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New Nexus phones could pack extra software on top of Android, CEO says

by Jacob Kleinman | June 1, 2016June 1, 2016 2:40 pm PST

New Nexus devices always ship with clean stock Android software, but it looks like that could change. Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently dropped some hints that the company wants to include extra software features in future Nexus phones.

“You’ll see us hopefully add more features on top of Android on Nexus phones,” Pichai said at Recode’s Code Conference on Wednesday (via The Verge). “There’s a lot of software innovation to be had.”

Google could take a more active role in the physical design as well. Pichai said the company will be “be more opinionated about the design of the phones” that fly under its Nexus banner. That could mean more hardware features like the fingerprint scanners included with last year’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

This doesn’t mean Google is taking its Nexus operation in-house. Pichai made it clear that the company still plans to work with other firms even after hiring former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh to lead a new hardware division for the search giant.

Pichai didn’t drop any specific clues about the next-generation of Nexus devices, but we may already know a lot about them. Rumor has Google’s tapped HTC to produce two new smartphones codenamed M1 and S1 with high-end specs and a pressure sensitive display.

The Verge

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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