Google appears to be prepping a new service called Nexus Protect, which could offer some sort of warranty for the company’s stock Android phones and tablets. The new service would presumably compete with AppleCare along with HTC’s “Uh Oh” protection and other similar offerings.
Spotted by Android Police, references to Nexus Protect are already turning up in the Google Store. Specifically, a pop-up message explains that every device in your order needs to be covered by Nexus Protect for it to work.
“You can’t add this phone unless it has the same Nexus Protect choice as other phones in your cart,” the message says. “You can update your choice or purchase this phone in your next order.”
That name alone is enough to send our minds racing, even if there’s no other information for the moment. If Google does offer a warranty service with Nexus Protect, it could also help convince even more people to try one of the company’s unlocked stock Android devices.
Rumor has it Google is planning to hold a big event on September 29, where we’re expecting to see two new Nexus phones announced. That sounds like the perfect opportunity to reveal a Protect program as well, so hopefully we’ll learn more later this month.