The Nexus 6P is only a few months old, but rumors of a new stock Android smartphone are already popping up. Now a fresh leak out of China claims Google could team up with HTC for two new Nexus devices in 2016.
The Nexus lineup will apparently include 5-inch and 5.5-inch smartphones, suggesting Google will continue to offer two different size options. However, the alleged decision to tap HTC for both means they could be a lot more similar than the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. We might end up with identical handsets in different sizes, similar to how Apple sells the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
The report also claims that these new Nexus phones were Huawei’s to lose. The Chinese company did a great job with the Nexus 6P so it’s unclear why Google wouldn’t want to continue that relationship, though we don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes.
Google often uses the Nexus program to balance the scales between different Android phone-makers. So it makes sense that the search giant might want to give HTC a boost considering its recent struggles. Two Nexus phones won’t be enough to turn profits around, but it can’t hurt.