Jun 18 AT 12:38 PM Dustin Earley 15 Comments

Huawei won’t be participating in the Google Edition program


For those of you hoping Huawei would join in on the fun and release a stock Android “Google Edition” Ascend P6, let’s just get this out of the way right now: Huawei has no plans to participate in the Google Edition program.

Where Samsung, HTC and now Sony have all seen value in producing a variant of their flagship devices that run stock Android, with updates provided and managed by Google, Huawei does not. At today’s Ascend P6 unveiling, Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer for the Huawei Consumer Business Group, spoke out against the Google Edition program, saying that Huawei has no plans to turn the P6 into a Nexus device. Huawei is proud of their Emotion UI and of how it works in sync with the hardware they’ve been hard at work perfecting.

While not everyone may like the changes implemented in third-party manufacturer UIs, they do feature a handful of enhancements and optimizations. Without Sense and Touchwiz, the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 will be missing features and selling points that were tailor made for their specific hardware. Other manufacturers undoubtedly recognize this, but only Huawei appears to be acting on it. As we approach the release date for the Google Edition One and S4, we can’t help but notice the hype surrounding the devices has died down considerably, leading us to believe sales of the $600+ phones will fall flat. It looks like Huawei may be making a smart move here.

Source: Android Central

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    This is a bummer. I really like the phone but ain’t no way I’m going to put myself at Huawei’s mercy for software updates!!!

  • www.phonewbie.com

    The sales will fall flat. Not too many people will be shelling out $600+ for any of those phones. Also, the stories that followed the news of the Google Edition phones about the software not being optimized for the phones hurt it as well.

    • phor11

      If there were better off-contract pricing options on AT&T or Verizon, then the Google Experience phones might have a chance, even at their current price-points.

      But if you’re already going to be on T-Mobile then I don’t think many people will be paying $650 when the Nexus4 is only $300.

    • Arthur

      These Nexus edition phones can’t be compared to their skinned counterparts that are sold subsidized by carriers since the price is twice as much or more in most cases. Google is obviously testing the waters with this program as are the OEM’s who have signed up to participate in it. By the end of the year, we should have a good idea on how successful it has been. If it flops even based on these OEM’s and Google modest projections, Google will more than likely can the program and just build their annual Nexus device.

  • Broseph Stalin

    It’s a shame the Emotion UI is ugly as shit. The icons are iOS tryhards, and from the looks of it it’s terribly slow.

    • Broseph Stalin

      Let me re-phrase that: It’s a good looking phone, but I can’t say the same about the UI.

  • maxis

    Theres no reason to can the nexus program even if its not successful because it doesn’t cost the manufacturer anything to flash a stock version of android on a device they already mass produce. Hardware is identical. Plus google handles the updates so they are basically just giving phones to google and letting them deal with it.

  • jamal adam

    Huawei is talking about a possibility of buying Nokia and if that somehow happens, it might make them quite the formidable competitor. Aside from that they are making some really nice phones and the Ascend P6 is a looker.

  • CTown

    Does Google really get full control over the software updates of the Google Edition phones or is it more of a team effort between Google and the OEM? If they are in full control, how quickly can they keep making bug free updates for so many devices?

  • Max.Steel

    It’s not like Huawei phones are exactly the hottest thing on the market. Lol.

  • Avinash

    With the stock google software ,How they would spy?

  • Avinash

    with the stock software ,,how they will spy

  • Alex

    So you say the hype of the phones has died because the Google Edition phones has been announced? Are you serious? The hype cannot be forever, the time has come for it to end, that’s why it has died.

  • donger

    It runs on stock android, OEMs just want to put their custom UI into it.

  • Nathan D.

    That when I root my phone :-)