Images of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)-Huawei Co-Produced Phone Released
After it emerged in June that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) was courting Huawei to produce its next Nexus model, there have been a lot of leaks coming through, mostly in the form of images. Google has previously worked with manufacturers outside China to produce Nexus handsets, and tapping of Huawei seems to give away a lot of hints about the company’s game plan. For Huawei, partnering with Google could help it raise its price in the global smartphone market.
Leaked photos of the Google-Huawei co-produced Nexus, which seem to be coming fast and furious, allege that the device will have both brands names at the back. The images show a larger Nexus phone that features Huawei Nexus brand names positioned side by side on the back of the device. However, like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), which doesn’t comment on rumors about its works in progress, neither Google nor Huawei has been able to weigh in on the leaked photos. Nevertheless, not commenting on the leaks hasn’t killed off rumors, which also say that Google could be using the deal with Huawei to plot its return to China.
Google regretting decision to abandon China
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s products, from Google Search to Gmail, are banned in China after a high-profile row with Chinese authorities in 2010. Analysts say that Google is regretting the decision to pull its products from China, but may use the deal with Huawei to bury the hatchet with the Chinese government to pave the way for its return to the market.
Approval for Huawei
Huawei stands to benefit from the partnership with Google to produce Nexus smartphones. In particular, the deal will give Huawei’s smartphones a much-need stamp of approval and raise the profile of the brand globally. While Huawei will gain from an elevated global profile, Google also stands to get an opportunity to repair its relationship with Beijing to allow it to return to China.
There have speculations that Google is working to open a Chinese version of its Google Play app store before the end of this year.
China is too important to ignore
China has become an important smartphone market that Google can no longer ignore. Perhaps that explains why the company is seriously courting Chinese homegrown corporations like Huawei to repair strained relationships.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has produced Nexus phones in partnerships with LG Electronics of Korea and HTC of Taiwan.
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