New Nexus handset to be built by Huawei

Huawei-Nexus-6PChinese mobile maker Huawei will be partnering with Google again to produce a fresh Nexus-branded smartphone for launch later in the year.

This is according to assertions made by Charlene Munilall, who represents the manufacturer in the South African market. She told Gearburn that the deal to follow up on the success of the Nexus 6P had been struck, indicating that Huawei has ousted rival firm HTC from Google’s good books in the process.

Of course, there is also the chance that both Huawei and HTC will be tasked with building distinct Nexus models in 2016, broadening Google’s range of handsets and perhaps catering to different segments of the market.

Earlier reports have suggested that the Nexus 6P is getting an upgrade this year, although the extent of the changes being made is still unclear. One thing which seems likely is that Huawei will be working to integrate aspects of virtual reality support, in combination with Google’s only Daydream platform.

In the next 12 months, it is thought that VR will become a bigger part of the mobile market, along with the mainstream arrival of 4K display technologies and the faster processors which will keep these components ticking over.