Google's new Nexus phone could be from HTC

HTC and Google

Rumours which surfaced online this week suggest that Google and HTC could be partnering up for the first time in almost three years, to create a new smartphone for the search giant’s Nexus range.

It was already reported this month that HTC is fashioning its own ‘phablet’ hybrid, which will compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note family, but now GSMArena is citing a source that is aware of a direct link between this device and Google’s plans for a future release.

In terms of technical specs, the phone is purported to have a five inch touchscreen display, a quad core processor and a 12 megapixel primary camera.

It will apparently run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, although it could also sport Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, since Google tends to endow its Nexus models with the very latest iteration of its mobile operating system.

Google tends to source its Nexus devices from a number of manufacturers and has used both Samsung and Asus more recently than HTC. However, a linkup between the two companies is not out of the question and the promise of an alternative to the Galaxy Note range seems enticing.

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