HTC Negotiates with Google for Potential Jelly Bean Nexus
New reports have surfaced today regarding HTC’s efforts to woo Google into choosing them as the next OEM for the next generation Nexus smartphone. The upcoming Nexus-branded super-device could very well run Android 5 a.k.a. Jelly Bean. Jeff Gordon, HTC’s Global Online Communications Manager, said that since Google hasn’t chosen its Nexus partner for Jellybean, all original equipment manufacturers, including HTC, are keeping their collective fingers crossed. But what are HTC’s chances of sealing the deal? That’s a good point to consider.
You can probably remember that HTC and Google have previously formed a close working relationship when the Taiwanese developed the Nexus One, and, before that, when HTC worked on Google’s very first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1. If experience and familiarity are the key factors in Google’s decision, then HTC is a clear pick. However, if Google is looking for variety and something new, then it has to be someone else. Although we have no idea whatsoever about Google’s real standing about the situation, Jeff Gordon insists that a Nexus development wouldn’t interfere with the company’s primary goal of delivering its Sense 3.6 UI and Android 4.0 ICS to its current line of devices.
But what about Samsung, you may ask. Well, Samsung isn’t a bad option either for Google. After all, the South Korean tech giant is heavily involved in developing the Nexus S model, as well as the Galaxy Nexus brand. Samsung local rivals, LG also suggested that they want a piece of the action. And then, there’s Motorola, which Google recently acquired.
If all goes well for HTC, the Taiwanese powerhouse will be flying to the clouds with the taste of Jellybean on its devices, including the HTC One series scheduled to arrive sometime in April this year. But for now, that remains a dream. Google has yet to make its most important decision this year. Motorola, LG, and Samsung are all just waiting for their shot. Do they stand a chance? Only Google knows.