Confirmed: Huawei Backed Off from the Google Pixel Phones’ Deal

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Huawei made its name known to the world when it took charge of the magnificent Google Nexus 6P. While many expected the company to come back even stronger in 2016, the opposite happened.

Google was quite impressed with the works of Huawei with its Nexus 6P and apparently, the search engine giant was open to another deal for the second year running with respect to the 2016 Google Pixel phones.

A Huawei official has come out with a statement saying that Google approached the company as far as manufacturing the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones is concerned, however, the Nexus 6P maker was not ready to go into another partnership with Google. Google had already set out its plans that the 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL will drop any OEM’s branding that appeared before on its Nexus devices. On the other hand, Huawei was also determined to keep spreading its brand name to the world and it was happy with how things were handled with the Nexus 6P, something that wasn’t going to happen with the Pixel phones.

Google Pixel phones have been marketed as pure Google devices, making them the first to do so without the inclusion of the partner OEM in the branding. According to Colin Giles, the company’s VP of Consumer Business Group, this was not Huawei’s way of doing things. Google wanted Huawei to be a silent partner in the deal, something the company has done before. However, with the company’s rise to prominence in the recent past, it was not possible striking such a deal.

Huawei NOVA and NOVA Plus

Since Google still needed to have such a partner to proceed with its plans, it turned to HTC – a Taiwanese company that has been struggling in the smartphone world over the past few years. As it turned out, this was the perfect solution for the tech giant and its planned Google Pixel phones – there is no HTC branding unless you tear apart the phone to get out the non-removable battery.

When the Huawei NOVA and NOVA Plus were released, reports came out suggesting that the two were the abandoned Google Pixel (Google Nexus 2016) phones. As it seems, this could indeed be true.

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