An earlier rumor suggested HTC is working with Google on a pair of new Nexus phones. Now, a new report claims the Taiwanese phone-maker could be committed to a three-year contract with the search giant.
A post to social network Weibo, spotted by Chinese site MyDrivers, claims HTC will design and manufacture stock Android phones for Google for the next few years. That would mark the first time Google’s stuck with one company for more than two years in a row. It also comes as a bit of a surprise because HTC’s last attempt at a Nexus product, the Nexus 9 tablet, wasn’t much of a hit compared to the Asus-made Nexus 7.
Speaking of tablets, it sounds like HTC’s contract doesn’t cover any stock Android slates. It’s possible Google could work with another firm in that department. Then again, if the Pixel C is any indication, the company could be rethinking that market entirely and taking production in-house.
We still don’t know much about HTC’s alleged first batch of Nexus phones, though the company is reportedly working on 5-inch and 5.5-inch models. The new handsets may also offer a pressure sensitive display similar to Apple’s 3D Touch, which could come integrated into Google’s upcoming Android 7.0 software.