Our official HTC Android 4.0 update list features 17 HTC devices which will be updated to Android 4.0 with the first three phones (Sensation, Sensation 4G and Sensation XE) scheduled to receive the update before the end of March.
Samsung’s reputation within the Android community has received a huge boost since it was selected by Google to develop the Nexus S and the mass market appeal of the Galaxy Nexus has helped boost Nexus brand recognition with the general public. HTC already has a strong foothold with Android, but being able to partner with Google on the next Nexus device would give the company early access to the next version of Android which could eventually translate into quicker updates for its its current handsets and the HTC One phones which will launch in April.
Do you think Google should select HTC to build the next Nexus device or should Motorola or LG be given an opportunity to shine?
Update: We’re not sure why, but Tech Radar has take down their article. It could be that HTC was not happy with the details that HTC’s Jeff Gordon shared with them. If there are any updates on the story, we’ll let you know.
Update 2: Jeff Gordon has reached out to us to clear a few things up. It looks like our friends over at Tech Radar took Jeff’s comments a little out of context, though he does state that “there’s an extraordinary halo effect that happens for the brand of the Nexus manufacturer. Unfortunately, I have zero knowledge of any direct conversation between HTC and Google about a future Nexus device.”
Tech Radar has re-posted their article but have changed the title and removed all direct quotes from Jeff. As Jeff’s original quote stated, all manufacturers are collectively crossing their fingers in hopes that Google selects them for the next Nexus device. From our readers’ comments below, it’s clear that a lot of people would be excited about another Nexus phone developed by HTC – a sentiment which we hope Google agrees with.