Google Play Edition handsets are definitely the hop topic right now, and it appears that Huawei is the next company looking to join the ranks of Samsung and HTC in the GPE handset club.
Speaking with Pocket-Lint earlier today, Kevin Ho, president of the handset product division at Huawei, stated that the company is collaborating with Google to produce a new edition of the Ascend P6 which will run stock Android.
We are working with Google to analyse the possibility of bringing out a Huawei Ascend P6 with Google Edition,
Ok, so nothing’s set in stone quite yet, but at least we officially know that talks are on-going. Interestingly though, this is directly counter to the company’s statements issued when it initially launched the Ascend P6 in London earlier this month. The company’s chairman, Richard Yu, insisted that Huawei’s Emotion UI was better was far better than stock Android, and that it offered “hundreds of improvements” over the default Android experience.
So the real question is what is Huawei’s motive; a simple u-turn to capitalise on all the coverage that’s being given to these Google Play Edition handsets? Perhaps Richard Yu was overselling the benefits of Huawei’s Emotion UI when he said it would be better in touch with a user’s “emotions”. Needless to say, the PR on this one looks to be a little bit of a mess.
But Huawei isn’t the only company which might be interested in joining the GPE club, both Sony and LG are considered likely candidates for another stock Android device. It will be interesting to see how many other manufacturers will announce Google Edition handsets in the near future.